Meet at the Watsonville City Plaza on Main Street at 11:00am!
March Begins: 12:30am ● Peace Rally: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
The Peace and Unity March has been an annual event since 1994 when the families of victims and our local community came together to organize an event to speak out against violence in the streets in South Santa Cruz County. With the increase of violence that has happened in Santa Cruz County in the last few years, it is critical to help promote and sustain events like ours. It is all our responsibility to make our community a safer place.
Today, the march is still organized by local youth, local community groups and the growing number of families who have lost loved ones to violence. We are also working with the City of Watsonville to make the march a permanent event, co-sponsored by the City Council.
We also hope you can contribute a donation to support the march. We are in need of cash donations to rent tables and chairs, pay the permit fees and purchase materials for the signs.
We also need food for the morning Peace and Unity Ceremony and for after the march. We are requesting: coffee, pan dulce, tacos or burritos, canned or bottled drinks, water and flowers for alters. A non-profit tax ID can be provided for any monetary contributions.
We greatly appreciate your interest and support of the 18th Annual Peace and Unity March!
THE PEACE AND UNITY COALITION, THE WATSONVILLE BROWN BERETS, WHITE HAWK AZTEC DANCE GROUP, THE CITY OF WATSONVILLE, PAJARO VALLEY FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, LUIS ALEJO, ALI ESPINOSA, FELIPE HERNANDEZ, JOVITA MOLINA, THE RESOURCE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE, BARRIOS UNIDOS, ROCIO BURGUS, THE REDWOOD PEACE FUND, MARIA LUISA ALEJO, RAMIRO MEDRANO, HARTNELL COLLEGE, KARINA CERVANTEZ, THE HOMIES EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM, DEFENSA DE LAS MUJERES, AND THE OW FAMILY.
The Watsonville Peace and Unity Coalition
Please make checks payable to:
Watsonville Brown Berets
511 Broadway Street
Santa Cruz, Ca 95060
Keynote speaker: Cesar A. Cruz, founder of the Homies Empowerment Project of Oakland, CA.
Cesar A. Cruz is a human rights freedom fighter and educator. Cesar prefers his role as a counselor and teacher for the youth and is trying to get youth who gang bang to do so for freedom. He has received the Peacemaker of the Year award from the California State Assembly and the Outstanding Commitment to Justice Award from Pacifica Radio. He is the author of a volume of poetry and short stories entitled Revenge of the Illegal Alien: A Mexican Takes on the Empire.