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18th ANNUAL PEACE & UNITY MARCH IN WATSONVILLE

Residents Say Remaining Proactive Against Violence Has Made Big Difference! Event will honor local residents who lost their lives to domestic and street violence.

 

18th ANNUAL PEACE & UNITY MARCH 2012

On Sunday, September 30, 2012, hundreds of local residents will be joining the 18TH ANNUAL WATSONVILLE PEACE & UNITY MARCH taking place at 11am on the Watsonville Plaza. The Peace ceremony begins at 11:00am and peace march at 12:30pm.   Several community leaders, family members of victims of violence and youth will be addressing the effects of violence on our communities. 

“This march is an ongoing effort to stop the destruction of our youth and community by violence,” said Yesenia Molina, an organizer of the Watsonville Peace and Unity Coalition.   “It creates a community consciousness about becoming actively involved in reducing violence and improving our neighborhoods for our future generations.”

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 in Santa Cruz County in the last few years, it is critical to help promote and sustain events like this. “It is all our responsibility to make our community a safer place,” states Tomas Alejo, a community activist and event organizer.

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. Event organizers are also working with the City of Watsonville to make the march a permanent event, co-sponsored by the City Council.

“Remaining proactive against violence has made a tremendous difference,” said Yesenia.  “After this march first began sixteen years ago, we have seen other efforts emerge throughout our city to bring peace and unity to all our homes, schools, and neighborhoods, and to keep awareness and action focused on building positive community here in Watsonville.”

ALL FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES TO VIOLENCE ARE INVITED TO SET UP AN ALTAR BEFORE THE PEACE CEREMONY AT 8AM.


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. Currently, Cesar serves as the Executive Director for the Avenues Project, a visionary non-profit out of East Oakland Community High School. 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.

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

THE PEACE AND UNITY COALITION, THE WATSONVILLE BROWN BERETS, WHITE HAWK AZTEC DANCE GROUP, WATSONVILLE MAYOR EDUARDO MONTESINO, THE CITY OF WATSONVILLE, ASSEMBLYMEN LUIS ALEJO, PAJARO VALLEY FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, RAMIRO MEDRANO, JOVITA MOLINA, THE SPRINGFIELD GRANGE, THE CESAR CHAVEZ DEMOCRATIC CLUB, KARINA CERVANTEZ, ALI ESPINOZA, MARIA LUISA ALEJO, THE RESOURCE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE, FELIPE HERNANDEZ, DEFENSA DE LAS MUJERES, HARTNELL COLLEGE, THE OW FAMILY, AND SI SE PUEDE.

We invite your news agency the opportunity to cover this event, we hope to see you there. Thank you

WHAT:    The 18th Annual Watsonville Peace & Unity March

WHEN:    Sunday, September 30, 2012

TIME:      11:00am Opening Ceremony,  12:30pm March Begins

WHERE:  Ceremony on City Plaza & March will take place throughout various neighborhoods. 

        

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Juan Q Citizan September 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Unity in Watsonville? lol. Who rules the streets, that's the real question.
TOMAS ALEJO September 20, 2012 at 12:56 AM
The people of our community, the youth, the elders, the women, the men, and the children rule the streets!
Rebecca Tait September 20, 2012 at 05:37 AM
The people of Watsonville care / we love our city and want it to be safe for all.
Debbire Aguilar October 02, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Beautiful Photos of the children, They are the reason WE go forward , Ongoing Peace Marches throughout our cities, Good Job Tomas. We will join you in the next one. Debbie Aguilar In Salinas, Ca. Says PEACE NOW!!!
Watzon McWats October 02, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Tomas, do you care to expand upon "the people of our community"? The Brown Berets, which are an anti-military, anti-police, race-centric group are a large part of - if not the center of this event. This is the same group that has told me that people of my ethnicity should not have a say in what goes on in Watsonville. So who exactly do you mean by "the people of our community"? Who is included in the Brown Beret's community? If this is intended for the community of Watsonville, then why is a race based group at the center of it? Doesn't sound like "unity" to me. I'm open to hearing your side of the story though.

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