All around the country Saturday, March 28th people honored the life of Cesar E. Chavez. Right here in Austin many gathered, including Theatre Action Project, to participate in the “Si Se Puede!” march.
The march began at the A.B. Cantu Pan Recreation Center and ended at the Mexican American Cultural Center. The Workers Defense Project hosted the march, hoping to make more people aware of the work Cesar Chavez did organizing and helping farm workers.
In preparation for Saturday’s events, TAP after school classes at Langford and Jordan Elementaries learned about Cesar Chavez and made armbands, banners and a puppet for the march. There was also a TAP led family workshop at Zavala Elementary, to help get parents and families involved in Saturday’s events. These workshops were led by TAP teachers Florinda Bryant and Erika Gonzalez. Erika is also the co-director of PODER (People Organizing in Defense of Earth and her Resources), which was one of Saturday’s prominent sponsors and march organizers.
TAP was excited and honored to participate in Saturday’s events. And in efforts to celebrate Cesar Chavez year round, we include curriculum on Cesar Chavez in our Heroes of History program for after school classes. Cesar Chavez is also featured prominently in our Courage in Action! touring interactive performance residency for 5th graders, a program geared towards teaching children community activism.
Cesar E. Chavez’s birthday is March 31st, the farm worker, civil rights and labor leader is widely recognized as one of the most important leaders of the 20th century.