VIA Metropolitan Transit and Bexar County have partnered to provide complimentary Special Event Park & Ride Service to and from the Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
Participants can ride fare-free to the March from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, March 26, from the Alamodome parking lots B and C. Return service will be offered until 2:30 p.m. from Old Bowie Street next to the Institute of Texan Cultures, Gate 4.
“VIA, like the community it serves, has a strong history of honoring the contributions of America’s workers, who in the past two years, have emerged as America’s heroes. We celebrate the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the principles he stood and fought for, with our ongoing commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and in our community,” VIA President/CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt said. “Thank you to the Cesar Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation for being strong partners and supporting VIA’s heroes—our frontline workers who help keep San Antonio moving, every day.”
The partnership to support the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy & Educational Foundation (CECLEF) began in 2019. An in-person March was not held in 2020 or 2021, due to COVID precautions.
The organization’s annual march is co-sponsored by the City of San Antonio. This year’s theme is celebrating “La Causa Sigue – The Cause Continues.” The Grand Marshal for the procession is San Antonio First Lady Erika Prosper, who was a migrant farm worker during her childhood.
“The pandemic has made it challenging for our community to gather together,” CECLEF Chair Ernest J. Martinez said. “But it has also made us stronger because we’ve united to lift each other up and create new resources to solve for food and health disparities, job loss, the digital divide and other vulnerabilities that were exposed.”
March participants are encouraged to drop off canned food items at the beginning of the March’s route, 723 S. Brazos, to benefit the San Antonio Food Bank through the “Yes We Can/Sí Se Puede” food drive campaign.