Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Mass and the March on the Morning of the Unveiling of the Cesar Chavez Statue

The Mass

On the early morning of June 8, 2013 it was only fitting that a mass was performed by the Bishop of the diocese at Riverside’s historic church the cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine,

The Shrine of the Lady of Guadalupe that is located in Riverside's east side
The Shrine of the Lady of Guadalupe that is located in Riverside’s east side
The church was rightfully full that day because it was a joyous occasion.
The church was rightfully full that day because it was a joyous occasion.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine

 

The Bishop moves towards the altar
The Bishop moves towards the altar
The Altar of the Shrine of the Lady of Guadalupe
The Altar of the Shrine of the Lady of Guadalupe
The Bishop could not have delivered a finer sermon that beautiful saturday morning.
The Bishop could not have delivered a finer sermon that beautiful saturday morning.

 

 

 

 

The procession leaving the church so that the march to the downtown Riverside mall where the statue is could begin.
The procession leaving the church,so that the march to the downtown Riverside mall  could begin.

 

After the Mass – the March to Downtown Riverside

The march begins leaving the church heading towards downtown.
The march begins leaving the church heading towards downtown.
This bands plays it all the way.
This bands plays it all the way.
The lyrics of De Colores a traditional Mexican Folk Song. This beautiful song transcends both spanish and english and truly signifies the meaning of “Music is the Universal Language”

As the crowd marched the band begins to play and the people begin to sing the famous Mexican Folk Song, Des Colores. Following are the lyrics to famous song.

 

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The crowd begins the march to University Avenue
The crowd begins the march to University Avenue
Gilberto Esquivel, LANET member and also President of LULAC Council 3190, hoists the bullhorn as he holds the flag of the Farmworkers Union
Gilberto Esquivel, LANET member and also President of LULAC Council 3190, hoists the bullhorn as he holds the flag of the Farmworkers Union

 

 

 

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The march along University avenue finally crosses into Downtown Riverside.

 

While marching the crowd is singing “Des Colores” proudly hoisting the American, California and flags of the farmworkers union.  The March contains many notables from Riverside including ‘Mr. Mayor” Ron Loveridge, an early supporter of the Cesar Chavez statue.  Marching along are Riverside Assembly Person and former educator and member of the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees, Jose Medina and our local Congressman Mark Takano, also a former educator and member of the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees.  The weather was perfect on that Saturday morning in June.

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The march was greeted by a very large crowd on the Downtown Riverside Mall. Excitement was in the air as everyone was anticipating the unveiling of the statue.

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The Art Show Prior to the Unveiling of the Cesar E. Chavez Statue

The week prior to the unveiling there were all kinds of activities meant to engage the community.  A play was performed, poetry was read and dances were performed. but most visual was the art show on the downtown mall. It was a week that not many Riversiders will soon forget because it culminated a collective effort to bring a statue of Cesar Chavez to downtown Riverside.

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This shows the sculptor with the clay model before it is cast.

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This shows the sculptor with a clay model. One of the figures that is alongside the statue.

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Dolores Huerta Cesar’s right hand person and herself an American Icon!

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Although this shows his hand raised, Cesar Chavez was a peaceful and humble man who did not tolerate violence in the movement he led.

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Thi picture gives a brief history of some of the highlight of this great American hero.
This picture gives a brief history of some of the highlights of this great American hero.
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The outside of the gallery where the art show took place on the mall.
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This shows the memorial area all covered up before the unveiling.

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This was part of the art show and it gives a history of Cesar Chavez..truly an American hero
This was part of the art show and it gives a history of Cesar Chavez..truly an American hero

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The Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Cesar Chavez Statue on the Mall in Downtown Riverside

The color guard from Riverside's Casa Blanca getting ready to hoist the colors.
The color guard from Riverside’s Casa Blanca getting ready to hoist the colors.

Many members of LULAC Council 3190 were active participants in getting a statue of Cesar Chavez erected on the mall in downtown Riverside.  The project itself was directed by LANET(The Latino Action Network).  LANET a member of LULAC has several members in both organizations. The task wasn’t easy because the project alone required raising over $350,000, obtaining the permission of the city and choosing a design that members of the community would be proud to show the younger generations of the community, while sharing his valiant story.  The civil rights leader had a long and storied connection to  Riverside County, due to the county’s historical agricultural roots.  Since Riverside is the County Seat of government it seemed only appropriate that the statue find a home on the mall along with other notable statues.


As a result there were many activities associated with final placement of the much deserved honor for an American Civil Rights Hero. This sight will show the many happening that took place along the way.

THE GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY ON THE DOWNTOWN RIVERSIDE MALL

People awaiting the start of the groundbreaking ceremony.
People awaiting the start of the groundbreaking ceremony.
Riverside's New Mayor Rusty Bailey along with Councilman Chris Mac Arthur await the groundbreaking.
Riverside’s New Mayor Rusty Bailey along with Councilman Chris Mac Arthur await the groundbreaking.
Ruben Gomez and his wife in anticipation of the ceremony. Ruben has been in charge of the public relations for LULAC'S  Three Health Fairs and has done an extraordinary job.
Ruben Gomez and his wife in anticipation of the ceremony. Ruben has been in charge of the public relations for LULAC’S Three Health Fairs and has done an extraordinary job.
Two LULAC members Maribel Nunez and Sala Ponnech conversing, while waiting the start of the festivities.
Two LULAC members Maribel Nunez and Sala Ponnech conversing, while waiting the start of the festivities.
LULAC Council 3190 President and now California State Treasurer standing next to two original members of the Farmworkers Union
LULAC Council 3190 President and now California State Treasurer standing next to two original members of the Farmworkers Union
As darkness falls on a Riverside late fall night the groundbreaking for Cesar Chavez begins.
As darkness falls on a Riverside late fall night the groundbreaking for Cesar Chavez’s statue begins.