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CESAR E. CHAVEZ MEMORIAL – UNVEILING CEREMONY- SATURDAY, JUNE 8,2013

Alfredo Figueroa,a member of the organizing committee and also a member of LULAC was master of ceremonies for the unveiling.
Alfredo Figueroa,a member of the organizing committee and also a member of LULAC was master of ceremonies for the unveiling.

 The March was long but joyful and the participants joined a large crowd already along the mall. Mr. Alfredo Figueroa was the master of ceremonies for the event and the colors were presented by Ysmael R. Villegas Memorial Post 184.

Ysmael R. Villegas Memorial VFW Post 184 presented the colors
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Mayor Rusty Bailey welcomed everyone to the big event

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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.

Riverside LULAC 3190 President Gilberto Esquivel – Elected Treasurer of California State LULAC

Riverside LULAC 3190 President Gilberto Esquivel - Elected Treasurer of California State LULAC

Gilberto Esquivel, President of Riverside Council 3190, being sworn in as the new Treasurer of California State LULAC in Long Beach, Ca, The Mighty 3190 makes another stride!

Sala Ponnech,Lulac vice President, Yolanda Esquivel, Lulac Health Fair Chairman and member of Credential Committee and Gilberto Esquivel President of Riverside Council 3190 await the start of the business meeting of the California State Coinvention
Sala Ponnech,Lulac Vice President, Yolanda Esquivel, Lulac Health Fair Chairman and member of Credential Committee and Gilberto Esquivel President of Riverside Council 3190 await the start of the business meeting of the California State Convention

Pictures of 2014 LULAC Council’s 3190 3rd Annual Health Fair

Setting the gym, the day before the health fair.
Setting the gym, the day before the health fair.
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The Helpful People from Honda showed up…they helped empty full trash cans. They were totally unexpected
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The local radio station 99.1 was there early in the morning to offer coffee to those people standing in line!
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Lupita Esquivel , Secretary of LULAC had the all important job of running registration.
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The parking lots at the Cesar Chavez center were full way before the opening.
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Just some of the line for registration early in the morning.
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The vendors just beginning to set up early in the morning.
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IBEW was just one of our many sponsor and they also contributed union members to help set up and helps us take everything down. Here there sign is in back of a table that checked everyone’s vital signs before they received services
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The line for services went around the block. The need is great!
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Where our many volunteers checked in.
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The mobile clinic of one of our main health providers..The Riverside County Regional Medical Center. They provided several doctors for primary health care. Thank goodness they were there..during the course of the health fair they saved a person’s life who happened to have a heart attack.
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The calm before the storm. This is where dental procedures were performed.
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This is another one of our partners..before the day was done they had tested and given out more than 430 pairs of eyeglasses.
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Just a list of some of the services we offered. This year we also added ear screenings along with free mammograms.
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The Lions Club in Action!
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The Tzuchi org and one of our main partners and their local youth organization at UCR.
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People signing up for the Affordable Care Act!
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Attendees waiting to be seen by a medical doctor.
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Riverside Assemblymen Jose Medina had a presence at the health Fair.
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The councilmen of the Ward where the health fair was being held..Andy Melendez.
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Members of Lulac coordinating the vendors
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LULAC 3190 President Gilberto Esquivel with Riverside’s Mayor the Honorable Rusty Bailey.
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Riverside County Supervisor and health fair supporter Marion Ashley at dinner after the health fair.
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Early in the morning before the health fair opened. Believe it or not this area was used for mental health counseling and it was busy all day long.
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This area was used for acupuncture. and it was very busy.
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Early in the morning the lines were long and the parking lots were full
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The line for registration went around the block
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Attendees registering in the auditorium at Cesar Chavez Community Center
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Before people received the services they desired their vital signs were checked.
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The Lions Club, Friends in Sight are one of biggest providers. Totally organized and able to able to adapt to unexpected circumstances..that’s why they can furnish over 430 glasses to attendees in a day.
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Teaching everyone about the importance of dental hygiene.
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We ended up feeding more than 300 providers and volunteers that day.
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This is one of our chapters banners. The MIGHTY 3190!!!!
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People were happy that day because they were going to receive much needed services.
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Some of the providers and volunteers at the dinner at the end of the health fair. It was at the end of a very long but rewarding day.
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Our Lulac Members and volunteers starting arriving before 5 a.m. in the morning an already more than 200 attendees were standing in line.
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After the attendees registered and their vital signs were taken they waited in the auditorium for their numbers to be called.
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Attendees patiently waiting to register outside the auditorium.
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The need was great as people waiting to register lined around the block.
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Some of our many providers, in the case members of Friends in Sight, enjoying a delicious burrito.
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Some of the dentists and volunteers enjoying dinner after a very long but rewarding day.
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Table of our student volunteers enjoying a light moment at the after dinner.

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Redistricting Efforts to give the people of Riverside. Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris a Voice in Washington ,D.C.

One of our many members who spoke at the California Redistricting Commission hearing
One of our many members who spoke at the California Redistricting Commission hearings.
One of the many workshops our members attended  before drawing the maps that were acepted by the Independent Redistricting Commission
One of the many workshops our members attended before drawing the maps that were accepted by the Independent Redistricting Commission

In our quest for a fair and balanced redistricting results for the citizens of Riverside, LULAC 3190 members attended many workshops before they drew up the maps for our area. These maps were eventually accepted by the Independent California Redistricting Commission.