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Begins at 2 p.m. Sunday in Livingston: Farm worker march honors Cesar Chavez, protests fear plaguing farm communities in wake of ICE enforcement

Livingston, Calif.— Farm workers march in Livingston on Sunday to honor Cesar Chavez and to protest stepped up and indiscriminate ICE enforcement actions striking terror in many rural communities across California and the nation. The march, one of six this month in three states, comes only six days after funeral services in Delano for a farm worker husband and wife couple killed in a car crash while being chased by ICE agents that orphaned their six children ages eight to 18.

United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez will help lead the Livingston march, one of four planned this month in California. A fifth march takes place in Washington state’s Yakima Valley and a sixth is set for South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. The UFW reports stepped up activities in farm communities by ICE agents randomly targeting farm workers, often as they drive to work. UFW and UFW Foundation are jointly sponsoring the event in Livingston.

For more on the March 13 deaths in Delano of Santos Hilario Garcia, 35, and Marcelina Garcia Perfecto, 33, see: http://www.bakersfield.com/news/couple-who-fled-ice-mourned-at-delano-service/article_f05fbb46-36ab-11e8-9fa0-fbb557dbe5bc.html and http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-delano-ice-funeral-20180402-story.html

 Who:  Central Valley farm workers, UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez.

What: One of six marches this month in three states protesting stepped up ICE enforcement striking terror in many farm worker communities.

When: Marchers will gather at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Where: Near St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 330 Franci St., Livingston 96334 with march beginning at the corner of Crowell and Franci St.

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