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Begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Oxnard: Farm workers march to honor Cesar Chavez & protest increased ICE crackdowns plaguing farm communities


Oxnard, Calif.—Farm workers are marching in Oxnard on Sunday to honor Cesar Chavez and 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 nearly one month after a farm worker husband and wife couple were killed in a car crash in Delano while fleeing ICE agents, orphaning their six children.

United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez will join U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley and Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza in leading the Oxnard march, one of four taking place this month in California. A fifth march took place in Washington state’s Yakima Valley and a sixth was in 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 Oxnard.

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 and http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-delano-crash-explainer-20180412-story.html

Who:  Ventura County farm workers, UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez, U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, county Supevisor John Zaragoza.

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

When: March starts at 10:30 a.m., rally follows at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Where: Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School, 200 No. Juanita Ave., Oxnard 93030.

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