VIA, Bexar County partnership provides free rides to San Antonio's Cesar E. Chavez March

by San Antonio CurrentMarch 23, 2019

By Lea Thompson | San Antonio Current

Photo courtesy JPL PRO - Julián P. Ledezma

VIA Metropolitan Transit and Bexar County will offer free rides to those attending the Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice — an annual event that brings thousands to march in downtown San Antonio — on Saturday, March 30.

The 2019 march, co-sponsored by the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy & Educational Foundation (CECLEF) and the City of San Antonio, marks the first time that free rides have been available in the event’s 23-year history. The event will celebrate the theme “Voices and Votes for Education, Social Justice, and Equality."

“Every year, thousands march together in unity to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez," said CECLEF Chairman Ernest J. Martinez. "The march now attracts all parts of the community to include youth organizations, university student groups, employer diversity groups, and non-profit organizations from across the community.”

Cesar Luis Chavez, grandson to Cesar E. Chavez, will serve as the event's Grand Marshal, while Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Texas A&M University-San Antonio President, will serve as the Honorary Grand Marshal. Attendees are encouraged to drop off canned food donations at 723 S. Brazos, the march's starting point, to benefit the San Antonio Food Bank.

Free rides will run between 8 and 10 a.m., leaving from the downtown UTSA parking lots on Dolorosa Street at Pecos La Trinidad Street and from the Alamodome parking lots B and C on Cherry Street. Return services will be available until 3 p.m., leaving from Old Bowie Street, located near the Institute of Texan Cultures Gate 4.

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