Antioch Celebrates Cesar Chavez


About a 150 people filled Beede Auditorium Sunday afternoon to celebrate Cesar Chavez. The event was celebrated earlier this year to avoid a conflict with Easter. The celebration was presented by Give Always to Others & Co (GATO), Antioch School District, and the City of Antioch.

Chavez was a Latino American civil rights activist and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His approach to getting things improved was to be aggressive, but nonviolent tactics.

“Carmen Aguilar-Ochoa has been putting the event on for ten years in order to continue the legacy of Cesar Chavez, as a civil rights advocate, community service supporter and a role model for all. I think it is important for our students to keep his legacy alive in their hearts and minds,” said AUSD Board Member Diane Gibson-Gray.

The event was attended by the entire Antioch City Council, Assemblyman Jim Frazier, Antioch Unified School District Board Members, and representatives from George Millers office.

Photos of performances are courtesy of Diane Gibson-Gray.

Here is a look at the Program

Mistresses of Ceremonies

  • Mayor Pro Term Mary Rocha / AUSD President Joy Motts

Color Guard, Pledge of Allegiance

  • Boy Scout Troop 159, Antioch

National Anthem

  • Jim M. Martin


  • Louie Rocha, Antioch High School principal
  • Dr. Donald Gill, AUSD Superintendent
  • Wade Harper, Antioch Mayor


  • Sergio Tumbaga
  • Wade Harper, Antioch Mayor
  • Jim Frazier, 11th District Assemblywoman


  • Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Esther Torres
  • Mariachi San Miguel
  • The Pulido Family, Rope Artists
  • Film: “With Cesar and La Causa”


  • De Colores with Guillermo “Bill” Muniz