Thursday, March 31, 2016

Cesar E. Chavez Day of Service Ceremony @ Ft. Sam Houston, 3-31

Cesar e. Chavez Legacy & Education Foundation Founder Jaime Martinez with Keynote Speaker Walker Report Editor & former Judge Steve Walker, wife Linda Walker, Jaime Martinez, Maria Lopez, Marie Martinez, Pat Fennel, Tony Mandujano, Esmareldo Pruneda, Alee Wallace, San Juan Guillermo, Steen Price, supporters, cemetery

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Official Open Ceremonies:Fiesta @ Fiesta at the Alamo, 4-14

Walker Report Editor & former Judge Steve Walker
 with El Rey Feo, 2011 Bill Drain
Thursday, April 14th
5 p.m. Official Open Ceremonies: Fiesta® Fiesta at the Alamo – Alamo Plaza
6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Dialogue Friendship Dinner @ Univ. of the Incarnate Word, 4-7


West SA Chamber of Commerce, Council Breakfast Series, 4-26


Fiesta de los Reyes @ Market Square, Fiesta entertainment, 4-15-24


Monday, March 28, 2016

Runoff Election. Early Voting May 16th-20th, Election Day, 5-24


Listening Tour Saturday, @ Five Points Local on North Flores, 4-2


I've visited 33 of the 56 public schools in our district. I want to talk with you about what I've learned so far.

Our Listening Tour, School Visits: What I've Learned So Far, will be held at Five Points Local (1017 N. Flores) on April 2nd from 10AM to 11:30AM.
If you are a teacher, parent/guardian, or student in any school setting, I want to hear from you. Call your District Office at (210) 308-9700.
More soon,
Diego M. Bernal
State Representative
Texas House District 123

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Election Day Runoff May 24th, Early Vote May 16th-20th

Friend's, There is a Runoff Election taking place. Please make it a point to go out and vote. These folks Create and Enforce the laws that we live by.

Mario Marcel Salas for Texas Hosue District 120
Angelica I. Jimenez for Judge of the 408TH District Court
Javier Salazar for Bexar County Sheriff
— with Mario Marcel Salas, Angelica Jimenez-Espinoza and Javier Salazar.

Elect Mario Salas for State Representative District 120, 5-24

Elect Mario Salas for State Representative District 120 Run-Off Election
- Early Voting: May 16th-20th - Election Day: May 24th

Pd. Political ad, Elect Mario Salas Campaign for State Rep. Dist 120, Howard Anderson-Treasurer, P.O. Box 200591, SATX 78220.

"Just a Thought" Column continues in La Prensa of SA, 3-27

Just a Thought: Vets tribute to Cesar E. Chavez
by Steve Walker

Yesterday thousands turned out in the Westside for the 20th Anniversary of the annual Cesar E. Chavez March. Those that didn’t march lined Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard from Avenida Guadalupe Cultural Center to the Alamo, encouraging the marchers on their trek.

It took local civil rights activist Jaime Martinez and longtime Chavez ally seven years of lobbying the San Antonio City Council to rename Durango Boulevard to Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard in 2011. To this day, Jaime still spearheads the annual Chavez March as well as other Chavez related activities.

The 20 year celebration of the legacy of the civil rights activist who with Dolores Huerta co-founded the National Farm Workers Association later known as the United Farm Workers Union, continues.

His famous expression, “Si Se Puede,” has become synonymous with the struggle of all workers to receive better working conditions as well as increased wages. 

His birthday March 31st is officially a Texas State Holiday. This year for the first time his actual birthday will be celebrated at Fort Sam Houston at the Assembly area where Veterans Day celebrations take place. This event will be a Veterans tribute to his military service.

Chavez served in the Navy for two years during WWII. As a Viet Nam Veteran, I am honored to be the keynote speaker at that tribute to veterans and Cesar Chavez along with other speakers.

Since I have already written my speech I thought it would be appropriate to share just a few of those thoughts today for those who will not be able to attend the tribute this coming Thursday.
  • ·        89 years ago today, Civil Rights Activist and Navy Veteran Cesar E. Chavez was born near Yuma Arizona
  • ·        Chavez dedicated his life to improving the treatment, pay and working conditions for farm workers
  • ·        In 1942 Chavez quit school in the seventh grade. It would be his final year of formal schooling because he told others he didn’t want his mother to have to work in the fields
  • ·        Chavez enlisted for two years in the Navy at the age of 17
  • ·        In 1973 Chavez received the Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefitting the Disadvantaged
  • ·        In 1992, Chavez was awarded the Catholic Church’s Pacem in Terris ward, named after a 1963 encyclical by Pope John XXIII calling all people of good will to secure peace among nations
  • ·        September 8th, 1994 Chavez was presented posthumously the President Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton. His widow Helen Chavez accepted the award
  • ·        December 6th, 2006 California Governor Arnold Scharzennegger and First Lady Maria Shriver  inducted Chavez into the California Hall of Fame
  • ·        August 9th, 2011 Durango Boulevard in San Antonio officially became Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard
  • ·        Cesar E. Chavez died April 23rd, 1993
 Join us for the March 31st Veterans Tribute and celebrate the contributions of Cesar E. Chavez to the struggle for worker’s rights. “Si Se Puede.”  

Anyway, as always, what I write is “Just a Thought.”

Steve Walker is a Vietnam Veteran and former Justice of the Peace and Journalist. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

3rd post-20th Anniversary Cesar Chavez March on Westside, 3-26

Civil Rights Activiist Jaime Martinez with Sylvia Don, particiants