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Chicano Federation And San Diego Loyal Honor Chavez With Mural

The Chicano Federation and the San Diego Loyal Soccer Club created a mural wi...

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Above: The Chicano Federation and the San Diego Loyal Soccer Club created a mural with a message of hope and unity at the Delta Apartments in Shelltown neighborhood of San Diego as part of a day of service on Cesar Chavez Day.

In celebration of Cesar Chavez Day, the Chicano Federation and San Diego Loyal Soccer Club honored the legendary labor leader with a mural and gardening project in Southwest San Diego.

Reported by Melissa Mae , Video by Mike Damron

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The artwork and succulent garden at the Delta Apartments in the Shelltown neighborhood carry Chavez’s message of community, said Veronica Macedo, the Chicano Federation’s Director of Development and Community Relations, “He was a person that did everything for his community, so we wanted to come into the community and do something for this neighborhood,” Macedo said.

Chavez, along with Delores Huerta, founded the United Farm Workers Union in the early 1960s.

Joining the Chicano Federation were members of the San Diego Loyal, the city’s professional soccer team. Longtime U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan, who is the Loyal manager, participated in the event.

Donovan said partnering with the Chicano Federation for this event was a no-brainer.

“We want to connect to this community in a real way,” he said “We want to be committed to this community just like the Chicano Federation and ultimately we want to build comradery and you do that by donating your time.”

Donovan said the two organizations share the values that Chavez stood for, “To go out and promote values of equality and respect for all people.”


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Melissa Mae
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opening quote marksclosing quote marksAs a freelance reporter, I cover a wide variety of stories. One day I may cover the current COVID-19 situation and the next day my story may be about a San Diego landmark. With a background in sports broadcasting, any time I get to cover a sports story is an added bonus! I love covering stories about the place I am lucky enough to call home, San Diego.

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