Madera youth staged a local protest this past week to coincide with a national call for immigration reform. About 60 people gathered at Courthouse Park with posters and American flags.
The May Day march and rally was organized by Central Valley Youth Association, a 5-member group that aims to organize locals to demand lawmakers to pass legislation to provide a pathway toward legalization for about 11 million immigrants.
Led by organizer Jose Eduardo Chavez, a Madera resident and student at Fresno Pacific University, the protesters made several rounds around the park before standing on the corner of Yosemite Avenue and Gateway Drive. There, the group yelled, chanted and waved their posters and flags demanding immigration reform.
It sparked interest in at least a few passersby Wednesday. They approached the Chavez and asked what the protest was about...