Venice, CA. The Venice Car Show Fundraiser for the Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument will take place at Oakwood Park (767 California Ave) in Venice on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Car entrance fee is $25.00 and the gates will open at 8 a.m. They will also be celebrating Mexican Independence Day since Venice’s Annual “El Grito” Mexican Independence Day Celebration takes place during this week. This is a free family-friendly community event that has been sponsored by Council Member Mike Bonin. All proceeds will go towards the Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument.
There will be Oaxaquena Food Truck, DJ music by Joey Bustamante, 50/50 Drawing Raffle, photo booth, live entertainment by Venice’s Fly N. Lion Band, Venice’s Finest Classic Cars and Low riders, The Moss Lady-Gwen Moseley, Urban Mysticism Bath and Body Works, Mexican Gifts, Oaxaquena Gifts,Venice Brand, Venice Heritage Museum, C’Los Designs, and a Flor de Mayo Folklorico Boutique. Live performances by Danza Azteca Chicimeca and Donja Princesa Folklorico Group. There will be a special guest, Jimmy Humilde, Venice native and producer.
The Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument was approved to be placed at the Windward Circle in Venice and passed unanimously by the LA City Council on May 5, 2021 with Civil Rights leader Dolores Huerta’s blessing. The project is moving forward and has strong support from the LA City Council and Council Member Mike Bonin. The projected completion date is in 2024.
The Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument will be the first Monument on the Westside to honor ALL Mexican and Mexican American Railroad Workers known as “ Traqueros” who contributed to the development of the Main Railroad Transportation System and the Pacific Electric Interurban System in Los Angeles.
Laura Ceballos, a Venice native, community organizer and activist who is leading the project expressed the importance of this monument and is proud that the Monument has come to fruition. Ceballos’ parents immigrated from Jalisco, Mexico and Nayarit, Mexico in the 1960s to Venice, CA. Her dad was a gas attendant in Venice and her mom worked at the PaperMate Factory and Teledyne Factory in Santa Monica.
Jose Gonzalez, Venice Native and Committee Member for the Traquero Monument stated, ”This is bigger than the railroads, this is a piece of our Mexican American History that has been erased. This is the light for the future that people will remember the past.”