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Hundreds Of Street Vendors March In Sacramento Asking For One Thing: Respect

Culture & Community By O. DELGADO
Hundreds Of Street Vendors March In Sacramento Asking For One Thing: Respect

"All they ask for is respect while providing for their families."

After suffering months of harassment, robberies, and even murder, in cities across the nation, street vendors have had enough.

On Tuesday, hundreds of vendors marched down the streets of Sacramento asking for just one thing: Respect.

 

 
 
 
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"They organized themselves and came out in support of their own," wrote @ivyenri on Instagram. "All they ask for is respect while providing for their families."

 

 
 
 
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The demonstration comes just a week after Sacramento elote vendor Edith Barales was attacked by a local family.

A video shows the family, who says they believed Edith had shorted them an item they paid for, yelling and throwing things from her cart, one even served himself a glass of juice before another kicked the whole thing over.

This incident may seem tame in compared to some of the other attacks on street vendors, which have left them in the hospital, or worse, but it was a traumatizing experience for Edith, who says she has not been able to return to work.

She's scared.

“Everybody needs to make a living," Loretta Campos, a customer of Edith's, told CBS. "It’s wrong for people just to come in and destroy people with what they are trying to build up in their life for their families."

 

 
 
 
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"This was very powerful," commented @aelf16 on the video of the Sacramento street vendors marching. "The kids witnessed their parents come together and stand up for what they deserve...RESPETO y DIGNIDAD."

"It must be clear, that regardless of who the aggressor is, cualquier maltratado against our street vendors will be condemned," they continued. "Their courage to take it to the streets will inspire other vendedores, their children, and our community."

Next time, we all march.

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