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Delano Grape Strike 50th Anniversary Event Schedule

1965 Delano Grape Strike 50th Anniversary Event Schedule

                                                Calling the crowd together under the tent          9:45

 

                                    Registration                                                                                        9-10:00

                                    Coffee/Pastries

                                    Music by Campesina

                                    Program                                                                                              10-12 noon

  • MCS introducing themselves/opening remarks                         10:00

THE TWO MCS INTRODUCE THEMSELVES, THEN:

ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED FARM WORKERS OF AMERICA, WELCOME TO THIS HISTORIC 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE BEGINNING OF THE 1965 DELANO GRAPE STRIKE!

FIRST, WE WANT TO ASK ALL OF YOU TO OPEN UP THE BAG YOU WERE GIVEN WHEN YOU REGISTERED. NOW DIG INTO THAT BAG. FIND THE SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE BUTTON AND—IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO—PIN IT ON. THANK YOU.

  • Farm Worker Prayer    Esther Urandy & Maria Saludado Magana           10:03

TO BEGIN THE DAY’S FESTIVITIES, IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE TWO ORIGINAL 1965 DELANO GRAPE STRIKERS—ESTHER URANDAY AND MARIA SALUDADO MAGANA. THEY WILL LEAD US IN RECITING THE PRAYER OF THE FARM WORKERS’ STRUGGLE, WRITTEN BY CESAR CHAVEZ.

PLEASE WELCOME ESTHER URANDAY AND MARIA SALUDADO MAGANA.

  • Welcome – Councilmember Grace Vallejo

WHEN THE VINEYARD WALKOUTS BEGAN 50 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, THE CIVIC AND POLITICAL LEADERSHIP OF DELANO WAS OPENLY HOSTILE. LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS SOLIDLY BACKED THE GROWERS AGAINST THE FILIPINO AND LATINO GRAPE STRIKERS.

THINGS HAVE CHANGED. TODAY, THE MAJORITY OF THE DELANO CITY COUNCIL IS LATINO AND FILIPINO, INCLUDING SOME WHO WALKED THOSE PICKET LINES . . . OR THE CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN OF FARM WORKERS.

TO WELCOME US TO DELANO, PLEASE WELCOME DELANO CITY COUNCILMEMBER GRACE VALLEJO, WHO HAS BEEN AN ACTIVIST WITH THE MOVEMENT SINCE THE ‘60S.

  • Review Program                         10:05

TODAY’S PROGRAM AND CEREMONY DOES JUSTICE TO THOSE PIONEERING FARM WORKERS WHO BEGAN THE STRIKE HERE IN DELANO—A STRIKE THAT SPARKED A MOVEMENT . . . TOUCHING THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AND STIRRING SUCCEEDING GENERATIONS TO ADVOCACY AND ACTIVISM TO THIS VERY DAY.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, TODAY WE WILL HEAR FROM—AND HONOR—THE HEROIC FILIPINO AND LATINO HEROES WHO HAVE JOINED US ON THESE FORTY ACRES WHERE MANY OF THESE HISTORIC EVENTS OCCURRED . . . THESE FORTY ACRES WHERE GIANTS WALKED.

WE’LL HEAR FROM SPEAKERS WHO BEAR THE NAMES OF SOME OF THOSE GIANTS . . . NAMES LIKE CHAVEZ AND KENNEDY . . . AND FROM ONE OF THOSE GIANTS NAMED HUERTA.

WE’LL HEAR FROM REPRESENTATIVES OF THOSE WHO MADE HISTORY—

. . . THE FILIPINO MANONGS WHO BEGAN THE WALKOUTS AND ASKED THEIR LATINO SISTER AND BROTHERS TO JOIN THEM . . .

. . . THE 1965 GRAPE STRIKERS . . .

. . . THE 1966 PEREGRINOS WHO WALKED FROM DELANO TO SACRAMENTO . . .

. . . THOSE WHO SPREAD OUT TO ORGANIZE THE GRAPE BOYCOTT ACROSS NORTH AMERICA . . .

. . . AND THE FULL-TIME UFW STAFF FROM THAT REMARKABLE ERA WHO DID IT ALL FOR “PAY” OF FIVE DOLLARS A WEEK.

WE’LL HEAR DANNY VALDEZ AND THE RENOWNED TEATRO CAMPESINO—THAT WAS BORN IN THE MOVEMENT—PERFORM HUELGISTA SONGS FROM THE ‘60S.

AND FINALLY, WE’LL HEAR FROM THE FARM WORKER HEROES WHO ARE LIVING OUT THE LEGACY OF ’65 TODAY BY ORGANIZING . . . AND SOMETIMES STRIKING . . . AND NEGOTIATING UNION CONTRACTS . . . AND WINNING NEW LEGISLATIVE AND LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR ALL FARM WORKERS.

  • Speakers:
  1. Paul Chavez (welcoming 5 mins.)

MC INTRODUCTION:

OUR FIRST SPEAKER IS A SON OF CESAR CHAVEZ. HE GREW UP IN THE STRIKE. HE HAS DEDICATED HIS ENTIRE LIFE TO THE MOVEMENT. HE LEADS THE OTHER PART OF THE FARM WORKER MOVEMENT THAT WAS ALSO FOUNDED IN THE ‘60S. IT HELPS REMEDY THE ABUSES FARM WORKERS AND OTHER POOR WORKING FAMILIES AND SENIORS FACE OUTSIDE THE WORKPLACE AND IN THE COMMUNITY.

PLEASE WELCOME THE PRESIDENT OF THE CESAR CHAVEZ FOUNDATION— WHICH ALSO OWNS AND OPERATES HISTORIC SITES SUCH AS THE FORTY ACRES—PAUL CHAVEZ.

  1. Assemblymembers Rudy Salas (1 min.) and Rob Bonta (4 mins.)

MC INTRODUCTION OF SALAS:

MC INTRODUCTION OF BONTA:

ROB BONTA IS THE FIRST FILIPINO AMERICAN STATE LEGISLATOR IN THE HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA. BUT HE ALSO GREW UP AT UFW HEADQUARTERS AT LA PAZ IN KEENE, WATCHING HIS PARENTS ORGANIZE FILIPINO AND LATINO FARM WORKERS WHILE THEY WERE WORKING WITH CESAR CHAVEZ.

ROB BONTA AUTHORED RECENT STATE LAWS REQUIRING THE FILIPINOS’ CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FARM LABOR MOVEMENT BE TAUGHT IN THE STATE’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS . . . AND ESTABLISHING LARRY ITLIONG DAY IN CALIFORNIA ON HIS BIRTHDAY, OCTOBER 25.

PLEASE WELCOME ASSEMBLYMEMBER ROB BONTA.

(After speaking, Rob Bonta brings up and introduces Assemblymember Rudy Salas to present a resolution???)

  1. Dolores Huerta (5 mins.)

                                    MC INTTRODUCTION:                       

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS ONE OF THE GIANTS OF THE FARM WORKER AND CIVIL RIGHTS AND WOMEN’S MOVEMENTS . . . WHO WALKED THESE FORTY ACRES. SHE LED AND INSPIRED IN NEARLY EVERY ASPECT OF THE MOVEMENT—FROM ORGANIZING AND STRIKING TO BOYCOTTING AND NEGOTIATING AND LOBBYING.

AS AN ENDURING ICON OF THE MOVEMENT, SHE CONTINUES ORGANIZING AND LEADING AND INSPIRING—INCLUDING THROUGH THE WORK OF THE DOLORES HUERTA FOUNDATION. SHE HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS AWARDS, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA.

SHE REALLY NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION. PLEASE WELCOME DOLORES HUERTA.

– 4. John Armington (5 mins.)                                                                         10:24

MC INTRODUCTION:

JOHN ARMINGTON IS THE SON OF BOB ARMINGTON, A FILIPINO GRAPE STRIKER WHO HELPED FORM THE AGRICULTURAL WORKERS ORGANIZING COMMITTEE IN DELANO. BOB ARMINGTON MADE THE FORMAL MOTION FOR AWOC TO STRIKE THE DELANO GROWERS DURING THE STRIKE-VOTE MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 7, 1965, THE DAY BEFORE THE WALKOUTS BEGAN. FOR YEARS, JOHN’S MOTHER, VELMA ARMINGTON, HEADED UP THE STRIKE KITCHEN THAT FED BOTH FILIPINO AND LATINO STRIKERS AT FILIPINO HALL.

HIS SON, JOHN ARMINGTON, GREW UP IN A FARM LABOR CAMP AT GEORGE LUCAS RANCH WHERE HIS FAMILY LIVED AND WORKED. AT 12 YEARS OF AGE, JOHN STARTED JOINING HIS FATHER AT AWOC MEETINGS AND PICKET LINES.

TODAY, HE IS A SUCCESSFUL ATTORNEY AND A JUDGE IN ORANGE COUNTY. SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE FILIPINO GRAPE STRIKERS, PLEASE WELCOME JOHN ARMINGTON.

  • Teatro Campesino Music (20 mins.)                           10:45

MC INTRODUCTION:

THE ’65 DELANO GRAPE STRIKE GAVE BIRTH TO A REVOLUTION IN LATINO CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC ACTIVISM AND EXPRESSION ACROSS MANY MEDIUMS. THAT REVOLUTION CAN LARGELY BE TRACED TO EL TEATRO CAMPESINO—FOUNDED BY LUIS VALDEZ AND HIS BROTHER, DANNY VALDEZ. THE TEATRO CAME OUT OF THE TURBULENT VINEYARD PICKET LINES, THE UNION RALLIES AND MARCHES.

THE TEATRO INSPIRED AND SUSTAINED STRIKERS AND SUPPORTERS, AND GAVE THEM COURAGE BY USING HUMOR AND SATIRE. FARM WORKERS NO LONGER FEARED THEIR OPPRESSORS WHEN THEY COULD LAUGH AT THEM.

THE TEATRO WENT ON TO DO OTHER GREAT THINGS, BUT IT HAS ALWAYS ANSWERED THE UFW’S CALLS FOR HELP OVER THE DECADES.

PLEASE GIVE A WARM FORTY ACRES WELCOME AND JOIN IN AS DANNY VALDEZ AND THE TEATRO CAMPESINO SING SONGS FROM THE 1960S DELANO GRAPE STRIKE . . .

  • Speakers:
  1. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (8 min.)

MC INTRODUCTION:

SENATOR ROBERT F. KENNEDY TRAVELED TO DELANO TWICE DURING THE GRAPE STRIKE. BRINGING THE SENATOR TO DELANO ON BOTH OCCASIONS WAS PAUL SCHRADE, THEN WESTERN DIRECTOR FOR THE UNITED AUTO WORKERS AND ONE OF CESAR’S CLOSEST LABOR ALLIES. PAUL SCHRADE IS HERE WITH US TODAY . . . PAUL?

ROBERT KENNEDY FIRST CAME IN 1966, FOR A SENATE HEARING AT DELANO HIGH SCHOOL WHERE HE TOOK ON THE GROWERS AND THE KERN COUNTY SHERIFF. AFTERWARDS, SENATOR KENNEDY JOINED THE STRIKERS ON A PICKET LINE AT THE DIGIORGIO RANCH AND AT FILIPINO HALL. HE WAS THE FIRST NATIONAL POLITICAL FIGURE TO EMBRACE THE STRIKERS’ CAUSE WITHOUT HESITATION.                                 

HE RETURNED TWO YEARS LATER, TO HELP CESAR CHAVEZ BREAK HIS 25-DAY FAST FOR NONVIOELNCE. THEY VISITED TOGETHER AT THE GAS STATION RIGHT OVER THERE ON THE FORTY ACRES. SENATOR KENNEDY CALLED CESAR CHAVEZ “ONE OF THE HEROIC FIGURES OF OUR TIME.”                                  

SINCE THEN, THE KENNEDY FAMILY—STARTING WITH ETHEL KENNEDY—HAS CONSISTENTLY STOOD WITH THE FARM WORKERS THROUGH GOOD TIMES AND BAD. ETHEL KENNEDY COULD NOT BE WITH US TODAY, BUT SHE SENT A BEAUTIFUL LETTER THAT IS IN YOUR PACKET FOR YOU TO READ.

THE SENATOR’S SON AND NAMESAKE IS A LAWYER WHO HAS DEDICATED HIMSELF TO ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM. HE IS A PROFESSOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AT PACE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL.

PLEASE WELCOME . . . ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.

  1. ASR recognizes honorees (5 mins.)                         10:58

MC INTRODUCTION:

TODAY IS ABOUT HONORING THE PAST AND RECOGNIZING THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE—THE FARM WORKER PIONEERS FROM 50 YEARS AGO AND THE FARM WORKERS WHO CARRY ON THE STRUGGLE TODAY THROUGH THE UNITED FARM WORKERS.

BEGINNING THIS PORTION OF THE PROGRAM IS A PERSON WHOSE ACTIVISM WITH THE UFW STARTED IN THE ‘60S, IN HIS NATIVE SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. HE BEGAN WORKING FULL TIME ON THE GRAPE BOYCOTT IN DETROIT IN 1973. HE SPENT SUCCEEDING DECADES AS AN ORGANIZER. HE WORKED FOR 20 YEARS DIRECTLY WITH CESAR CHAVEZ, UNTIL HE SUCCEEDED HIM AS PRESIDENT OF THE UFW UPON CESAR’S PASSING IN 1993.

UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP, THE UFW HAS CONTINUED ORGANIZING, NEGOTIATING AND FIGHTING FOR FARM WORKER RIGHTS. THE UNION ALSO RECOGNIZES THE FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES BROUGHT ON BY THE GLOBALIZATION OF AGRICULTURE. SO IT IS WORKING TO PROTECT FARM WORKERS HERE AND ABROAD THROUGH THE EQUITABLE FOOD INITIATIVE IT HELPED FOUND.

PLEASE WELCOME THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED FARM WORKERS OF AMERICA, ARTURO RODRIGUEZ.

  • Arturo Rodriguez brings up farm worker leaders (15 mins.)

(After speaking for 5 minutes to recognize the ’65 honorees, Arturo Rodriguez continues speaking as he brings up the farm worker leaders, mentioning key points for each company or crop, and then introducing the worker leaders.) (15 mins.)                                                                                                          11:15

  • Speakers: Honorees (15 mins. total)                           11:45                                       

MC INTRODUCTION:

NOW WE BEGIN THE CEREMONY HONORING THE SISTERS AND BROTHERS WHOSE PERSONAL COURAGE AND GENUINE SACRIFICE OVER FIVE DIFFICULT YEARS OF STRIKING AND BOYCOTTING ENDED IN VICTORY—AND CREATED THE FIRST ENDURING FARM WORKERS’ UNION IN OUR NATION’S HISTORY.

THE HONOREES ARE STRIKERS, BOYCOTTERS, MARCHERS AND FULL-TIME UNION STAFF. SOME HAIL FROM ALL FOUR CATEGORIES.

AT THIS TIME, WE WILL HEAR FROM ONE REPRESENTATIVE SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF EACH CATEGORY OF HONOREES.

-1. ’65 Strikers – Lorraine Agtang (3 mins.)

MC INTRODUCTION:

LORRAINE AGTANG WAS A TEENAGER WHEN THE GRAPE STRIKE BEGAN, LIVING WITH HER FAMILY—ALL AWOC MEMBERS—IN A FARM LABOR CAMP EAST OF DELANO WHERE SHE WAS BORN. THEN THEY ALL WENT OUT ON—AND WERE PROMPTLY EVICTED. THE AGTANGS REMAINED ON STRIKE FOR FIVE LONG YEARS.

LATER, IN 1974 LORRAINE WAS FIRST MANAGER OF THE AGBAYANI RETIREMENT VILLAGE. SHE ORGANIZED FARM WORKERS DURING THE FIRST ELECTIONS HELD UNDER THE FARM LABOR LAW IN 1975. SHE HAS BEEN A DEDICATED UFW ACTIVIST EVER SINCE.

SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE 1965 DELANO GRAPE STRIKERS IS ONE OF THE LAST SURVIVING AWOC MEMBERS WHO WALKED OUT ON SEPTEMBER 8, 1965. LET’S ALL OF US WELCOME LORRAINE AGTANG.

-2, ’66 Marchers – Roberto Bustos (3 mins.)

MC INTRODUCTION:

ROBERTO BUSTOS IS BEST KNOWN AS “EL CAPITAN”—THE CAPTAIN OF THE HISTORIC PEREGRINACION—OR PILGRIMAGE—FROM DELANO TO SACRAMENTO IN MARCH AND APRIL OF 1966. THAT LONG AND DIFFICULT MARCH TO THE STATE CAPITOL—COVERING THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY MILES—BROUGHT THE GRIEVANCES OF GENERATIONS OF FARM WORKER TO THE ATTENTION OF THE LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR. IT ALSO PLACED THE FARM WORKERS’ PLIGHT SQUARELY BEFORE THE CONSCIENCE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

                                   

ROBERTO WAS ALSO A STRIKER AND A BOYCOTTER. HE HAS SPENT HIS LIFE KEEPING ALIVE THE STORY OF THE PEREGRINOS. PLEASE WELCOME EL CAPITAN, ROBERTO BUSTOS.

-3. ’65-‘70 boycotters – Chris Hartmire (3 mins.)

MC INTRODUCTION

REVEREND CHRIS HARTMIRE, A PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER, WORKED CLOSELY WITH CESAR EVEN BEFORE THE UNION WAS FOUNDED IN 1962. AS LONGTIME DIRECTOR OF THE CALIFORNIA MIGRANT MINISTRY—IT LATER BECAME THE NATIONAL FARM WORKER MINISTRY—HE PLAYED A VITAL ROLE FOR DECADES: HE ORGANIZED CLERGY FROM ALL FAITHS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA TO ACTIVELY PROVIDE CRUCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE FARM WORKERS’ STRIKES—AND ESPECIALLY FOR THEIR BOYCOTTS.

TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF ALL THOSE WHO ORGANIZED THE GRAPE BOYCOTT FROM 1965 TO 1970, PLEASE WELCOME THE REVEREND CHRIS HARTMIRE.

-4. ‘65-‘70 Full-time union staff – Wendy Goepel Brooks (3 mins.)

MC INTRODUCTION:

WENDY GOEPEL—NOW WENDY GOEPEL BROOKS—JOINED THE UNION STAFF WHEN IT DIDN’T EXIST. CESAR INVITED HER TO DELANO FOR THE STRIKE VOTE ON SEPTEMBER 16, 1965. AFTERWARDS, CESAR ASKED WENDY TO SPEND THE NIGHT AT HIS HOUSE SO SHE COULD START WORK IN THE MORNING. WENDY WAS ON THE PICKET LINE THE FIRST DAY OF THE STRIKE—AND SHE WAS THE FIRST TO JOIN THE STAFF THE DAY THE WALKOUTS BEGAN.

HER JOB WAS RUNNING THE UNION OFFICE AND STRIKE HEADQUARTERS AT 1STAND ALBANY. SHE WROTE THE FIRST NEWS RELEASES FOR THE UNION AND SPENT MUCH TIME ON THE PHONE WITH REPORTERS. SHE HELPED KEEP THE STRIKERS IN FOOD AND CLOTHING. SHE HELPED ORGANIZE THE MARCH TO SACRAMENTO. SHE ORGANIZED FUNDRAISERS FOR THE STRIKE WITH CESAR AND ROBERT KENNEDY.

SPEAKING FOR THE FULL-TIME UNION STAFF FROM ’65 ON, PLEASE WELCOME WENDY GOEPEL BROOKS.

  • Calling up the honorees (30 mins.)

(The honorees from all four categories will be called up one name at a time to stand in front of the stage and receive special 50th anniversary flags. Artie, Paul and Dolores will present each one of them with a flag. They will remain there until everyone is called up and will remain there for group photos.)

MC EXPLANATION:

AT THIS TIME WE WILL CALL OUT THE NAMES OF THE PIONEERS—THE STRIKERS, THE MARCHERS, THE BOYCOTTERS AND THE FULL-TIME UNION STAFF WHO ARE WITH US TODAY.

THEY WILL BE ASKED TO MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE FRONT OF THE STAGE AS THEIR NAMES ARE CALLED ONE AT A TIME.

PAUL CHAVEZ, DOLORES HUERTA AND ARTURO RODRIGUEZ WILL PRESENT EACH HONOREE WITH A SPECIAL FLAG MARKING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DELANO GRAPE STRIKE. PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL ALL THE NAMES HAVE BEEN CALLED.

THE HONOREES WILL REMAIN THERE FOR GROUP PHOTOS AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE CEREMONY.

  • Group photos

MC EXPLANATION:

LET’S GIVE ONE BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO ALL THE PIONEERS FROM THE DELANO GRAPE STRIKE.

NOW WE ASK ALL OF THE HONOREES TO PLEASE REMAIN IN FRONT OF THE STAGE FOR A FEW MINUTES SO PHOTOGRAPHERS CAN TAKE GROUP PHOTOS RECORDING THIS MOMENTOUS OCCASION.

  • Explaining the rest of the day

MC EXPLANATION:

BEFORE WE BRING BACK THE TEATRO CAMPESINO FOR A FINAL ROUND OF HUELGA SONGS, A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE REST OF THE DAY:

—IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CONCLUSION IF THIS PROGRAM UNDER THE TENT, WE ASK ALL OF YOU TO WALK THE SHORT DISTANCE OVER THERE TO THIS SIDE OF THE GAS STATION. THERE WE WILL WITNESS A BRIEF CEREMONY DEDICATING A PLAQUE AND MONUMENT NAMING THIS PARK AS THE RICHARD CHAVEZ MEMORIAL PARK IN MEMORY OF CESAR’S BROTHER, RICHARD CHAVEZ. RICHARD WAS AN IMPORTANT UFW LEADER WHO DESIGNED THE BLACK-EAGLE SYMBOL, HELPED ORGANIZE THE GRAPE BOYCOTT—AND ALSO HELPED ACQUIRE THIS PROPERTY AND BUILD MOST OF ITS STRUCTURES.

—AFTER THAT WE WILL RETURN TO THE AREA IMMEDIATELY BEHIND THIS STAGE WHERE LUNCH WILL BE SERVED. THE ROVING TRIO OF MOVEMENT VETERANS LUPE MARTINEZ, ARMANDO GONZALEZ AND GARY RODRIGUEZ WILL ENTERTAIN US.

—WE ARE ALL INVITED AT OUR LEISURE TO VISIT THE HISTORICAL EXHIBITS DISPLAYED IN THE REUTHER HALL—IN THE BUILDING BEHIND THE STAGE. THERE IS AN EXHIBIT OF HISTORICAL PHOTOS ON THE DELANO GRAPE STRIKE AND BOYCOTT, THE MARCH TO SACRAMENTO AND CESAR’S 1968 FAST. ALSO THERE ARE IMPRESSIVE COLLECTIONS OF PERIOD BUTTONS, MANY OF THEM FROM THE COLLECTION OF JOHN O’BRIEN IN LOS ANGELES. AND THERE IS AN EXHIBIT ABOUT HOW FARM WORKERS ARE LIVING THE LEGACY TODAY THROUGH THEIR UNION, THE UFW.

—FINALLY, PLEASE REACH BACK INTO THE BAG YOU RECEIVED WHEN YOU REGISTERED. FIND THE _____-COLORED HANDOUT ENTITLED, “TOUR HISTORICAL SITES AT THE ‘FORTY ACRES.’” EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE A SELF-GUIDED TOUR AT YOUR LEISURE OF FORTY ACRES HISTORICAL SITES THAT INCLUDE:

THE GAS STATION WHERE CESAR FASTED IN ’68, WHICH HAS ITS OWN HISTORICAL PHOTO EXHIBIT ON THE STRIKE.

AND THE AGBAYANI RETIREMENT VILLAGE OVER THERE THAT WAS BUILT BY THE FARM WORKER MOVEMENT IN 1974, FOR ELDERLY AND DISPLACED FILIPINO FARM WORKERS. THE VILLAGE ALSO HAS A HISTORIC PHOTO EXHIBIT ON THE MANONGS—PLUS THE REPLICA OF A TYPICAL HOUSING UNIT WHERE THE MANONGS LIVED OUT THEIR FINAL YEARS AND THE ROOM WHERE CESAR CONDUCTED HIS LAST FAST FOR 36 DAYS IN 1988.                            

                               PLEASE ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR DAY.

 

  • Teatro Campesino music (15 mins.)                                                  12:00

Closing with “De Colores”                            

        MC INTRODUCTION:

AND NOW, TO CLOSE OUT THE PROGRAM WITH MORE SONGS FROM THE STRIKE, PLEASE WELCOME BACK . . . EL TEATRO CAMPESINO!                                 

12:00 – 12:30              Richard Chavez Memorial Plaque Unveiling

  • Introductions – Paul Chavez
  • Remarks – Federico Chavez

12:30 – 1:30                Lunch – Entertainment

  • Trio of Lupe Martinez, Armando Gonzalez and Gary Rodriguez
  • Filipino dancers

1:30 – 5:00                  Self-Guided Tours

–        Agbayani Village – Filipino History

–        Gas Station – ‘68 Fast

–        Reuther Hall – Historical photographic exhibit, button collections, exhibit on present-day UFW achievements

                                    Socializing

5:00                             End