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Milpitas Library to Unveil Large Filipino Memorial Mural

 
WHAT:
The unveiling ceremony of the Filipino Memorial Project Mural, a historic public piece of artwork painted by local Bay Area artists. The mural is a tribute to the long struggle of Filipino farm workers in the agricultural fields of Delano and other areas of California, and highlights their quest for higher wages, better working conditions, and medical benefits.
 
The large mural will hang on the walls of the Teen Homework Center in the Milpitas Library.
 
Filipino cultural performances, cuisine and entertainment will accompany the unveiling. 
 
WHO:
Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority Board members
Milpitas Mayor Jose Estevez
State of California Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Bob Wieckowski
Santa Clara County Supervisors Dave Cortese and Cindy Chavez
Union City Councilmember Pat Gacoscos
County Board of Education Trustee, Darcie Green
Cesar Chavez Family Vision, Rudy Chavez Medina
Filipino Memorial Project, Melissa-Ann Nievera-Lozano
San Jose State students, community members and local artists who helped produce the mural
 
WHERE:
Milpitas Library Auditorium, 160 N. Main Street, Milpitas, CA 95035
 
WHEN:
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
 
WHY: 
Comprised of scholars, students, historians, and community members at San Jose State University, the Filipino Memorial Project was created to acknowledge those leaders in the Filipino community who, through their hard work and perseverance, brought about positive change for future generations.
 
The Filipino Memorial Project Mural began five years ago as a way to recognize the efforts and contributions of Filipino American Farm workers in California’s Labor Movement. The mural features key historic figures including Larry Itliong, Philip Vera Cruz, Andy Imutan, Ben Hines, Pete Velasco, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, and depicts the Delano Grape Strike in 1965, when more than 1,500 farm workers walked off the grape fields in Delano, California. Filipino Union leader Larry Itliong, of the Agricultural Workers Organization Committee (AWOC), and Mexican American farm worker organizers, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, representing the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), joined forces to organize the protest, which laid  the foundation for future labor groups to fight for higher wages, better working conditions and medical benefits for their members.
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119;  Mark Fink, Library Services Manager (408) 293-2326 ext. 3010; Derek Wolfgram, Deputy County Librarian (408) 293-2326, ext. 3002; Lili Smith, Santa Clara County Library District  (408) 293-2326  ext. 3014  

 

Posted: October 3, 2013