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October 8, 2013 > Milpitas Library to unveil Filipino memorial mural

Milpitas Library to unveil Filipino memorial mural

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa

An unveiling ceremony of the Filipino Memorial Project Mural, a historic public piece of artwork painted by local Bay Area artists will be held Saturday, October 12 at the Milpitas Library. The mural is a tribute to the long struggle of Filipino farm workers in the agricultural fields of Delano and other areas of California.

The Filipino Memorial Project Mural began five years ago as a way to recognize the efforts and contributions of Filipino American Farm workers in CaliforniaÕs 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 laidÊ the foundation for future labor groups to fight for higher wages, better working conditions and medical benefits for their members.Ê

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 large mural will hang on the walls of the Teen Homework Center in the Milpitas Library.

Filipino Mural unveilingÊ
Saturday, October 12
11 a.m. Ð 1 p.m.
Filipino cultural performances, cuisine and entertainment will accompany the unveiling
Milpitas Library Auditorium
160 N. Main Street, Milpitas


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