Confirmation page: Your attendance at 50th Anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike Event Sat., Sept. 26
We’ve had an enthusiastic response from people signing up to join us at the all-day celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
Because of this we’re concerned about having enough food and water for everyone. We need to ask you to provide names for yourself and all your guests -- even if you already signed up -- so we have an accurate count.
The event will go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 26, just outside Delano at the farm workers’ “Forty Acres” complex, now a National Historic Landmark. Forty Acres is located at 30168 Garces Hwy. (corner of Mettler Ave.), Delano, CA 93215.
We look forward to having you join us at this historic event. Five decades ago this month a union of heroic Filipino grape workers led by Larry Itliong and Pete Velasco walked out on strike in Delano-area vineyards and asked the mostly Latino union led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta to join their picket lines. (The two unions merged in 1966, to form the UFW.) Hundreds of strikers spread out to cities across North America to organize an international grape boycott. Millions rallied to La Causa by boycotting grapes. After five years of striking and boycotting, most grape growers signed their first union contracts in 1970.
Among the attendees will be Delano grape strike and boycott veterans—plus many from younger generations they inspired. This will be a day of commemorations at the Forty Acres where many of these historic events occurred. Join us and hear the internationally renowned El Teatro Campesino with Danny Valdez perform songs from the ’65 strike; enjoy good food and entertainment; visit historic exhibits, including period photographs and button collections; tour historic sites preserved at the Forty Acres honoring both Latino and Filipino strikers; and see highlights of how the UFW and farm worker movement continue the legacy today.
After 50 years, this may be the last chance for many veterans of the Delano strike and boycott to gather. Don’t miss being a part of it.
For more information about the event or to tell others where they can go to attend, visit http://delanograpestrike.org. Registration starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.