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Mexican American History of San Jose, CA - Stephen J. Pitti 4/25/2008

Mexican American History of San Jose, CA - Stephen J. Pitti 4/25/2008

On Friday, April 25, 2008, The NHUCastellano Distinguished Speaker Series hosted Dr. Stephen J. Pitti, Yale University Department of History, who spoke about his book, The Devil in Silicon Valley: Northern California, Race and Mexican Americans, (Princeton University Press, 2003). Introductions by Dr. Ramon Martinez. The presentation took place at The National Hispanic University. Dr. Pitti also responded to questions from the audience. In addition, local community leaders commented on Dr. Pitti's presentation and on history and issues related to Mexican and Chicano History in San Jose, California. The respondents included Cindy Chavez, Dr. George Castro, Dr. Guillermo Mora-Torres, Victor Garza, Sophia Mendoza and others. Videography Frank Ruiz, A-Best Productions. All copy rights to Dr. Stephen Pitti. ----------- El viernes 25 de abril de 2008, la Fundación Castellano Familia, Serie de Oradores Distinguidos acogió el Dr. Stephen J. Pitti, Yale Departamento de Historia de la Universidad, quien habló sobre su libro, El diablo en Silicon Valley: el norte de California, la raza y los estadounidenses de origen mexicano, (Princeton University Press, 2003). Presentaciones del Dr. Ramón Martínez. La presentación tuvo lugar en la Universidad Nacional Hispana en San Jose, California.. Dr. Pitti también respondió a las preguntas de la audiencia. Además, los líderes locales de la comunidad comentaron la presentación del Dr. Pitti y sobre la historia y las cuestiones relacionadas con la historia mexicana y la historia chicana en San José, California. Los encuestados incluyeron Cindy Chávez, el Dr. George Castro, el Dr. Guillermo Mora-Torres, Víctor Garza, Sophia Mendoza y otros. Videografía Frank Ruiz, A-Best Productions. Todos los derechos de copia al Dr. Stephen Pitti.
A Train Ride with Dolores Huerta 5/23/2016

A Train Ride with Dolores Huerta 5/23/2016

A Train Ride with Dolores Huerta 5/23/2016 More Information at: (partial article below; enter the information above ) Through May 15, 2016 "One Life: Dolores Huerta" will highlight the significant role of this Latina leader in the California farm workers movement of the 1960s and 70s. This eleventh installment in the "One Life" series is the first devoted to a Latina. It will illuminate Huerta as the co-founder, with Cesar Chavez, of the United Farm Workers (UFW), and highlight her position as the union's lobbyist and contract negotiator. Huerta was instrumental in achieving major legal protections and a better standard of living for farm workers, yet she remains largely under-acknowledged in history. The exhibition is the first in a national museum to draw attention to her contributions. Opening in July 2015,the exhibition will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the September 1965 grape strike launched by the farm workers movement. Taína Caragol, curator for Latino art and history, is the curator for this exhibition. One Life: Dolores Huerta "Don’t be a marshmallow. Walk the street with us into history. Get off the sidewalk. Work for justice! " Dolores Huerta, 1975 The farm workers’ movement in California was one of the civil rights campaigns of the 1960s that made the country acutely aware of the inequalities undermining its constitutional promise of freedom and dignity for all members of society. A crucial yet lesser-known figure in this struggle is Dolores Huerta (born 1930). Along with César Chávez, Huerta brought the conditions of field laborers to public attention—including below- poverty-level wages for long days of backbreaking work and precarious living conditions—galvanizing national solidarity on their behalf. Huerta was the pragmatic counterpart to the charismatic Chávez, and the pair cofounded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) in 1962. It became the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) in 1966 and eventually the United Farm Workers (UFW). At a time when men dominated organized labor and Mexican American women were expected to dedicate themselves to family, Huerta advanced new models of womanhood as an energetic picket captain, a persuasive lobbyist on the state and national level, and an unyielding contract negotiator. She spear headed and served as the main strategist for the 1965 national campaign that by 1967 had called on international consumers to boycott table grapes from growers who refused to negotiate with the union. Fearless, eloquent, and passionate for social justice, Huerta ushered through her vision of landmark improvements for farm workers, from higher wages to worker’s compensation and the right to collective bargaining. 1 Connect with us about “One Life: Dolores Huerta” using #Viva Huerta on our social media sites. (symbols for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). Curatorial Statement The civil rights movement of the 1960s awakened an awareness of social injustice that fueled empowerment struggles among other marginalized groups, including farm workers. In 1965 Mexican American and Filipino grape pickers walked out of the fields in Delano, California, triggering a battle that culminated a decade later in the signing of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act. This exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of this momentous strike and Dolores Huerta’s fight for the rights of agricultural workers. Taína Caragol, Curator for Latino Art and History “One Life: Dolores Huerta” is made possible through federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center; the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino; and by the Guenther and Siewchin Sommer Endowment Fund. 2 DH01 (hallway image) Dolores Huerta, Delano, California, grape strike, September 24, 1965 Harvey Wilson Richards (1912–2001) Reproduction courtesy Harvey Richards Media Archive 3 DH02 Dolores Huerta with her brothers John and Marshall, c. 1937 Born on April 10, 1930, in Dawson, New Mexico, Dolores Fernández was the second of the three children of Juan Fernández and Alicia Chávez. Dolores was two years old when the marriage e ended. Alicia Chávez moved with her children to Stockton, California, an agricultural center with a community of Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Jewish, and Mexican families. Chávez worked as a waitress during the day and at the canneries at night to provide her family with a middle-class upbringing. During World War II she was able to buy a lunch counter and a seventy-room hotel. She frequently gave free lodging to dispossessed migrant farm workers. Huerta had limited contact with her father, but she was proud of his union activity as a miner and of his work in the beet fields. Videographer: Ramon J Martinez Ph.D. June 14, 2014
Francisco Jimenez At History San Jose: Writing Your Family History 3/31/18

Francisco Jimenez At History San Jose: Writing Your Family History 3/31/18

Francisco Jimenez Book Talk at History San Jose, 3/31/1`8 Francisco Jimenez, Author: Books, Teachers & Family History 3/31/18 Francisco Jimenez At History San Jose: Writing Your Family History 3/31/18 Francisco Jiménez emigrated with his family from Tlaquepaque, Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his BA from Santa Clara University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He has served on various professional boards and commissions, including the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the California Council for the Humanities, the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC), Santa Clara University Board of Trustees, the Far West Lab for Educational Research and Development, and ALearn. His autobiographical books The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child, Breaking Through, Reaching Out, La Mariposa, and The Christmas Gift have won several national literary awards, including the Américas Book Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Pura Belpré Honor Book Award, the Tomás Rivera Book Award, the Jane Addams Honor Book Award and the Carter C. Woodson National Book Award. His books have been published in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Italian and Spanish. He has published and edited several books on Mexican and Mexican American literature, and his stories have been reprinted in over 100 textbooks and anthologies of literature. In 2002 he was selected U.S. Professor of the Year by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and in 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa,from the University of San Francisco. He is currently the Fay Boyle Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University. Contact: Videographer: Ramon J. Martinez, Ph.D. 20180331034328 1 5 2 1
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