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The History of the Latino Labor Movement in RI


Join us for a screening of Pride & Prejudice, which features César Chávez and the history of the labor movement in the United States.

Prejudice and Pride tells the story of César Chávez and his efforts to organize farmworkers in California through the United Farm Workers (UFW). Join a discussion on César and the impact he made on American and also Rhode Island history.

Prejudice and Pride was chosen for its relevance to Rhode Island Latino activism—from AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers who registered voters in the 1990s, to DREAMers of today. In particular, the Prejudice and Pride story of Cesar Chávez has local resonance: Chávez visited Rhode Island in May of 1972, and today Rhode Island is one of ten states to honor Chávez on his birthday: March 31st “César Chávez Day.”

The discussion panel will include labor historians, Latino activists and union members, and will evolve around these questions: Why did César Chávez come to Rhode Island? What was the state of labor history in Rhode Island in the 1960s and how has it evolved since then to include Latinos? Is civil disobedience a civic duty? Can any one individual make change? What makes a movement?

To celebrate César Chávez’s 88th birthday and the 15th anniversary of the César Chávez Scholarship Fund of RI we are pleased to co-host this event with the Chavez Fund. We will introduce 2016 recipients of the Tam Tran Scholarship and hear from former Tam Tran Scholars about the movement for instate tuition and immigrants rights in RI.

Slater Mill Historic Site
67 Roosevelt Ave
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Thursday, March 31, 2016
5:00 - 7:00 p.m

Marta V. Martínez

Scott Malloy, RI Labor Historian

Viewing: Segments of
Latino Americans: 500 Years of History - Episode 5 - Prejudice and Pride

Mario Bueno, Executive Director, Progreso Latino
Heiny Maldonado, Executive Director, Fuerza Laboral
George Nee, President AFL-CIO

★ This event is FREE and open to the public

This event is one in a series of public forums coordinated by Rhode Island Latino Arts • Latino History of RI in partnership with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

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Funds made possible in part with funds from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association