CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1992 |
Philip Vera Cruz came to Cal State Northridge on Friday to talk about his historic role in the creation of California's United Farm Workers, a union formed by Filipino and Mexican laborers during the late 1960s. The lessons from that time, said the 87-year-old Filipino immigrant, still apply: Ethnic minorities and others exploited by a more powerful majority, be it business owners or government, must stand together.
November 6, 1994 |
A memorial service last weekend for Philip Vera Cruz, the veteran Filipino labor leader who died June 10 at the age of 89, was both a final farewell to the pioneer activist and the beginning of an effort to help young activists continue in his footsteps. The ceremony, at Local 11 of the Hotel and Restaurant Worker's Union at 321 S. Bixel St.
June 26, 1994 |
The late Philip Vera Cruz, a founder of the United Farm Workers union, never realized his dream of a college education, but many Filipino Americans remember him as a working man with a degree in justice and equality. "He always talked about how important it is to get an education and get involved in causes," said longtime friend Roy Morales, program director of the Pacific Asian Alcohol Program. "To us he's a folk hero."
February 12, 1995
The graffiti-scarred east wall of the U.S. Postal Annex at 1660 Beverly Blvd. will soon become the site of a mural honoring Filipino American history. "Filipino Americans: A Glorious History, A Golden Legacy" will be painted by 22-year-old Eliseo Silva, a Filipino American art student who was recently commissioned by the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) after his design was chosen by a panel of judges representing the community.
May 22, 1994
Mayor Richard Riordan is scheduled to toast the final week of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on Tuesday at a dinner celebrating the family unit, officials said. "The mayor is going to be basically doing the welcoming remarks since he is the honorary chair of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this year," said Lorain Wong, co-chairwoman of the event. The 16th annual dinner, sponsored by AT&T and Kaiser Permanente, will begin at 7 p.m.
July 24, 1994 |
The nation's only leadership training and political internship program for Filipino Americans has welcomed its second group of summer interns, who will receive hands-on lessons in the world of politics. Founders Marissa B. Castro and Michael Balaoing established the internship program to give young Filipino Americans a taste of how decisions are made in legislative offices at the federal, state and local levels.