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June 18, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Philip Vera Cruz, the veteran Filipino American labor leader who joined Cesar Chavez in founding the United Farm Workers union, has died. Vera Cruz, 89, died June 11 from complications of lung surgery. During the farm worker strikes of the 1960s, Vera Cruz helped unite Filipino and Mexican laborers, which turned the union into a major force in the American labor movement. "I took it as a duty to fight for the union," he told The Times in 1992, then retired and picking grapes only in his garden.
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November 6, 1994 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
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.
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August 4, 1992 | SOMINI SENGUPTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like so many times before, Philip Vera Cruz, a 60-year-old Filipino farm worker, was picking grapes one hot, late-summer afternoon in the San Joaquin Valley. But this day in September, 1965, was to be like no other. As Vera Cruz stooped and plucked the ripe fruit to a monotonous beat, another man ran up to report that seven miles away, Filipino migrants were sitting down in the grape fields of Delano and vowing not to work again until they got a raise.
NEWS
June 26, 1994 | JAKE DOHERTY
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1992 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 6, 1994 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
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.
NEWS
June 26, 1994 | JAKE DOHERTY
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."
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 24, 1994 | JAKE DOHERTY
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.
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June 18, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Philip Vera Cruz, the veteran Filipino American labor leader who joined Cesar Chavez in founding the United Farm Workers union, has died. Vera Cruz, 89, died June 11 from complications of lung surgery. During the farm worker strikes of the 1960s, Vera Cruz helped unite Filipino and Mexican laborers, which turned the union into a major force in the American labor movement. "I took it as a duty to fight for the union," he told The Times in 1992, then retired and picking grapes only in his garden.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1992 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 4, 1992 | SOMINI SENGUPTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like so many times before, Philip Vera Cruz, a 60-year-old Filipino farm worker, was picking grapes one hot, late-summer afternoon in the San Joaquin Valley. But this day in September, 1965, was to be like no other. As Vera Cruz stooped and plucked the ripe fruit to a monotonous beat, another man ran up to report that seven miles away, Filipino migrants were sitting down in the grape fields of Delano and vowing not to work again until they got a raise.
NEWS
June 27, 1993 | JAKE DOHERTY
When Helen Brown unlocks the narrow sliver of a room tucked inside the Filipino Christian Church she opens a door to Philippine history and nearly a century of family memories. Brown is the founder and director of the Pilipino-American Reading Room and Library. The library is a repository of materials documenting the history, culture and politics of Filipinos in the Philippines and the United States.
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