Starr County Officials recognize farm laborers struggles of 1966

From the Star County Texas Facebook page

Starr County Judge Eloy Vera and Commissioners will honor the labor of the Starr County Farm workers who lobbied at the State Capitol in 1966 for better pay.

The Commissioners and Judge Vera want to acknowledge the struggles and sacrifices that these men and women made to gain fair living wages for their hard work. A maker will be erected to commemorate the historical event.
Starr County and Texas prospered in part due to the farming industry and the workers who worked from dawn to dusk to bring food to the table. The marker will be a testament of the history of the farm workers in Starr County.
In 1966 a group of about 400 farm workers from Starr County began a strike to raise wages from 40 cents an hour to $1.25 an hour. They encountered many difficulties and road blocks, but their perseverance paid off. In July 4, 1966, a group of 30 strikers began a peaceful 400 mile march through South Texas towns gaining support for their cause. On Labor Day, 1966 the marchers arrived at the Texas State Capitol and demanded to be heard. This feat by the state’s lowest paid workers eventually lead to many civil right advancements in Texas.
Starr County Judge Eloy Vera and Starr County Commissioners would like to thank the members of the United Farm Workers Organization and their Coordinator Ms. Rebecca Flores for spearheading this project.
Ms. Rebecca Flores and the members of the United Farm Workers, the Cesar Chavez Foundation and La Union Del Pueblo Entero Organizations are seeking the names and phone numbers of Starr County community members that took part in this march. Please forward information to Ms. Rebecca Flores to rebeccaoflores@gmail.com or by calling 210-842-9502 or you may contact Mrs. Daria Vera who was the 1966 Treasurer of the United Farm Workers local organizer at 956-263-8046.

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