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City of Edinburg Proclamation Recognizing 50th Anniversary of 1966 Melon Strike March

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As originally published on Edinburg Politics:

Edinburg, UTRGV to serve as sites on Friday, September 9, 2016 for 50th anniversary celebration of 1966 melon strike by Texas farmworkers that resulted in more rights for labor and Hispanics

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

Edinburg and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Friday, September 9, 2016, will serve as sites for the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1966 melon strike by Texas farmworkers that resulted in more civil rights for labor and Hispanics, and helped ignite the Chicano Movement in Texas.

The event, which is being hosted by the United Farmworkers, will begin at 9 a.m. at the courtyard of the International Trade and Technology Building at the Edinburg university, 1201 West University Drive. At 9:30 a.m., participants will continue with a march to the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard, followed by a program inside the adjacent City Auditorium, located at 415 W. University Drive, beginning at 10 a.m.

The announcement of the upcoming celebration came on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, during the public comment portion of the Edinburg City Council meeting at Edinburg City Hall.

As part of that news, Mayor Richard García and the City Council – Mayor Pro Tem Richard Molina, Councilmember Homer Jasso, Jr., Councilmember J.R. Betancourt, and Councilmember David Torres – unanimously approved a city proclamation recognizing the impact and importance of the 1966 melon strike on the Valley and Texas.

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The political background of Starr County in 1966

By Attorneys Robert Hall and Chris Dixie.
“I went to Starr County to defend the Farm Workers union against La Casita’s application for a temporary injunction to ban all picketing at its farms.  That hearing proved to be the first of a series of lawsuits and appeals that would engage me and my senior partner, Chris Dixie, for the next seven years.”
For the full “remonstrance” by Robert Hall go to: https://bobsremonstrance.com/farmworkers-strike-in-south-texas/

Save the date in Austin

The Austin Committee has set a tentative a date for the Commemoration:  Sunday, September 11, 2016.

Where:  St. Edwards University Campus
When:  Sunday, Sep 11th, 2016 @ 10:30 am.

Link to FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/856896331089108/

The celebration will begin with a mass, followed with a program that begins at 12 noon at the Quad.  There will be discussions about the movement and fantastic entertainment of all sorts.

Please save this date.

Photo taken on June 9, 1967, after an anti-Connally rally and banquet held by LULAC #12. From left to right Roy L. Reuther, UAW, Ignacio A. Perez, Cesar Chavez, Erasmo Andrade, Peggy Milner, and Pancho Medrano, UAW. Relaxing at Mexico Tipico, in Nuevo Laredo, Tamps., Mexico.
Photo taken on June 9, 1967, after an anti-Connally rally and banquet held by LULAC #12. From left to right Roy L. Reuther, UAW, Ignacio A. Perez, Cesar Chavez, Erasmo Andrade, Peggy Milner, and Pancho Medrano, UAW. Relaxing at Mexico Tipico, in Nuevo Laredo, Tamps., Mexico.

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.