"The Stubborn One Thousand"

Thursday, February 22, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
CHS CHS 104 Chase Auditorium
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Distinguished Visitors Program

Distinguished Visitor Peter Shapiro presents a close look at what has been called "one of the most important labor and civil rights battles since World War II"--the 18-month strike by mainly Mexicana frozen food workers in a small California town. They triumphed in the face of racism, sexism, police repression, evictions, a predatory employer, and a union which had never given them a voice and was barely functioning when their strike began.

Shapiro, author of the Song of the Stubborn One Thousand The Watsonville Canning Strike, 1985-87, did his undergraduate work in English and Creative Writing at San Francisco State College, graduating cum laude.  He was editor of the campus papers, Open Process and the Daily Gater and was active in the Third World student strike in 1968-9. A regular commentator on Pacifica Radio, Berkeley, he co-authored (with William Barlow) An End to Silence: the San Francisco State Student Movement in the ‘60s.  Mr. Shapiro did graduate work in Labor History and Economics at U.C. Berkeley, researching the Philadelphia shoe and textile workers, 1817-1837, and the role of Communist Party in the United Auto Workers.

He has worked for Pacific Telephone, Western Kraft Paper Co. and as a letter carrier for US Postal Service. He served as Labor Editor of Unity, and covered some of the major union struggles of the 1980s including the Watsonville strike. 

Mr. Shapiro has hosted the Labor Radio program, KBOO community radio, served as president of Oregon Single Payer Campaign and was a board member of Health Care for All-Oregon. He has published widely circulated articles on the health care crisis in Labor Notes and Fight Back (online ed.) and is a regular book reviewer for Labor Studies Journal.

Tea at 4:15 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Department of History in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program 

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