|AFSCME Council 18|
60th Anniversary of Salt of the Earth - March 15th in Grant County
Local 890 - Women's Auxiliary
The Real Miners of District 12 Invite YOU to Silver City, NM! 3/15/14
AFSCME, USW, NM Film Workers Unions and a host of other NM and AZ Labor & Civic Organizations Invite YOU to Grant County, NM on March 15th to participate in the Living History that is "Salt Of The Earth."
We will mark the 60th Anniversary of the benchmark movie "Salt of the Earth". In recognition of this important date we invite you to a series of events in the birthplace of the actual incidents which spawned film.
The film's plot centers on the long and difficult 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, New Mexico.
The victorious Empire Zinc Strike brought about numerous positive changes for the Grant County Community. Beyond the equitable pay and treatment which Chicano Miners won through the strike, the Women who fought in the strike sparked advances in the movement for gender equality, area schools began hiring Hispanic teachers, a credit union helping miners was born, and the roots of justice were firmly established in Grant County.
Salt of the Earth was blacklisted for many years as being too inflammatory in exposing issues the Federal Government wanted suppressed.
3/15 Events Include: -Free public viewing of the film - Panel discussion with surviving activists / family members, - Organized labor representatives, public officials, and scholars. - Visual historical exhibit - Reception to honor the remaining pioneers and their families, - Opportunities to TAKE ACTION and support today's workers who continue to face issues of inequality at work. - Bus tour visiting the Empire Mine site, the current Santa Rita Pit overlook, and the numerous historic murals depicting the struggle located in Silver City and at the Steelworkers' Local 890 Union Hall in Bayard, NM.
Official Sponors Include:
Grant County, Grant County locals and families of the 51 era; Western New Mexico University (WNMU), American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), New Mexico Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO); United Steel Workers & Local 9424 (USW); American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Int’l Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States and Local 480 (IATSE); Suntreat Beverages, Silver City and Cobre Education Associations, Silver City Museum
Schedule of Events:
9:45 -10 am - Bus Transportation to EVENTS - Meet - Grant Co. Bus. Conf. Ctr, 3031 Hwy 180 E., Silver City
10 -10:45 am - Coffee Reception, USW Local 9424 Union Hall, (FRMR L890)
11 - 1 pm - Historic bus tour, led by docents, visiting historic picket, community, and film locations
1 - 3 pm - USW lunch & program of speakers (L890)
4 - 7 pm “From Women's Auxiliary to Women of Steel" panel discussion and Screening Film, Salt of the Earth
Charles Showlater of the Union Edge Radio hosted on his national show: Jon Hendry, Pres NMFL, and Eduardo Placencio, United Steelworker Local 937, Recording Secretary, Next Generation Committee
CLICK for Stream (segment starts at minute 28)
Original Strikers and Children of Strikers, Rachel Valencia, Willie Andazola, and Juana Moreno Sierra have recorded video or portrait invitations.
For more information, contact info@AFSCME18.org or call 505-455-2853
Watch for poster and grab FREE tickets at these Grant County Area Businesses and Organizations:
Silver City Beverage Co.
Silver City Food Basket
Mi Ranchito Foods Inc.
Still Standing: Empire ZInc Mine, Fierro, NM
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