Commemorate the Watsonville Canning Strike, 1985-87

Join us to commemorate the
Watsonville Canning Strike, 1985-87

All library events presented in Spanish and English

Saturday, March 11th 12:00-4:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room

Everyone is welcome to share memories and appreciations with others who participated. Come prepared to learn and ask questions.  Connect with strikers and others who are an important part of Watsonville history.  See an unfinished documentary (narrated in part by Mayor Oscar Rios) and meet Eddie Wong, film maker. Sing labor songs including Fidelia Carrisoza’s corrido, have refreshments.

The Watsonville Canning strike is an inspiring reminder of
the courage, persistence, intelligence and leadership of women!


Saturday, March 18th
1:00-3:30 pm
Main Library Meeting Room

Jon Silver presents his documentary “Watsonville on Strike” (film in English)


Kelly books

Saturday, March 25th 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Kelly’s Books 

Peter Shapiro signs his new book “Song of the Stubborn One Thousand: The Watsonville Canning Strike 1985-87”


Song of the StubbornSaturday, March 25th 1:30-4:00 pm
Main Library Meeting Room 

Peter presents his book, followed by a reception. July 1985: workers at Watsonville Canning, primarily women, are offered a new contract: 40% pay cut and drastically reduced health benefits. Our town becomes the scene of an 18 month long, complicated struggle no one expected.

Photographs and videos may be taken at this event and may be used in marketing materials of library activities.

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