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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Celebrating the life, work and vision of Cipriano Ferrel

Today is the 60th anniversary of Cipriano Ferrel's birth. Cipriano Ferrel was a Willamette Valley community organizer who dedicated his life to advocating for the rights of migrants and farm laborers.

Cipriano worked with César Chávez and the United Farmworkers Union (UFW) in California, attended Colegio César Chávez in Mt. Angel, and was a co-founder of the Willamette Valley Immigration Project (WVIP) in 1977 and Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) in 1985.

Cipriano also co-founded the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (FHDC) in 1990 and developed the community organizing program at Nuevo Amanecer, FHDC's first housing complex in Woodburn.

Since his sudden death in September 1995, our movement continues to celebrate Cipriano's life and vision. Employing his strategies for movement-building has led to incredible growth. Since Cipranos passing, the number of organizations has grown from three to nine sister organizations and staff has more than tripled in size.

CAUSA joins with our sister organizations in honoring the life, work and vision of Cipriano Ferrel.

A gathering will take place this evening at 6:00pm at FHDC (1274 5th Street, Suite 1-A, Woodburn, OR 97071) to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Cipriano’s birth. For more information, please call 503-981-1618.

Cipriano Ferrel, ¡Presente!

"La lucha es una chinga pero nosotros somos bien chingones"
-Cipriano Ferrel



CAUSA Communications Department said...

AUDIO: Ramon Ramirez, President of PCUN, discusses the life and legacy of Cipriano Ferrel with OPB News

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