“THE FIGHT IN THE FIELDS: CESAR CHAVEZ AND THE FARMWORKERS’ STRUGGLE” film

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    When:
    March 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    2015-03-30T19:00:00-07:00
    2015-03-30T21:00:00-07:00
    Where:
    Loft Cinema
    3233 East Speedway Boulevard
    Tucson, AZ 85716
    USA
    Cost:
    Free
    fightinthefields
    MONDAY, MARCH 30 AT 7:00PM | FREE ADMISSION

    Cesar Chavez Holiday Coalition Day of Services Event

    More than two years in the making, The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle is the first film to cover the full arc of Cesar Chávez’ life. Using archival footage, newsreel, and present-day interviews with Ethel Kennedy, former California Governor Jerry Brown, Dolores Huerta, and Chávez’s brother, sister, son, and daughter, the documentary traces the remarkable contributions of Chávez and others involved in this epic struggle.

    The film follows the first successful organizing drive of farm workers in the United States, while recounting the many failed and dramatic attempts to unionize that led up to this victory. Woven through this historical mosaic is the story of Chávez’s life, from his adolescence as a migrant farmworker and his early days as a community organizer to the the pivotal 300-mile march he led from Delano to Sacramento and his friendship and landmark political alliance with Robert Kennedy.

    Chávez and many others helped bring about important changes in farmworkers lives. Many of these things are now taken for granted, such as getting fresh water and public toilets in the fields, and larger reforms across the industry. The film pays tribute to the tremendous advances made by Chávez and all the men and women of the United Farmworkers Union who fought for a stake in the American dream. (Dir. by Rick Tejada-Flores & Ray Telles, 1997, USA, 120 mins., Not Rated/Suitable for all ages)

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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