NEITHER FRIAR NOR CONQUISTADOR: the spanish immigrant community of cannery row

Please join us on Tuesday, August 6th at 7:00 pm for a very special evening spotlighting the Spanish immigrant community of Monterey who worked on Cannery Row.

While conducting research for her MFA thesis — a novel on this topic  — Nicole Henares has met other writers, filmmakers and historians who represent that heritage in their work.

For this event she presents labor activist Michael Muñoz, who traces the beginnings of the United Farmworkers Union in his short film about the 1932 Pruners’ Strikes of Vaccaville, which had a large Spanish immigrant community who were neither friars nor conquistadors. He also traces this heritage in his personal history as a labor activist in his biography, Change From Within.


A descendant of eight-thousand Spaniards who came from Spain to the Hawaiian Islands and then on to California during the early 20th century, Muñoz produced the short documentary The Spanish Pruners Strike 1932, which documents the first labor strike by agricultural workers in California and led to the formation of the United Farm Workers. His family were also ardent Spanish Anti-Fascists who supported the Republican Army of Spain.

Michael sits as Chairman of the Archie Green Fund for Labor Culture and on the Advisory Board of the Labor Archives at San Francisco State University. He is the Retired Director of Organizing for the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council and a thirty-eight year member of Pile Drivers Local 34.

Join us for a screening of The Spanish Pruners Strike 1932 and a reading from Change from Within.

FREE! Delicious complimentary snacks. Drinks by donation.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)

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