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PCUN, Oregon's farmworker union, celebrates 25 years

PCUN, Oregon's farmworker union, invites you to attend a celebration to honor of the late co-founder Cipriano Ferrel, and to celebrate 25 years of service to the farmworker community. Join us this Sunday, Oct. 6 from 4-6 pm to hear guest speaker Cecilia Munoz, of the National Council of la Raza, learn more about PCUN, and listen to mariachi music. This event is free and will take place at PCUN's office in Woodburn (address above).
For immediate release
Oct. 3, 2002
Contact: Larry Kleinman, 503-982-0243 ext. 200
Cassandra Ogren, 503-982-0243 ext. 203

Cipriano Ferrel Day:
PCUN Honors founder, celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Willamette Valley Immigration Project
Keynote Speaker: Cecilia Muñoz, Vice President, National Council of La Raza

On Sunday, October 6, from 4-6 PM, PCUN will host a gathering in memory of PCUN co-founder Cipriano Ferrel, as well as to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Willamette Valley Immigration Project. Keynote Speaker Cecilia Muñoz, of the National Council of La Raza, will speak on PCUN's role in the national movement for immigrant and workers rights. This event is free and open to the public.

Woodburn, OR: The movement for farmworker and immigrant justice in Oregon celebrates an important milestone this year: 25 years of successes and advances. On Sunday October 6th at 4:00 PM PCUN, Oregon's farmworker union, will hold its annual celebration of Cipriano Ferrel Day, which, this year, will honor the 25th anniversary of the Willamette Valley Immigration Project. PCUN has celebrated Cipriano Ferrel Day since 1995 on the first Sunday in October to honor PCUN's late President and co-founder. The featured speaker will be Cecilia Muñoz, Vice President of the National Council of La Raza, from Washington D.C.
"I have heard a great deal about PCUN and the Willamette Valley Immigration Project throughout the course of its work and I am grateful for the opportunity to visit Oregon and speak at PCUN," said Cecilia Muñoz, "While operating on a local level, PCUN and WVIP have made invaluable contributions to the national movement for immigrant and workers rights."
In May 1977, the Willamette Valley Immigration Project began as a "summer project", a collaboration of the National Lawyers Guild and students from Colegio César Chávez in Mt. Angel, Oregon. WVIP was founded to counter INS raids, educate immigrants about their immigration rights, and defend those willing and able to assert them. WVIP went on to establish a community base in the Woodburn-Salem areas, and lay the groundwork for the founding of PCUN in 1985. WVIP then changed its name to Service Center for Farmworkers and became PCUN's "service arm."
"During these 25 years of continuous service and struggle, WVIP/SCF has assisted more than 6,000 immigrants to seek permanent legal status, opening an avenue to greater security for themselves and their families. It has contributed immensely to the farmworker movement's credibility in the community by building trust and fulfilling hope one family at a time," said PCUN president Ramón Ramirez.
"Although the Service Center does not attract the kind of public attention associated with marches, strikes, and boycotts," said Service Center staff member Leticia Chimal, "it continues to empower farmworkers by helping them to gain legal status and by defending their rights and resolving problems that they are facing quickly and effectively."
PCUN staff, membership, supporters, and community members will gather in PCUN's Risberg Hall to recognize the achievements of the Service Center, honor the memory of Cipriano Ferrel, and hear Cecilia Muñoz report on the national struggle for immigrant and workers rights.


homepage: homepage: http://www.pcun.org
phone: phone: 503-982-0243 ext. 20
address: address: 300 Young Street, Woodburn, OR 97071