Thank you All For Attending This Year's
Las Mañanitas Breakfast
The Event Was A Huge Success!
CESAR CHAVEZ CLUBS 8TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER BREAKFAST
Friday March 24, 2017 7 - 9 am
HONORING LUIS VALDEZ
"The Father of Chicano Theater"
“It comes out of human beings, it comes from the dark side of the human being, when people don't give a hoot about other people and they'll steal and rob and rob the food out of baby's mouths, so it's incumbent on every new generation to develop a social conscience and to really defend themselves. And that takes demonstrations sometimes.” - Luis Valdez
Luis Valdez’ life spans a unique trajectory in American life. From the farm fields of Delano, California to the glittering lights of Broadway, and onto an award winning career in Television and Hollywood, no one has had a greater influence on Chicano culture than Valdez.
The son of migrant parents, Valdez began harvesting crops at age six. From a very early age, Valdez became interested in theater. By the time he entered San Jose State University, he began writing plays and staged his first full length play, The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa at the university. Valdez joined the San Francisco Mime Troupe, The Troupe was dedicated to the idea of theater as a way to inform and politicize the public through free street performances.
Valdez was inspired by news of the striking farmworkers in Delano and its charismatic leader, Cesar Chavez. He convinced Chavez that theater could be an effective way to communicate to farmworkers. The Teatro Campesino was born in 1965. Valdez recruited farmworkers to perform in the short “actos”; short one act plays that dramatized the issues farmworkers faced. Valdez and his group visited migrant camps up and down the Central Valley entertaining farmworkers with their short plays infused with comedy and music.
Teatro Campesino spawned dozens of teatros throughout the Southwest which is why Valdez is considered the father of Chicano theater. Valdez’ most famous play, Zoot Suit premiered in Los Angeles in 1978 and on Broadway in 1979. Valdez directed a film version in 1981. Zoot Suit is returning to production this year at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, CA.
In 1987, Valdez achieved box office success with La Bamba, a biography of the rock and roll sensation, Ritchie Valens. Valdez established a permanent home for the Teatro in San Juan Bautista, California.
Today, Valdez heads the Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department at California State University, Monterey Bay. In 2015, Valdez was awarded the National Medal of Arts by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Enjoy these videos from our past Las Mañanitas events.
2017 Las Mañanitas Breakfast
Honoring Luis Valdez. Watch this amazing video shown to the Las Manzanitas audience with interviews of our Chavistas discussing what the Cesar Chavez legacy mean to them.
2016 Las Mañanitas Breakfast
Video of Marshal Ganz speech.
2015 Las Mañanitas Breakfast
Honoring Ken Msemaji and Fahari Jeffers
2014 Las Mañanitas Breakfast
Honoring Maurice "Mo" Jourdane.
2013 Las Mañanitas Breakfast
Honoring Leon Williams, Senator Lucy Killea, Gracia Molina de Pick and Armando Rodriguez.
Las Manañitas Breakfast
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LAS MANANITAS TITLE SPONSOR
SIMNSA HEALTH PLAN
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CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL, AFL-CIO
UNITED DOMESTIC WORKERS
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JIM CAHILL FAMILY FUND
MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
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SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE
SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION
SMITH, STEINER VANDERPOOL & WAX
SOUTHWEST REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS
SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO
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