Salt of the Earth Film Release 60th Anniversary

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Date(s) - Saturday March 15, 2014
All Day

Contact: Miles Conway | AFSCME


The 60th Anniversary of the benchmark New Mexico movie “Salt of the Earth”. In recognition of this important date we invite you to a series of events in the birthplace of the actual incidents which inspired the movie.

The film’s plot centers on the long and difficult 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, New Mexico.

The victorious Empire Zinc Strike brought about numerous positive changes for the Grant County Community. Beyond the equitable pay and treatment which Chicano Miners won through the strike, the Women who fought in the strike sparked advances in the movement for gender equality, area schools began hiring Hispanic teachers, a credit union helping miners was born, and the roots of justice were firmly established in Grant County.

Anniversary events in the birthplace of the actual incidents which spawned film:

9:45 AM – Bus transportation to EVENTS
(currently at limited seating capacity/caravan will follow)
Grant County Business Conference Center
3031 Hwy 180 E, Silver City, NM

10:00 AM – Coffee Reception, Union Hall in Bayard – light refreshments.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Tour – Mining/strike & film history tour, includes Bayard & Hurley.

1:30 PM – Lunch (L890) Union Hall in Bayard featuring music entertainment by Loretta Chacón & THE MOBETTA LORETTA BAND – sponsored by Judith Helzner of Chicago, IL and The Mimbres Region Arts Council.

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM WNMU Fine Arts:
– Reception in honor of remaining pioneers and their families – Foyer music & displays.
– Action and support opportunities for today’s workers who continue to face issues of inequality.
– Panel discussion moderated by Erica Willis, with surviving activists/family members, organized labor representatives, featured elected officials and scholars.
– Premiere Screening of “Silver City Dreaming” – sponsored by Jon Hendry/IATSE Local 480
– Visual historical exhibits.
– Feature Screening: “Salt of the Earth”

Cost: FREE
Salt of the Earth Film Release 60th Anniversary