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Filipino Pullman Porters: Stories from a Descendent

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Rizal Center Filipino American Community Center
1334 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL  
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Join the Chicago Federation of Labor for an event honoring Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
The program will include NALC Branch 11 Director of City Delivery Tyrone Valdez, the son of a Filipino Pullman Porter presenting artifacts to the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum and share stories from his father's days as a Pullman Porter.

In 1924, A. Philip Randolph kicked off the national campaign to organize the Pullman Porters. Black workers were tired of the racism, abuse, indignities, low pay, and harsh conditions that they endured. In response, the Pullman Company used race to thwart the organizing effort. The company pitted people of color against other people of color to keep all workers down. They hired Filipinos in Chicago, and Mexican and Chinese Immigrants on the East and West Coast. It backfired. Filipino workers soon realized that they were being used as pawns. They found solidarity with their Black coworkers and fought to form the historic union.

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