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Celebrating Random Act of Mendez for Hispanic Heritage Month
October 15, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pmFREE
ORANGE, CA – Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market is celebrating Random Act of Mendez in honor of the 70-year anniversary of the landmark OC school desegregation case Mendez v. Westminster on Saturday, October 15, the final day of Hispanic Heritage Month. Emmy-winning Mendez documentary filmmaker Sandra Robbie launched Random Act of Mendez this fall to celebrate the Mendez history and to promote PEACE and community engagement, especially during this election year.
Robbie says, “Random Act of Mendez (RAM) encourages our communities to learn the history of Mendez so we may better understand how we are all connected in American Civil Rights History. RAM also celebrates and honors the individual contributions made to the freedoms we enjoy every day through PEACE – Peace, Equity Education, Acts of Kindness, Courage, and Excellent Community Engagement. Random Act of Mendez acknowledges and celebrates that the peace you make makes a difference for all of us. The Mendez case never would have happened if individuals and communities did not become engaged. It is especially important for all our community members to become engaged and vote in this election year.”
‘RAMbassadors’ will be making and giving out Random Act of Mendez bracelets to visitors at the Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market from 9 am – 1 pm. Folks will also have the opportunity to meet and get autographs from community members including Gonzalo Mendez, Jr. and Beverly Guzman Gallegos, whose families participated in the Mendez v. Westminster case. There will also be an opportunity to have your picture taken with the vintage 1967 VW Mendez mobile that has traveled across the country promoting the history of Mendez v. Westminster. At 1 pm, visitors will Random Ramble – take an historic walk for a photo opportunity on the steps of the last standing Mexican school building from the segregation era in Orange County – the Cypress Street School owned by Chapman University.
Orange Home Grown Executive Director and Co-Founder Megan Penn says, “Orange Home Grown (OHG) could not be more excited to have Sandra Robbie and Random Act of Mendez spending the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market. The Farmers Market takes place each Saturday at Chapman’s Historic Villa Park Orchards Packinghouse, just down the street from the historic Cypress Street Schoolhouse. This schoolhouse is known as the last-standing Mexican American segregated schoolhouse in Southern California. We want our community to come together and celebrate our City’s history. OHG is proud to host the Farmers Market in the Cypress Barrio neighborhood of Orange, bringing agricultural life back to a once bustling citrus packinghouse that played a significant role to so many residents of this specific neighborhood, and to the entire City of Orange.”
Lisa David, Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market Manager, and daughter of Latino activist and founder of Los Amigos of Orange County, Amin David, says, “When we learn about our roots, the power of action, and recognize the brave folks who paved the way for educational opportunities, we appreciate how far we’ve come and how much we can accomplish in a short period of time. Dad was an advocate of higher education for all, and I’m glad RAM is coming to the market to share the stories. Our farmers market is about healthy communities, and this project fits right in.”
About Orange Home Grown, Inc.
Orange Home Grown, Inc. (OHG) is a nonprofit organization founded by nine Orange, California residents dedicated to operating a local Saturday farmers and artisans market, providing a free seed lending library in collaboration with the Orange Public Library Foundation, and managing an educational urban farm in the City of Orange. Orange Home Grown Inc’s primary goal is to cultivate a healthy community through family-friendly and community-based education programs in collaboration with like-minded community organizations, and to bring an awareness of healthy living to the community. For more information or to sign up for their quarterly newsletter, visit www.orangehomegrown.org or http://www.facebook.com/OrangeHomeGrownInc.
Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market
Saturday, October 15 9 am – 1 pm 304 N. Cypress Street
Orange, CA 92866