Cipriano F. in PCUN update

From PCUN Update……Issue #23, December, 1995

Editorial: “Winning the Struggle Without Him”

“His death has left us the most difficult task of all: to win the struggle without him.”

We first heard those words spoken not about Cipriano Ferrel, but by him. At PCUN’s memorial for César Chávez on May 2, 1993, Cipriano issued that call: to win the struggle without César. Today, we repeat those words and face that task: the most difficult one, which now seems much more so.

Even in so short a life, Cipriano left us enough vision, wisdom and example to last us the rest of our lifetimes, and to complete that difficult task. A vision of liberation, an example of living with dignity and self-respect, and wisdom about achieving them. Caring about the people in the movement, not just the issues. Struggling—and challenging others to struggle—with the hard questions. Having the courage to be a revolutionary—visualizing oneself and our society as we strive for it to be. And never being deterred from following one’s instincts about defending a fundamental principle, no matter how protracted the fight or how powerful the adversary.

Looking through dozens of photos of Cipriano, spanning nearly two decades, we noticed that most of them captured his most central roles in this organization and in this movement: communicating ideas, conveying hope, listening to the concerns and thoughts of others, and encouraging self-confidence.

For each of us in whom Cipriano left an indelible mark, we must decide how best to keep Cipriano’s spirit alive. What sacrifice can I make? What can I offer? What example can I set and who can I support to facilitate their contribution? We must take to heart, as Cipriano did, our responsibility to fulfill Che Guevara’s prediction that “other hands will take up the struggle.”

For the staff and board of PCUN, we find that Cipriano’s presence, which we sense every day, outweighs his absence, which we also feel daily, because we are resolved to take on that most difficult task. We know that we are not alone and that our ranks—the ranks of the committed—have grown during this tough time and will continue to grow.

 As Dolores Huerta first asked in 1972: “¿Se puede?”  

¡Si se puede!


Poem of Cipriano Ferrel

To my children, I leave a world of injustices;

To my parents, I leave my gratitude for their humanitarian teachings;

To my comrades in the struggle, I leave my principles;

To the struggle, I leave my ideas;

To my enemies, I leave my smile;

The ill will always have my love of life;

To the wise, I leave my ignorance;

To the oppressed, I entrust my hope for a new world;

To those who I have disrespected, I ask their pardon;

To each of my lovers, I leave a piece of my heart.

(Transcribed from a handwritten page, date and authorship unknown)

PCUN In The News

Links to current news articles

Ramon Ramirez Arrested- 08/01/13

Story of PCUN Member Elizabeth Calixtro- 07/21/13

Oregon’s Legislators restore driver license- 05/01/13

Oregon Legislators restore drive license (2)- 05/01/13

Oregon Governor Signs Drive Cards Bill- 05/01/13

CAPACES Received Passive House Certification- 02/13/13

Cracking down on wage theft- 09/12/12

PCUN Donates Historic Documents to UO- July 2012

Opinion: Migrant Farmworkers Suffer in Oregon-03/30/12

Latino Presence iN Oregon (OBP Think Out Loud)- 05/31/12


Larry Kleinman’s Writings

These narratives written by PCUN’s co-founder Larry Kleinman tell various parts of the history of PCUN from a bird’s eye view.

Our Movement’s First Home. Tells the story of the small, dilapidated wooden structure that served as our headquarters from 1980 to 1988 and later as a residence for volunteers.  The story was written in June 2008, six weeks before the building’s deconstruction began.  Deconstructing the building was the first step in preparing the site for the CAPACES Leadership Institute building.  (May, 2008; 10 p)

March 17, 2005.  Describes four events that occurred in Woodburn on March 17, 2005=, serving as indicators of the progress our movement had made—or failed to make—in changing the politics of Woodburn over the last quarter century.  (Dec., 2005; 19 p)

You Can Hear Us Now!:  The Story of PCUN’s Radio Movimiento, “La Voz del Pueblo”.   Narrates PCUN’s path to establishing and operating a non-commercial low-power FM radio station.   Subtitled “Taking mass communications with PCUN’s community base from someday to every day,” this work lays out a quarter century of dreaming, scheming, teaming up for, and beaming radio broadcasting.  The final chapter sets forth three big ideas that have shaped our movement and how the radio station manifests those ideas.  (Jan. 2008; 134 p)

Willlamette Valley Law Project:  Born on César’s 50th.  A reflection on the 35th anniversary in 2012 of WVLP, one of our movement’s very first non-profit (but still  least visible) entities.  WVLP was incorporated on March 31, 1977, coincidentally César Chávez’s 50th birthday. (March 31, 2012; 4 p)

Dues Worth Paying. PCUN members have paid in $2,000,000 as dues and for services in a quarter century.   This essay described PCUN’s dues system and analyzes how it manifests PCUN’s fundraising principles.  (Published in the Grassroots Fundraising Journal’s 30th anniversary issue, Sept., 2011; 4 p.)

Immigrant Spring, Five Years On:  What the 2006 Marches of Millions Can Tell Us About Today’s “Madison Moment”.

 The Minimum No One Talks about in Oregon. An Op-Ed, published in the Salem Statesman-Journal newspaper on August 1, 2009 under the headline “Minimum Wage Workers are Better Off in Oregon.”  The essay, written as increase in the federal minimum wage took effect, sets forth the forces behind and key outcomes of Oregon’s minimum wage having been higher than the federal minimum for two decades.  (Aug., 2009; 1 page)

Alabama and the Nation’s Conscience.  An Op-ed on the 2012 re-enactment of the five-day Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 and how the 2012 march broke new ground in unifying the modern day civil rights and immigrants’ rights struggles to repeal Alabama’s worst-in-the-nation anti-immigrant law, HB 56.  (March, 2012; 1 page in Word)

A Call From Tom Ruhl.  How a pivotal educational leader set in motion a scholarship which opens a path to higher education for leaders of our movement who are undocumented immigrants.  (Dec. 2011; 9 p., Word)

Coming to [New] Terms with the “I” Word. A concise de-construction and critique of what the word “illegal” has come to mean and how we might reframe and re-label “earned legalization” and “amnesty.”  (Jan., 2008; 4 p.)

Donde No Hay [Tantos] Votantes. How an immigrant-based movement has taken a “do-it-ourselves” approach to Latino voter organizing in an area where Latinos are numerous but Latino voters are not.  The title, “Where There Aren’t [Very Many] Voters,” invokes the popular community manual “Donde No Hay Médico”.  (October, 2008; 9 pages)

Resisting La Migra. This narrative, still incomplete, interweaves the stories, historical background and commentary about our movement’s early years (1976 through 1988) defined and consumed by our legal and community-organizing resistance to INS raids and the struggle for immigration reform.  (March, 2008; 75 pages completed in Word).


PCUN supports the Census 2010

PCUN is in full support to the Census 2010!

PCUN is in full support to the Census 2010

Cause we matter
Cause we are here
Cuase we should be COUNTED as the people we contribute to today’s economy


If we don’t count ourselves.. No one will!!

Support and help the Census 2010 to be easy to answer.

SI Se Puede Con el Census2010!!

Cipriano Ferrel Day


FHDC Nuevo Amanecer in Cipriano Ferrel Education Center

October 7th 2009 is the day when we have the honor to acknowledge a great Leader that was among us.

Cipriano Ferrel

A Leader

A Friend

A Husband

A Father

and a Friend

That will always be remember in our Movement.


come and Join us! we will be at Cipriano Ferrel Center at

1274 5th Street in Woodburn, OR 97071-4100

Close by Woodburn High School on Highway 214