75th Anniversary of Citrus War this Week as Orange County Yawns

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75 years ago this week, the Citrus War--Orange County's most notorious and bloody labor conflict--began in earnest in an orange grove that still stands today, on Santa Ana Street between Helena and Clementine streets in Anacrime. Of course, no one bothered to mark this momentous moment--which forever solidified the distrust Orange Countians have toward their Mexicans, whether of the legal or illegal variety--because who cares about history when Disneyland just opened their latest rendition of Star Tours? (hey, not hating on my part: once those damn lines shorten in 17 years, I'm going to go until I try all its manifestations).

Anyhoo, from my 2006 cover story marking the anniversary then:

Seventy years ago this week, Orange County's most brutally suppressed strike began with a bite.

On June 15, 1936, at the break of dawn, about 200 Mexican women gathered in Anaheim to preach the gospel of huelga--strike. Four days earlier, about 2,500 Mexican naranjeros representing more than half of Orange County's crucial citrus-picking force dropped their clippers, bags and ladders to demand higher wages, better working conditions and the right to unionize.

The women spread across the groves of Anaheim, the heart of citrus country, urging workers to let the fruit hang. Twenty Anaheim police officers confronted the women; they refused to disperse. At some point there was an altercation, and 29-year-old Placentia resident Virginia Torres bit the arm of Anaheim police officer Roger Sherman. Police arrested Torres, along with 30-year-old Epifania Marquez, who tried to yank a strikebreaker--a scab--from a truck by grabbing onto his suspenders.


All four of you--okay, two of you--interested in learning about the most important event in OC history can continue the reading here.



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mitch young
mitch young

I was referring to the present day. There was indeed a time when WASP Americans thought nothing of kicking a little culo -- Veracruz 1910, Pershing's expedition, etc. But can you imagine 'W' going down to Mexico and criticizing its gun laws -- like Felipe did in San Jose the other day?

Breeder
Breeder

Are you sure those 200 Mexican women weren't here from TJ to break the world record for the biggest orgy? Because we all know those Mexican bitches live to breed.

mitch young
mitch young

So Mexican consular officials like Ricardo Hill were dipping in our kool-aid way back then. Some things never change. Can anyone imagine an American diplomat telling Mexico how to run its affairs?

Eamon
Eamon

you are an unadulterated racist.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You're serious? Go learn your history of what happened with Madero, whiny White!

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