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Filipino-American Larry Itliong improved lives of farmworkers
Updated: 11/2/2020
Filipino-American Larry Itliong improved lives of farmworkers
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  • In the late 1970s, his family and him lived in an apartment on South San Joaquin Street in the Little Manila neighborhood of Stockton, California.
  • Larry Itliong immigrated to the United States in 1929 when he was 15 years old and began working as a farm laborer in Alaska.
  • But the poverty and racism Filipinos experienced prevented him from getting the education he wanted.
  • Cesar Chavez was a labor leader who was working to get Mexican farmworkers to join unions through the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA). Chavez met Itliong and understood that all workers had to stand together in their fight for justice.
  • The Delano Grape Strike lasted for five years. Chavez is known for being the director of UFW, but co-founder and former assistant director Larry Itliong has been forgotten.
  • Gayle Romasanta was born in Manila, Philippines, and immigrated to Stockton's Little Manila in the late 1970s. She is the co-author of Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong and the founder of Bridge and Delta Publishing.
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