Fifty years ago on Sept. 8, the Filipino farm workers in Delano, Calif., began the historic Grape Strike that brought the civil rights movement to the fields.
Workers had been used to working for less than a dollar an hour, but now demanded a fair wage–$1.40 an hour. Or else.
A unanimous strike vote was taken on Sept. 7 in Delano’s Filipino Community Hall. On the next day, the workers were set. Two-thousand or so men and women of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AFL-CIO) walked off the job.
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I talk with Little Manila Foundation’s Dillon Delvo about Dawn Mabalon’s new book, “Little Manila Is In The Heart”. The event took place in Stockton,Ca. on 7/13/13. Dawn’s research breaks new ground, and even uncovered an important personal revelation for Dillon, who learned about his father’s association with the under-appreciated Filipino American labor leader, Larry Itliong. Everyone seems to be discovering Itliong finally, with a growing movement to acknowledge history and place him next to iconic labor leader Cesar Chavez.
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Podcast: A talk with Little Manila Foundation’s Dillon Delvo about Dawn Mabalon’s new book “Little Manila is in the heart”