AB 7, as amended, Bonta. Public schools: Larry Itliong Day.
Existing law requires the Governor to proclaim certain days each year for specified reasons. Existing law also designates particular days each year as having special significance in public schools and educational institutions and encourages those entities to conduct suitable commemorative exercises on those dates.
This bill would require the Governor to annually proclaim October 25 as Larry Itliong Day, would designate that date of each year as having special significance in public schools and educational institutions, and would encourage those entities to observe that date by conducting exercises remembering the life of Larry Itliong and the contributions he made to the state.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
The Legislature finds and declares all of the
3(a) Larry Itliong was a native of the
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4 and was born on October 25, 1913, in San Nicolas, Pangasinan.
5(b) At the young age of 15, with only a sixth grade education,
6Larry Itliong decided to seek out the land of “milk and
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7 in order to pursue his studies and moved to the United
8States of America in 1929. As a result of the Great Depression,
9Larry Itliong was forced to work on the railroads and then as a
10migrant farmworker traveling through Montana, South Dakota,
11Washington, and finally California. During that time, Larry Itliong
12learned of the plight suffered by Filipinos and other immigrants
13working as farm laborers.
14(c) Larry Itliong was a prominent leader in one of the greatest
15social justice movements in the United States of America: the
16American farm labor movement. He organized a group of 1,500
17Filipinos to strike against the grape growers of Delano, California,
18and continued on that strike for eight days while suffering through
19violence imposed by the growers’ hired hands and the sheriff
20department and being thrown out of the labor camp.
Larry Itliong remained tenacious and resilient,
22calling upon César Chávez and his followers to join forces with
23the Filipinos and strike together. Due partly as a result of Larry
24Itliong’s persuasions, the two groups combined establishing the
25United Farm Workers of America, one of the greatest unions in
26the history of the nation. The unification of farm labor workers of
27different ethnicities was unprecedented at that time, setting an
28example for future generations of workers and organizers and
29proving to be one of the reasons for the success of the movement.
30(e) Larry Itliong moved on to become the President of the
31Filipino American Political Alliance, the first national political
32Filipino American organization and a crucial alliance between
33Filipino professional and laborers that grew out of the Delano
35(f) Larry Itliong was also instrumental in the founding of the
36 Pablo Agbayani Village, a retirement home built by volunteers for
37retired Filipino Manongs who no longer had families and needed
38a place to call home.
P3 1(g) Larry Itliong passed away in 1977 at the age of 63 leaving
2behind his wife and seven children.
3(h) The accomplishments and contributions of Larry Itliong
4should be properly memorialized within the history and culture of
5the United States of America. Larry Itliong deserves proper
6recognition for his numerous sacrifices in the name of justice and
7the suppression of severely inadequate working conditions.
8(i) Larry Itliong’s legacy has been acknowledged in part in the
9renaming of a Union City middle school, formerly known as
10Alvarado Middle School. The middle school has been renamed
11Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School in honor of the two labor
12movement heroes. It is the first school in the United States of
13America to be named after a Filipino American.
Section 37222.18 is added to the Education Code, to
(a) October 25 of each year is designated and set
17apart as Larry Itliong Day, a day having special significance
18pursuant to Section 37222.
19(b) On Larry Itliong Day, all public schools and educational
20institutions are encouraged to conduct exercises remembering the
21life of Larry Itliong, recognizing his accomplishments, and
22familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state.
Section 6725 is added to the Government Code, to
The Governor annually shall proclaim October 25 as
26Larry Itliong Day.