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 Philippines and was born
4on October 25, 1913, in San Nicolas, Pangasinan.
begin delete the young age of 15,end delete with only a sixth
6grade education, Larry Itliong decided to seek out the land of “milk
7and honey” in order to pursue his
begin delete studiesend delete and moved to
8the United States of America in 1929. As a result of the Great
9Depression, Larry Itliong was forced to work on the railroads and
10then as a migrant farmworker traveling through Montana, South
11Dakota, Washington, and finally California. During that time,
12Larry Itliong learned of the plight suffered by Filipinos and other
13immigrants working 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
begin delete sheriff and being thrown out of the labor
22(d) However, Larry Itliong remained tenacious and resilient,
23calling upon César Chávez and his followers to join forces with
24the Filipinos and strike together. Due partly as a result of Larry
begin delete persuasions,end delete the two groups begin delete combinedend delete
26 establishing the United Farm Workers of
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27 one of the greatest unions in
29the history of the nation. The unification of farm labor workers of
30different ethnicities was unprecedented at that time, setting an
31example for future generations of workers and organizers and
32proving to be one of the reasons for the success of the movement.
33(e) Larry Itliong moved on to become the President of the
34Filipino American Political
begin delete Alliance,end delete the first national
35political Filipino American organization and a crucial alliance
begin delete professionalend delete and laborers that grew
37out of the Delano Grape Strike.
P3 1(f) Larry Itliong was also instrumental in the founding of the
2 Pablo Agbayani Village, a retirement home built by volunteers for
3retired Filipino Manongs who no longer had families and needed
4a place to call home.
5(g) Larry Itliong passed away in 1977 at the age of 63 leaving
6behind his wife and seven children.
7(h) The accomplishments and contributions of Larry Itliong
8should be properly memorialized within the history and culture of
9the United States of America. Larry Itliong deserves proper
10recognition for his numerous sacrifices in the name of justice and
11the suppression of severely inadequate working conditions.
12(i) Larry Itliong’s legacy has been acknowledged in part in the
13renaming of a Union City middle school, formerly known as
14Alvarado Middle School. The middle school has been renamed
15Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School in honor of the two labor
16movement heroes. It is the first school in the United States of
17America 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
21apart as Larry Itliong Day, a day having special significance
22pursuant to Section 37222.
23(b) On Larry Itliong Day, all public schools and educational
24institutions are encouraged to conduct exercises remembering the
25life of Larry Itliong, recognizing his accomplishments, and
26familiarizing 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
30Larry Itliong Day.