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          ASSEMBLY THIRD READING


          AB  
          7 (Bonta)


          As Amended  April 7, 2015


          Majority vote


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          |Committee       |Votes |Ayes                |Noes                |
          |----------------+------+--------------------+--------------------|
          |Education       |7-0   |O'Donnell, Chávez,  |                    |
          |                |      |Kim, McCarty,       |                    |
          |                |      |Santiago, Thurmond, |                    |
          |                |      |Weber               |                    |
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          SUMMARY:  Designates October 25th of each year as Larry Itliong  
          Day, and encourages public schools to recognize it as a day of  
          special significance.  Specifically, this bill:  


          1)Makes finding and declarations relative to the life of Larry  
            Itliong and his contributions as a leader in the American farm  
            labor movement and in the Filipino American community.


          2)Designates October 25th of each year as Larry Itliong Day, a day  
            of special significance, and requires the Governor to annually  
            proclaim October 25th of each year as Larry Itliong Day.


          3)Encourages all public schools and educational institutions to  








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            observe this day and conduct exercises remembering the life and  
            contributions of Larry Itliong.


          EXISTING LAW:  Designates a number of days as days of special  
          significance to the public schools and educational institutions,  
          and encourages them to observe that day and to conduct suitable  
          commemorative exercises.  Those days recognizing individuals are  
          John Muir Day (April 21), Harvey Milk Day (May 22), Fred Korematsu  
          Day (January 30), Ronald Reagan Day (February 6), and Ed Roberts  
          Day (January 23).  


          FISCAL EFFECT:  None.  This bill is keyed non-fiscal by the  
          Legislative Counsel.


          COMMENTS:  


          Need for the bill.  The author notes, "The accomplishments and  
          contributions of Larry Itliong should be properly memorialized  
          within the history and culture of the United States because he is  
          a hero in the socioeconomic and racial justice movement.  Although  
          his accomplishments have been recognized in smaller ways, such as  
          being acknowledged in part in the renaming of a Union City middle  
          school, he deserves to be recognized on a statewide level and  
          remembered for his contributions to our state and nation's  
          history."


          Role of Larry Itliong in the farm labor movement.  This bill  
          recognizes Larry Itliong as a prominent leader in the American  
          farm labor movement.  In 1965, as a leader of the Agricultural  
          Workers Organizing Committee of the AFL-CIO, he organized a group  
          of 1,500 Filipinos in an eight day strike against Delano grape  
          growers.  Itliong asked César Chávez and his followers to join the  
          strike, and the two leaders' organizations eventually combined,  
          establishing the United Farm Workers of America.  Itliong later  








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          became the President of the Filipino American Political  
          Association, the first national political Filipino American  
          organization.  He was also instrumental in the founding of the  
          Pablo Agbayani Village, a retirement home built by volunteers for  
          retired Filipino Manongs.  
          A 2012 New York Times profile of Larry Itliong called him a  
          "forgotten hero" of the labor movement, and noted the achievement  
          of organizing two groups of workers (Filipino American and Mexican  
          American) who were "historically pitted against one another to  
          suppress wages or break strikes."




          Analysis Prepared by:                                               
                          Tanya Lieberman / ED. / (916) 319-2087  FN:  
          0000102