In celebration of Larry Itliong Day and Filipino American History Month, the Center will host a screening of a remarkable new documentary, Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers, at 6pm in the Digital Library Auditorium at Riverside City College. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with the director of the film, Marissa Aroy.
On September 8, 1965, Filipino American grape workers, members of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, walked out on strike against Delano-area table and wine grape growers. They were protesting years of poor pay and unsafe working conditions. The Filipino workers asked Cesar Chavez, who led a mostly Latino farm workers union, the National Farm Workers Association, to join their strike.
This film tells the story of Larry Itliong and the group of Filipino farm workers, known as manongs, who instigated one of the American farm labor movement’s finest hours–the Delano Grape Strike of 1965. This strike brought about the creation of the United Farms Workers Union (UFW). While the movement is known for Cesar Chavez’s leadership and often considered a Chicano movement, Filipinos played a pivotal role.
Explore this little-known history of a moment that changed California, the nation, and the history of the American labor movement!
Please contact the Center at 951-222-8846 or firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain your temporary parking permit for the RCC campus during the event.
This post was contributed by student worker Cynthia Mosely.