2014 Laborfest http://www.laborfest.net/index.html
July 13 (Sunday) 4:00 – 7:00 PM (Donation)
International Hotel Manilatown Center
868 Kearny Street (at Jackson), San Francisco, CA 94108
Revisiting The History of California Agricultural Workers And Filipino Labor
The history of California agricultural workers is one of struggle and the battle to organize for labor and human rights.
The significant role of Filipino labor leaders, including Larry Itliong, Pete Velasco and others have been all but erased from history. In the recent Hollywood film, their role is virtually wiped out of history, yet, the role of Filipino workers was in fact critical in the early development of the formation of the UFW. This panel will look at this hidden history of the agricultural workers in California, and will discuss and debate the myths, half-truths and omissions. Included in this history will be the purges that took place in the farmworkers, why they happened and the result of these actions in the struggle to organize one of the most oppressed worker sectors in our society.
Speakers include Johnny Itliong and others with personal experience and direct knowledge of Filipinos in the U.S. labor movement.