Larry Itliong: The Heart of the Farm Labor Struggle
Itliong, alongside Cesar Chavez, co-founded the United Farm Workers union, a union that is still in existence today. While internal tensions ultimately led Itiliong to leave the union he established, he continued advocating for the creation of Agbayani Village, a retirement home dedicated to the elderly manong farm laborers who had been part of the farm labor movement since the 1930s. Itliong’s wish for the creation of Agbayani Village came into fruition in 1974 with the help of community members and student activists across the state of California. Itliong is often remembered as one of the most pivotal figures of the Filipina/o/x American labor movement through his dedication and commitment to Filipino/a/x workers in the farm labor industry.
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