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Governor Brown Sign's Bonta's Filipino American Farm Worker Bill, AB 123

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION REQUIRED TO PROVIDE STATE CURRICULUM ON THE SIGNIFICANT ROLE OF FILIPINO AMERICANS IN THE CALIFORNIA FARM LABOR MOVEMENT

For more information about State of California Assemblymember Bonta, Assembly Bill 123, and his legislative package, visit: http://asmdc.org/members/a18/legislation/2013-2014

Philippine News (Nat'l/Norcal) Week of October 11-17, 2013

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 123 - a first-of-the-kind bill to require the curriculum to include the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement in California. Bonta notes that Governor Brown's signature of the bill is the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of Filipino American History Month, this October.

" The goal of AB 123 is to supplement California's rich farm worker history with the contributions of the Filipino American community. The Filipino American population composes the largest Asian population in California and continues to grow; yet the story of Filipinos and their crucial efforts to farm labor movement is an untold part of California history, " explained Assemblymember Bonta.

" The historical significance of vastly influential leaders, such as Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, are rightfully synonymous w/ California's farm labor movement. Generations of people who follow their stories have benefited from their commitment to social and economic justice in innumerable ways. Missing from the current curriculum are events such as the Delano Grape Strike of 1965, led by the Agricultural Worker's Organizing Committee (AWOC), which was comprised of first generation Filipino leaders (Philip Vera Cruz & Larry Itliong). A week following this strike, the National Farm Workers Association, led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, combined forces with AWOC and by the fall of 1966, the numbers grew to approximately 2,000 --- almost entirely Filipino and Mexican workers, joined together in a powerful collaborative movement. The combined forces grew the movement to approximately 10,000 by 1970.

" By signing AB 123, Governor Brown has made an unprecedented move to give students a more complete account of California's farm labor movement and ensure that these important leaders, such as Philip Vera Cruz and Larry Itliong are remembered by future generations of Californias, " explained Bonta.

Dolores Huerta, an iconic social justice and labor rights activist, spoke in support of the bill in committee: " The students of California need to learn that the sacrifices made by both the Filipino and Latino workers benefited all Californians. AB 123 will ensure that the history is taught accurately. "

The bill is particularly important to Assemlymember Bonta because of his personal heritage and history. Bonta was raised as a child in La Paz, the United Farm Workers' headquarters, where his parents organized Filipino American and Mexican American farm workers. Also, as the first Filipino American elected to the California State Assembly and the Godson of Jose Gomez, Executive Assistant to Cesar Chavez, Bonta is committed to the cause of farm workers and ensuring that the legacy of the farm workers is properly taught to the children of California.

Bonta concluded, " I am proud that Governor Brown recognizes the contributions of Filipinos to the history of our state and country by signing AB 123 and including them in the history and social sciences curriculum taught in California schools."


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