Stockton’s unsung hero

If anybody in Stockton history deserves to have a street named after him — or a park, or a school — it is Larry Itliong.

Though he is forgotten, the Filipino-American labor organizer was the man behind the historic Delano grape strike, which gave farm workers their first contracts with growers. He merged his union with Cesar Chavez’  National Farm Workers Union, a uniting of Filipino and Mexican laborers that created the United Farm Workers and made it a more potent force.

Recently historians held a seminar on Itliong. A cassette tape of a speech by him was played. If you’d like to better familiarize yourself with this historic Stockton figure, a Bay Area NPR radio host wrote this. 

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