Larry Itliong was the man credited with starting California’s legendary Delano Grape Strike in 1965. Itliong led Filipinos workers to the picket lines, and then invited Cesar Chavez and Mexican laborers to join them.
Philip Vera Cruz was known as a quiet “intellectual” who worked closely with Chavez once the United Farm Workers were born.
Both were important figures in California’s early labor movements, but to date, it’s been Chavez who has received most of the recognition — until this week.
For their efforts in merging civil rights and labor rights for the farm workers, Itliong and Vera Cruz will now have their names joined by a hyphen and on display on two California public locations . . .