California city to name park after Fil-Am labor hero Larry Itliong
 
 
 
 
 
 

California city to name park after Fil-Am labor hero Larry Itliong

/ 10:45 AM June 25, 2021
Larry Itliong led a Filipino farm workers' strike that spread and culminated in the founding of the United Farm Workers union headed by Cesar Chavez. WIKIPEDIA

Larry Itliong led a Filipino farm workers’ strike that spread and culminated in the founding of the United Farm Workers union headed by Cesar Chavez. WIKIPEDIA

DELANO, California — Delano will name a proposed park in honor of one of the Central Valley’s most prominent labor leaders, Larry Itliong.

The Delano City Council unanimously approved a community request to name a proposed park adjacent to the Eleventh Avenue Community Center as Larry Itliong Unity Park.

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“Imagine the excitement of the Filipino community who have known about Larry Itliong to see a park name in his honor,” said Mayor Bryan Osorio. “That’s the vision we’re leading with today by supporting this,” KGET reported.

A Filipino American immigrant and World War II veteran, Itliong is remembered across the nation for his role as a labor leader and organizer. He led a strike of Filipino farm workers that spread and culminated in the founding of the United Farm Workers union headed by Cesar Chavez.

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Itliong lived much of his adult life in Delano and was buried there after his death in 1977.

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