Bonta Bill Includes School Instruction on Filipino Role in Farm Worker Movement

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

AB 123 Recognizes Important Contributions of Filipinos

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was proud to introduce AB 123 this week, a bill to require school districts to include within their social study instruction the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement in California.  

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

“The names and historical significance of vastly influential leaders in the farm labor movement - such as Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz - are unknown to the general public.  California residents need to learn about the pioneering efforts of Filipino farm laborers and leaders in instigating the 1965-1970 Delano Grape Strike, which helped launch the American farm labor movement. AB 123 would give students a more complete account of California’s farm labor movement and ensure that these important leaders are remembered by future generations of Californians.”

Bonta concluded, “It is time to recognize the contributions of Filipinos to the history of our state and country by including them in the social sciences curriculum taught in California schools. AB 123 is a strong step toward this goal.”

Elected in 2012, Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. Bonta is the Chair of the Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee.  He serves on the following Assembly Committees:  Health, Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Elections and Redistricting.

Contact: Amy Alley (916) 319-2018