Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong

Department: Asian American Studies

Date and Time: October 24, 2019 | 9:30 AM-9:00 PM

Event Location: HIB 100 & Dr. White Room (Cross-Cultural Center)

Event Details

Please join us in welcoming author, community activist, editor, and publisher Gayle Romasanta for two programs on October 24 for her co-authored children's book with Dr. Dawn Mabalon,
Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong

Dr. Dawn Mabalon was a nationally-recognized U.S. history scholar and faculty at San Francisco State University, who passed away unexpectedly in 2018.   Both programs will focus on the decades-long community organizing of the Filipina/o American community to develop political recognition and economic justice for Filipina/o farmworkers, as exemplified by the life work of labor organizer Larry Itliong.  Itliong first migrated to the U.S. continent in 1929, one of over 100,000 Filipinos and Filipinas who arrived during the first half of the twentieth century due to U.S. colonial control of the Philippines.  In 1965, Itliong was a pivotal organizer for the Delano Grape Strike in California for striking Filipino farmworkers.  These laborers were soon joined by the National Farm Workers Association, led by Cesar Chavez and others, building a coalition which eventually led to the formation of the United Farm Workers in 1966. 

Romasanta's visit will consist of two segments. The morning program will be held in Professor Dorothy Fujita-Rony's "Asian American Histories" class, Humanities Instructional Building 100, 9:30-10:50am.  
The evening program will be hosted by Kababayan at UCI, in the Dr. White Room, Cross-Cultural Center, 7pm-9pm.

Both programs are free and open to the public. 

For further information or to request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please email for the morning program and for the evening program. 

These programs are sponsored by the Department of Asian American Studies and Alyansa ng mga Kababayan, and co-sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center, the Department of History, and the UCI Humanities Center: Borders & Belonging.  We also thank UCI Student Affairs for their support of these events

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