CA’s 1st Fil-Am Assemblymember takes oath for 2nd term

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Assemblymember Rob Bonta, the first Filipino American elected to the California State Legislature, was sworn in Monday to his second term in office.

As his first order of business, Bonta introduced AB 7, a bill honoring Fil-Am labor organizer and farm worker Larry Itliong.

The bill will recognize Itliong’s birthday as a day to celebrate his leadership in the Delano grape strike of 1965. The strike led to the formation of the United Farm Workers of America.

The bill is another effort by Bonta to recognize the contributions of Filipino Americans in California’s history.

In 2013, he introduced a bill that required the State Board of Education to include in their curriculum the contributions of Filipino Americans to the Farm Labor Movement.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill weeks before what would have been Larry Itliong’s 100th birthday.

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