The city of Carson and various organizations will honor the life’s work and legacy of Larry Itliong—a Filipino-American labor leader and organizer.
The tribute march will start at 9 a.m. around the vicinity of Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center located at 801 E. Carson Street in Carson.
The event is free and open to the public and will feature music, refreshments, inspirational messages and awards presented to the labor awardees.
Larry Itliong was responsible for organizing immigrant farm workers and cannery workers for more than 30 years. He helped establish the Alaska Cannery Workers Union in the 1930s and helped get a contract that called for eight-hour days with overtime pay.
In 1965, Itliong led the successful “Great Delano Grape Strike” to protest the low wages and miserable working conditions. In 1966, he led the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and merged with the National Farm Workers Association led by Cesar Chavez to form the United Farm Workers union.
In 1970, Itliong founded and became the president of the Filipino American Political Association (FAPA), the first national political Filipino American organization.
In October 2010, the Carson City Council passed a resolution establishing Oct. 25 as Larry Itliong Day in Carson.
For more information, call (310) 830-7600 ext. 1000 or Fe Koons at (310) 987-8886.