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Sign the Larry Itliong St. petition

The petition states:

We the undersigned support the renaming of the section of Hunter Street between the Crosstown Freeway and Hazelton Street to Larry Itliong Street. The renaming of the street, which is in the Little Manila Historic Site, would honor Stocktonian Larry Itliong, a community leader in the Stockton Filipina/o American community, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, and one of the most influential farm labor organizers in the nation. Larry Itliong lived in Stockton in the 1940s and 1950s, was president of the Filipino American Community of Stockton and Vicinity, Inc., and organized workers and strikes in salmon canning, asparagus, and other crops. In Stockton, he was hired as an organizer with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), AFL-CIO in 1959. In 1960, AWOC sent him to Delano, Calif. to organize Filipino American grape workers. On September 8, 1965, he led a strike of more than 2,000 Filipino American grape workers under the AWOC, which became the Delano Grape Strike. He urged Cesar Chavez and his mostly Mexican American group, the National Farm Workers Association, to join the Filipino strikers. In 1966, Itliong and Chavez merged their unions and they co-founded the United Farm Workers. The Grape Strike and the UFW brought the plight of farm workers to global attention. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Delano Grape strike, one of the most powerful and important social justice movements in American history.