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Date:
October 8, 2020
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:
Online event
Address:
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Email:
Cost:
Free
Drawing of UFW cofounder Larry Itliong
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Author Gayle Romasanta - Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Gayle Romasanta will join us to talk about Larry Itliong’s life, career and his importance to the Filipino-American community.

Celebrate Filipino American History Month with a conversation with the co-author of a new biography of one of the community's heroes!

When Larry Itliong led the Delano Grape Strike in 1965, it marked one of the first times Mexican and Filipino farmworkers went on strike together. When Itliong’s Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee merged with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta’s National Farm Workers Association, the United Farm Workers union was formed, and Itliong went on to serve as co-founder and Assistant Director. Their work in Delano led to a pay increase for the workers, as well as health insurance and controls over toxic pesticides.

Gayle Romasanta and coauthor Dawn Mabalon set out to write the first Filipino American history book for children–and they did–but their book has also found its way into university curricula.

About Gayle Romasanta:
Gayle Romasanta was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in Stockton, California. She is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts writing program at California College of the Arts. Her work as a writer and editor has spanned over 20 years, with her work published in newspapers, literary journals, magazines, and books. She founded Kappa Psi Epsilon sorority, a Filipino culture-based organization, over 20 years ago with chapters statewide at UCLA, UC Davis, CSU Long Beach, CSU Sacramento, and San Francisco State University. She is also the author of the English and Tagalog children’s book, Beautiful Eyes (Meritage Press, 2012). Currently she is the publisher/owner of Bridge and Delta Publishing, an independent publishing house focused on Filipino American storytelling.

This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.