The Assembly Education Committee in the California legislature unanimously passed a bill that would require teaching about the role Filipino Americans played in the farm labor movement, according to the Inquirer.
The bill is sponsored by the first Filipino American elected to the legislature, Rob Bonta (D-Oakland pictured here). He called the Filipinos’ “contributions to the farm labor movement is an untold part of California history.”
Among those who spoke in support of the measure is Delores Huerta, United Farm Worker leader recently inducted into the California Hall of Fame.
“The students of California need to learn that the sacrifices made by both the Filipino and Latino workers benefited all Californians,” she said. “AB 123 will ensure that the history is taught accurately.”
You can learn more about the role Filipino Americans played in organizing farm workers in the Inquirer