On this #LaborDay, why this story has had a profound impact in my career:

Later this week, on September 8, marks the 56th anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike started by AWOC, AFL-CIO (Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee), comprised of Filipino workers.What most folks don’t know is that a smaller strike in Riverside County was the inspiration for Delano — which is where I had the opportunity to tell that story as a reporter for the Press-Enterprise.Even prior to striking in Delano, AWOC led by Larry Itliong, held a strike in the Coachella Valley on May 3, 1965.

The original link to my story is no longer on the Press-Enterprise website, but below is a link to the full text — published on Sept 4, 2005: my reflection on the 55th anniversary of the Delano strikes here from 2020’s virtual event:…

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