Remembering the Delano Grape Strike, and the Filipinos Who Started It All

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 (Farmworker Movement Documentation Project/UC San Diego Library)

Fifty years ago this week, Filipino grape pickers in the Central Valley walked off the fields to protest low wages and poor working conditions. Shortly thereafter, Cesar Chavez and 1,200 Mexican laborers joined their ranks. The strike represented a monumental shift in labor politics, largely because Filipino and Mexican workers united -- something previously unheard of. We look back at the Delano Grape Strike of 1965, the key role Filipino workers played in the protest and how it laid the groundwork for the United Farm Workers.


Dawn Mabalon, associate professor of history at San Francisco State University and co-author of "Filipinos in Stockton"

Lorraine Agtang, one of the original Delano grape strikers

Paul Chavez, president and chairman of the Cesar Chavez Foundation and son of Cesar Chavez