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Philip Vera Cruz: A Personal History of Filipino Immigrants and the Farmworkers Movement, Third Edition

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Filipino farmworkers sat down in the grape fields of Delano, California, in 1965 and began the strike that brought about a dramatic turn in the long history of farm labor struggles in California. Their efforts led to the creation of the United Farm Workers union under Cesar Chavez, with "Philip Vera Cruz" as its vice-president and highest-ranking Filipino officer.

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by University of Washington Press (first published January 1st 1992)
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sdw
Mar 20, 2008 sdw rated it liked it
This first person narrative from Philip Vera Cruz focuses on his role as a labor organizer among Filipino farmworkers in California. It was the Filipino union that started the Grape strike in Delano, Chavez’s union joined in as an act of solidarity, and then both merged into the UFW. The discussion of the UFW focuses on Philip Vera Cruz’s critiques of Chavez’s leadership style and his opposition to the UFW’s implicit endorsement of Marcos’ dictatorship in the Philippines. I think its an importan ...more
Jasha Gutierrez
Forgotten lives. This is what the book tries to make us remember. Lives that have shaped America but deleted in history and buried with the nameless bodies that lived them.


While still across the ocean
I heard about the U.S.A.
So thrilled by wild imagination
I left home through Manila Bay

Then on my way I thought and wondered
Alone what would the future be?
I gambled parental care and love
In search for human liberty.

But beautiful bright pictures painted
Were just half of the whole story…
Reflections of
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Daniella
Amazing and inspiring and insightful. Philip Vera Cruz writing and thoughts into the UFW and the leadership, the Filipino experience, social movements, politics, organizing, capitalism, etc. are incredible. This is a book that I will look back to inform me when I have questions. It's also an incredibly moving account of his struggle in the Philippines and in the US. It's also very notable his perspective as a man, nothing wrong, but interesting when he writes of all the Filipino women going to J ...more
Shoshanna
Nov 30, 2007 Shoshanna rated it it was ok
Shelves: organizing, history
memoir of filipino organizing of the UFW in Ca
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