For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, RAICES is honoring the Pilipino immigrants who came together in 1965 to launch one of the most significant labor campaigns in this nation’s history: the Farmworkers’ Movement.

RAICES partnered with SIPA (Search to Involve Pilipino Americans) and the Pilipino Workers Center to produce a video that highlights the leadership of Pilipino immigrants in the labor movement to improve working conditions for farmworkers. SIPA’s Youth Program Manager Maria Carmel Valendez helps uncover this history as host.

The video features historical footage of the Pilipino Manongs (male elders), including Philip Vera Cruz and Larry Itliong. They worked in partnership with Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez to organize the historic Delano Grape Strike.

This short video is meant to spark conversation and remind viewers that immigrants have been at the forefront of movements for decades, and continue to fight unjust policies with little to no protection.


  • For a more comprehensive look at the courageous campaign the Manongs launched we encourage you to watch director Marissa Aroy‘s documentary “Delano Manongs.” You can watch the full documentary by visiting the PBS website.
  • Pilipino Workers Center was formed in 1997 and works to address the immediate needs of Filipino workers and their families and build their leadership to take collective action on issues that most impact them. Learn more about the Pilipino Workers Center by visiting their website.
  • Founded in 1972, Search To Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) works to enhance the quality of life in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown and for Pilipino Americans throughout Los Angeles County. SIPA is celebrating 50 years of working with the Pilipino community in Southern California. Learn more about their #50for50 campaign here.