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Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders

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VERA CRUZ

In 1977, the dictator Ferdinand Marcos scored an incredible propaganda victory. That year, a revered Mexican American icon, a legend in US civil rights history, visited him in Manila and endorsed one of the most corrupt rulers in history who was then also notorious for gross violations of human rights.

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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When Cesar Chavez embraced a dictator, a Fil-Am hero said, ‘No se puede’

By
Philip Vera Cruz

In 1977, the dictator Ferdinand Marcos scored an incredible propaganda victory.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

Twice Betrayed

By
Larry Itliong

“Cesar Chavez,” the movie, directed by the Mexican actor Diego Luna, is a heartfelt and rousing portrait of its eponymous subject, the Chicano who rose to national and international prominence in the 1960s by being the face of the movement to boycott California grapes as a tactic to force the growers to improve the working conditions and pay of those who picked the fruit. The organization he headed was the United Farm Workers (UFW), the result of a merger between his and Dolores Huerta’s National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) and the mostly Filipino Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), then headed by Larry Itliong, and affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Historical society pans ‘Cesar Chavez’ film for inaccuracies

Larry Itliong and Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers march with United Automobile Workers leader Walter Reuther. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The national leadership of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) hailed the appearance of United Farm Workers (UFW) co-founder Larry Itliong in the Hollywood biopic “Cesar Chavez,” but criticized its failure “to offer a nuanced and accurate history of the farm workers’ movement.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Global Networking

Philip Vera Cruz and Cesar Chavez

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When I wrote last week that “like Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez before him, Alex Esclamado saw America as an unfinished ideal in which everyone must work to make of it an America of social justice and equality”, a reader, Noel, commented that “it’s a bit too much to compare Alex to Martin Luther King and Chavez.”

Posted: November 30th, 2012 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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