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          Date of Hearing:  June 22, 2015 

                             ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON RULES

                                Richard Gordon, Chair

          ACR 66  
          (Bonta) - As Introduced May 11, 2015

          SUBJECT:  Filipino American History Month.

          SUMMARY:  Recognizes the month of October 2015 as Filipino  
          American History Month and the 428th anniversary of the first  
          presence of Filipinos in the continental United States.  
          Specifically, this resolution makes the following legislative  

          1)Filipinos and Filipino Americans have been contributing to  
            California and the United States for hundreds of years, ever  
            since October 18, 1587, when the first "Luzones Indios" set  
            foot in Morro Bay, California, on board the Nuestra Seņora de  
            Esperanza, a Manila-built galleon ship captained by Pedro de  
            Unamuno of Spain.

          2)In the first decades of the 20th century, thousands of  
            Filipinos in California worked in agricultural fields  
            throughout the state, in cities and regions such as the  
            Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the central coast, Imperial  
            Valley, Orange County, the Inland Empire, Delano, Bakersfield,  
            Coachella Valley, and the San Francisco Bay area, and became a  
            critical element in the growth and political economy of the  
            state, often enduring harsh labor conditions and poor wages,  
            but persevering and creating a strong legacy of mutual  


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            support, strikes, and organization for farm labor  

          3)The Filipino American population is currently the largest  
            Asian American and Pacific Islander group in California and  
            the third largest Asian American and Pacific Islander group in  
            the United States.

          4)Preserving our Filipino communities throughout California and  
            the United States is critical to the preservation of Filipino  
            culture, history, traditions, and heritage.

          FISCAL EFFECT:  None



          None on file


          None on file

          Analysis Prepared by:Nicole Willis / RLS. / (916) 319-2800


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