Today I gathered sage seeds and started to process them.  I will be out there again tomorrow morning doing some maintenance and planting some climbing beans, pumpkins, and soap root.  Anyone who would like is welcome to come out and join me.

Student Equity Council (SEC) Summer Programming

Thank you SEC advisors and students for another fantastic year of equity-led work! The work does not stop here. We are very excited to announce our SEC summer programming:

Internship. We are hosting two high school interns for 8 weeks to design a prototype for Anti-Racist Pop-Ups and recruitment materials for SECs. The Anti-Racist Pop-Ups will be a set of activities that enable participants to identify racism, imagine equitable futures, and co-design anti-racist infrastructures where they can be protagonists of change.

June: Educational Equity Book Study

Book Title: So You Want to Talk About Race
Author: Ijeoma Oluo

Looking for an opportunity to read a New York Times bestseller and have a conversation with other Elk Grove Unified Employees about how it relates to our local community,  our educational system, and our work in EGUSD? The Office of Educational Equity Invites you to be a part of the conversation. 

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a revelatory examination of race in America.
Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from police brutality and cultural appropriation to the model minority myth in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race, and about how racism infects every aspect of American life.

Sign up in PL Essentials

June Meeting Dates: 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29
Meeting Times: 1:00-2:30 pm
Meeting Location: Zoom

Earn 7.5 hours of credit OR ½ unit
Books will be provided by the Office of Educational Equity

Enrich your curriculum with Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong

Photo: Courtesy of the Filipino American National Historical Society

Larry Itliong convinced 2,000 Filipino farmworkers to walk away from the California vineyards on September 7, 1965, starting the Delano Grape Strike.  Author Gayle Romasanta is on a crusade to recover the farm worker’s story, empowering young leaders to follow in his footsteps. 

While an important part of the Delano Grape Strike, Larry Itliong, is largely unknown to many. Itliong immigrated to the United States in 1929 at the age of 15 and started working upon his arrival as a farm worker and in salmon canneries. Although his goal was to become a lawyer and seek justice for the poor, his poverty and racism in the United States shattered his dream. He instead became a labor leader and organizer, organizing workers in Alaska and throughout the West Coast. In his hometown of Stockton, CA he recruited over a thousand new members to join the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC). His hard work and effective leadership were recognized by union leaders and he was asked to go to Delano to organize grape workers. Itliong convinced over 2,000 Filipino farm workers to strike. He reached out to Cesar Chavez soon after the strike began to ask him and Mexican farm workers to join the strike. Itliong understood the importance of solidarity in the fight for justice. 

Although Chavez did not think the Mexican farm workers were ready for a strike he took Itliong’s request back to the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA). Dolores Huerta and Chavez spoke to nearly 1,000 NFWA members and in a unanimous vote the Mexican farmworkers joined the Filipinos. The following year the AWOC and the NFWA merged together and became the United Farm Workers (UFW). The Delano Grape Strike went on for five years. Chavez’s recognition grew as the director of the UFW, the limelight was focused on him and co-founder and former assistant director Larry Itliong has been cast into the historical shadows. While this strike was one of the most important social justice and economic movements in American history, many, including the Filipino-American community, are unaware of Itliong’s crucial efforts in organizing and supporting workers. After five years of striking, in 1970, more than 30 Delano grape growers in Delano agreed to a pay increase for the workers, a medical insurance plan, and established controls over toxic pesticides.

Do you want a way to bring this story into your curriculum? Leading Filipino American historian Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, PhD and Gayle Romasanta co-wrote Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong. Their book tells the story of labor leader and co-founder of the UFW, Larry Itliong. This is the first book written about Larry Itliong and the first non-fiction illustrated Filipino American history book for children.  

Teachers Guide: Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong
Filipino American National Historical Society
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Journey for Justice: An Interview with Gayle Romasanta
Filipinos in the UFW Movement: Agustin Lira & Patricia Wells Solorzano on Larry Itliong 

Further reading
Why Is It Important to Know the Story of Filipino-American Larry Itliong

Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) Youth Leadership Academy (AYLA)












 For more information, visit: 

APAPA Youth Leadership Academy (AYLA) program is focused on developing civically engaged leaders who want to make a difference in the civic life of our communities. The attendees will receives a series of lectures on topics ranging from focusing on the topics of personal development, leadership, career path planning. 

Applicant Requirements: Rising HIgh School Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors in the school year 2022 to 2023

Date: June 17th & June 18th 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: APAPA HQ, 4000 Truxel Rd #3, Sacramento, CA 95834

All required application must be submitted by June 5th. Limited spots available.

EGUSD Elk Grove HS Black Student Union Club Spotlight

By, Cory Burleson-Bayone

Student Bthany participated in the Miss Black Teen Sacramento Pageant and made a short film about my great grandmother, grandmother, and her mother. Her great grandmother was a domestic worker and her great mother picked cotton for 25cents per day. Her mother was a divorced housewife of three. She made this project display board to show everyone where she came from and what made her the ‘phenomenal woman’ SHE IS. THis will be on display at Elk Grove HS for the month of April.

-Bethany, Cory, BSU Advisor Katrina Lee

Elk Grove High School – Black Student Union

Grade 11