Larry Itliong was born in San Nicolas, Pangasinan on October 19th, 1913. In attempt to seek a better life, he immigrated to America at the age of fifteen. During this time, America was suffering through The Great Depression, which led to many workers, including Larry Itliong to struggle looking for work. He was able to find work in canneries, railroads, and farming. During this time he lost several fingers during work, which resulted in him receiving the nickname “seven fingers.” As Larry Itliong started to navigate through different parts of the country going through several jobs, he started to take note of the mistreatment he and other migrant workers were experiencing in the workplace. Workers would be working twelve hour days and only receiving a little more than a dollar a day. Many people worked under oppressive bosses and worked in poor living conditions. Itliong decided to take a stand against the injustices and started organizing labor unions. He had to move around different states in search for jobs when he finally settled in Central California doing farmwork. Itliong worked alongside several Filipino and Mexican farmworkers. Alongside other Filipino leaders, such as Philip Vera Cruz and Pete Velasco, Itliong was able to organize 1,500 Filipino farmworkers to strike against the growers.
Artwork by Blanca Gutierrez
Laser-printed on 60lb semi-gloss paper. Paper is heavyweight and smooth. Also available as a 2x3 sticker