Philip Vera Cruz. Laborer. Farmworker. Leader.
Born in the Philippines, Vera Cruz migrated to the United States and, like most of Filipino immigrants in the early 20th century, worked as a migrant laborer in agricultural fields, canneries, restaurants, and hotels. Vera Cruz co-founded the Delano-based Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), which later merged with Cesar Chavez’ National Farm Workers of America to form the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFW). As a vice president, Vera Cruz was instrumental in leading the UFW to a victory during the Delano Grape Strike.
Visual Communications’ late Executive Director, Linda Mabalot, produced and directed the documentary “Manong”, which featured Vera Cruz, who remained active in union and social justice issues until his death in 1994.
“If more young people could just get involved in the important issues of Social Justice, they would form a golden foundation for the struggle of all people to improve their lives.”
– Philip Vera Cruz