Human Relations Commission Celebrates Filipinx American History Month

Posted on 10/28/2021
HRC meeting October 2021

LOS ANGELES - Today, the Human Relations Commission honored Filipinx American History Month, celebrated throughout the month of October each year. Los Angeles is home to the largest Filipinx population outside of Manila.

The meeting included presentations from guest speakers and Commission members, including:

  • Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, Commissioner, Overview of FilAm History Month and a video on the Delano Grape Worker Strike [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]
  • Dr. Joe Bernardo, Loyola Marymount University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Associate, Presentation on the History of Filipinos in LA and Historic Filipinotown [CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD]
  • Ysabel Jurado, Commissioner, Introduction to Filipino Workers Center
  • Allen Galeon, Pilipino Workers Center, Caregiver & Worker

The Human Relations Commission, a mayor-appointed advisory board within the Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department (LA Civil Rights), promotes intergroup peacebuilding, equity, and human rights in the City of Los Angeles by transforming community engagement and dialogue into sustainable programs and policy. It was established through the City Charter in 1966, following the Watts Civil Unrest and policy recommendations outlined in the McCone Commission’s report to create pathways for communication of local community concerns to city leadership. The HRC’s work has evolved over the years, exploring numerous intergroup engagement and peacebuilding models such as town halls, convening meetings, and facilitated dialogues.