Laigo Cordova grew up in the Central District in a community dependent upon
cannery and farm labor jobs. Active in Seattle's Filipino American community for more than fifty years,
Dorothy and Fred Cordova created the Filipino Youth Association in the 1960s, the
Demonstration Project for Asian Americans in the 1970s, and the
Filipino American National Historical Society in the 1980s.
Cordova was raised in Stockton, California. He came to Seattle in the early
1950s to attend Seattle University. Active in Seattle's Filipino American community for more than fifty years,
Dorothy and Fred Cordova created the Filipino Youth Association in the
1960s, the Demonstration Project for Asian Americans in the 1970s, and the
Filipino American National Historical Society in the 1980s
David Della grew up in Seattle. He became
active in the Alaska Cannery Workers Association in the 1970s and was elected into the ILWU Local 37 lesdership in the 1980s. A former
director of the State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs,
he was elected to the Seattle City Council in 2003.
Sister of assassinated union leader Silme
Domingo, Cindy Domingo was active in the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP)
in the 1970s and in the 1980s headed the Committee for Justice for
Domingo and Viernes that waged a successful 9 year long campaign to
prove that Marcos regime was complicit in the murders.
youngest of the Domingo siblings, Lynn joined the KDP
while in high school in the 1970s, organized Asian American students at
UW, joined ILWU local 37 and organized Alaska cannery workers. She
remains an active member of LELO.
Born in the Philippines, Francisco Irigon grew up in
Tacoma/Seattle, attended Seattle Central, and was active in
the UW Asian Student Coalition in the early 1970s. Helping lead the
demonstrations that preserved the International District, he was co-founder
of the Asian Family Affair.
Robert “Bob” Santos, is
the most publicly recognized spokesperson and leader of the movement that
began in the 1970s to preserve Seattle’s Chinatown/ International District.
He served as president of the Catholic Interracial Conference, HUD Regional Director, and was Executive Director of
Inter*Im from 1972 to1989, and 2002 to 2006.
The first Filipina American elected to a State
Legislature in the continental U.S., Velma Veloria came to Seattle in the
1980s to organize cannery workers under the auspices of the Union of
Democratic Filipinos (KDP). After a decade of labor activism, she turned to
electoral politics and served in the legislature for 13 years.