Friday, September 2, 2011

Join with the UFW on Sunday at the Capitol

The United Farm Workers are asking for your help this Sunday.

10 days ago, in the tradition of Cesar Chavez, they set off on a 13-day, 200-mile march which ends at the Capitol this Sunday, on Labor Day weekend. The march presses for enactment of the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act and legislation giving farm workers the right to be paid overtime after 8 hours like other workers.

The march begins at 10 a.m. at Southside Park and the rally will begin at noon on the North Steps of the Capitol. Will you join them?

In Governor Brown's June veto of the "Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act," he says he is "not yet convinced" that this is the right moment to give farm workers basic rights. For farm workers, "not yet" means farm workers don't get water and shade. "Not yet" means farm workers continue to die of heat illness.1At least 15 California farm workers have suffered heat-related deaths since 20052 and California's sun may have already claimed two farm worker lives this year.3

Farm workers can't afford to wait any longer, not when their lives are at risk. So they are marching to the Capitol in Sacramento to try to convince Gov. Brown to sign their new bills that will soon reach his desk. And they are also asking the public to help them get their message across to the governor.

Will you join thousands of farm workers as they march with these peregrinos (pilgrims) in their final trek to the Capitol and rally with them?

Si Se Puede!

Click here to sign up:

Thank you.

--Arturo Rodriguez, United Farm Workers

No comments: