Community members rush to give water and snacks to farm workers on 335-mile march for labor rights

Among the speakers who delivered “fiery speeches” was Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW). Although the 92-year-old woman is not participating in any of the marches, she is as vocal as ever about the need for justice for these workers. “Farm workers remain the poorest families in the state,” he said The Fresno Bee. “This is not right. This is not fair. This is what needs to be changed.”

“Delano Deputy Mayor Verónica Vásquez broke down in tears as she spoke of her lifelong support of the UFW and the farmworkers who planted her grandparents, Florentino and Jenny Vásquez,” the report. it continued. He told the network that he grew up in Forty Acres, the historic Delano complex where the UFW began nearly six decades ago. “Unbeknownst to me, I’ve been fighting the good fight since I was a kid.”

Paul Chávez, president of the César E. Chávez Foundation, was also among the protesters. “The thing about a pilgrimage is that it takes a lot of sacrifice,” he said The Fresno Bee. “I think you can touch people’s hearts in a way that you can’t with texts, or even with speech.”

And hearts were absolutely being touched in the hours leading up to the procession. UFW he tweeted than community member Jackie Madera, had delivered packages of bottled water to their offices. Another community member, Kimberly, had seen social media posts about the march and rushed to hand out snacks, UFW continued. Although he couldn’t march either, Internet sensation and well-known labor ally Jorts the cat also cheered on the protesters.

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The local community continues to show their support for farm workers & their March for the Governor's Signature. Jackie from Madera just came by our office to donate three 40 packs of water for the marchers as they march forward to deliver a strong message to Gov. Newsom #AB2183 pic.twitter.com/ESeo2th4XA

— United Farm Workers (@UFWupdates) August 4, 2022

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Kimberly saw our posts on social media about farm worker's "March for the Governor's Signature" and wanted to help. She found the marchers along the route and provided protein bars, water and electrolyte drinks for the marchers. Viva La Causa! #AB2183 pic.twitter.com/cVAyjkV4BF

— United Farm Workers (@UFWupdates) August 4, 2022

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“I will make a great sacrifice to leave in high temperatures,” said mushroom picker Jaime Rodríguez. He noted that he will lose wages in his effort to convince Gov. Gavin Newsom to support it the Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Act, would give farmworkers more choices about how they can vote in union elections, including by mail. Newsom vetoed a version of the bill last year.

“I hope Governor Newson takes note of what we are doing to help other farmworkers have union representation and a law so they can vote for a union without fear or intimidation from business,” Rodriguez continued.

UFW said marchers began their day at 7 a.m. Friday in Porterville and will travel through cities including Merced, Turlock, Modesto, Stockton, Lodi and finally Sacramento, where about 5,000 supporters are expected, according to the political organizer of the UFW. said Camilla Rivera The Gazette of the Sun. “Community members and organizations in each village will provide key support: a morning blessing as the marchers leave; organizing residents to participate and help; providing food, water and more for protesters,” UFW said

For those looking to support the marchers, organizers said donations of electrolyte powder and sports drinks would be appreciated. The UFW has a main page with information on how to join the marchers, a full list of cities that will be visited, a petition link asking the governor to support the bill, and other donation information.

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