Farmworkers Gather in 13 California Cities to Ask Why Governor Newsom Won’t Meet With Them on Cesar Chavez Day – UFW

“Why doesn’t Governor Gavin Newsom meet on Cesar Chavez Day with elected farmworker leaders on a vital issue that directly impacts their lives?” asks United Farm Workers President Teresa Romero. This issue brings together farmworkers to lobby the governor of 13 rural and urban California cities on March 31, along with union leaders, elected officials and a wide range of supporters.

These humane billboards of the farmworker movement and other group actions are happening simultaneously throughout the day across the state, from Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco to rural communities on the Central Coast and in the Central, Coachella and Imperial Valleys.

All actions call on Governor Newsom to support AB 2183, the Agriculture Labor Relations Voting Choice Act (Assemblymember Stone). The bill, reintroduced this year with more than 50 legislative co-sponsors, would provide more choice in how farmworkers can vote in union elections. A similar measure passed the Legislative Assembly, but was abruptly vetoed by Governor Newsom last September.

“Agricultural workers feed the nation, but we are deprived of the basic rights that other workers enjoy. We deserve to vote where we don’t have supervisors and contractors pressuring us,” says winery worker Vianey Enriquez. “It’s impossible to have free choice when you have the supervisor who threatened to fire anyone who voted for the union who fixes you.”

See below for a list of times, locations and events for the 13 rallies by farmworkers and Supporters.

Town Location Time
Bakersfield 3400 21st Bakersfield Street, CA 93301 10:00 a.m.
Berkeley UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza (near 2495 Bancroft Way) Berkeley, CA 94704 1:00 p.m.
Calexic 313W 2n/a St. Calexico, CA 92231 12:00 p.m.
Coachella Cesar Chavez & Avenue 50and Street 92236 12:00 p.m.
Fresno 1435 Fresno Street, Fresno CA 93707 09:00
Los Angeles Cesar Chavez Blvd & Alameda St, by Olvera St Los Angeles, CA 90012 4:00 p.m.
LA @UCLA UCLA Bruin Walk, 308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095 10:00 a.m.
Modest Hatch and Highway 99, 95351 2:00 p.m.
Sacramento Corner of 10and & N Streets (southwest corner of Capitol Park), Sacramento 95814 09:00
Salinas 142 West Alisal Street Salinas, CA 93901 12:00 p.m.
San Diego Cesar Chavez Prkwy & Logan St San Diego, 92113 1:00 p.m.
San Francisco Cesar Chavez & Mission Street San Francisco 94110 12:00 p.m.
San Jose Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 1 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 9:30 a.m.


Bernard P. Love