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I'll try to make this short.  Stephen Colbert has made the media focus on the plight of farmworkers who are abused because they have no rights, and done this better than anyone else for a really long time.  You've probably seen his testimony delivered "in character":

In fact, as Dave Dayen has pointed out (BTW, hats off to DD for being all over this story) the most powerful testimony was at the end of the hearing, when answering the questions of Representative Judy Chu of California.

Some concern trolls in the media - including some who you'd think would know better - are suggesting that what Zoe Lofgren has done by bringing Colbert to testify "in character" in Congress - and his involvement in the Take My Job effort by the United Farm Workers in the first place - has been a setback to the effort to help the farmworkers.  

I don't know about you, but Colbert's attention to this (and his serious answer to Rep. Chu why he was involved in this issue) has moved me enough to see what I could do to help.  Perhaps you all have some better ideas, but here are the ones that occur to me:

#1 - Sign the UFW pledge to support the AgJobs bill (HR 2414), which is expected to allow current undocumented farm workers already in the United States a path to earn legal status.

#2 - Figure out if your representative in the House is a co-sponsor, and ask them to become one if they are not.  (For example, my representative Jane Harman is not currently one of the 63 co-sponsors)

#3 - Give a little money to the UFW to help them support migrant farm workers.  And if you have your donation end in $.01, they will know that it's a donation inspired by Colbert.  

#4 - any suggestions?  

Originally posted to PeteB2 on Sat Sep 25, 2010 at 05:15 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  In a celebrity-driven culture, (1+ / 0-)
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    Wild Starchild

    I think the idea to have him come testify was awesome.  

    Plus, he actually got out there and participated, which gets major, major props from me ... and you could tell it really did affect him.

    I get paid Tuesday; I'll be donating then.  Thanks for the link!  

    If you want to fight and die for my right to sit here and bitch, sleep with whomever you want.

    by talismanlangley on Sat Sep 25, 2010 at 05:55:56 PM PDT

  •  Frankly, after watching the whole thing (0+ / 0-)

    I want to give money to anybody trying Dr. Swain's suggestions.  She seemed like the most sensible person there by far.

    I especially like the idea of throwing employers in jail if they break the law.

  •  It's a shame this final comment wasn't reported.. (1+ / 0-)
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    dougymi

    as I wrote about in this diary last night, with some additional observations.

    His first five minutes in character, was actually somewhat unfortunate.  It muddied his message.

    There was another serious observation that he made about an hour and a half into the hearing.  Someone should dig this out and put on Youtube.

  •  Colbert is my hero. ... (0+ / 0-)

    Through his humor he speaks the truth.  

    I think his speech to at the White House The Correspondents Dinner, where he rightfully roasted President Bush in his presence, is one of the bravest (and funniest) acts I have ever seen.  I don't think it got near the coverage it deserved.  It took balls the size of small planets, IMHO.  

    I need no proof that he is helping the cause in this case too.  It is natural that  the mainstream-media might wants to minimize his impact.  He is their main competition.  Furthermore, he speaks the truth!

    Under "#4 - any suggestions", I suggest:
    Write a diary spreading the word (you know - the Gospel according to Colbert) and encouraging others to enjoy and reflect upon his observations (and perhaps even take action based on their new found convictions)

    Oh wait...never mind - Good Job!

    I think the more Colbert is watched, the better this country will be.  Plus, he is way funny and smart!

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