“Community enthusiasm across the state is building around the march,” UFW said this week, with towns working to provide “food, water, cold drinks, shoes, and other supplies, plus housing. Nurses are tending to health needs. Supporters from near and far are turning out to hand out water, drinks, and food as the marchers pass by.”
UFW had noted earlier this week that when one community member noticed that a marcher’s shoes were literally falling apart, he took off his shoes and gave them to the man. As noted above by UFW, community members have rushed to support marchers with water, snacks, and words of encouragement. Some community members who collected donations for the procession also had decades-old ties to past union efforts, UFW shared.
In one video shared by UFW, a marcher said she was trekking to Sacramento (the march’s final destination) to urge the governor to give her the same rights as any other worker. Farmworkers and advocates had previously noted that the state’s popular vote-by-mail system helped him beat back a right-wing-led recall effort. ”The governor was voted in by people who voted by mail,” San Francisco Labor Council’s Kim Tavaglione previously told local CBS affiliate KPIX. “Farmworkers have never been allowed to vote by mail. Big Ag has always fought it.”
“The peregrinacion (pilgrimage) aims to convince Governor Gavin Newsom to sign AB 2183, the UFW’s Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Choice Act that would give more choices to farm workers so they can vote for a union free from intimidation,” UFW said. Click here for more information on the legislation and how you can directly support farmworkers as they continue this march for their workplace rights.
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