By Duane E. Campbell
On March 31, 2015, Eleven states and numerous cities will hold holidays celebrating labor and Latino Leader Cesar Chavez. Conferences, marches and celebrations will occur in numerous cities this weekend. See the prior post on the UCD conference. A recent film Cesar Chavez: An American Hero, starring Michael Peña as Cesar Chavez and Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta presents important parts of this story and shows how Chavez was lied about and attacked by Ronald Reagan, the Nixon Administration, the Republican Party and numerous right wing forces.
Meanwhile, in March of 2015 hundreds of farmworkers have walked off their jobs in Baja California, Mexico, from the agricultural fields just a few miles from the U.S. border , fields developed to provide a harvest to the U.S. markets. Farm labor strikes and violence against strikers remains a volatile issue. Farm workers deserve dignity, respect, and fair wages. Achieving these goals will require a union. http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-baja-farmworkers-20150325-story.html
The current UFW leadership, as well as former UFW leaders and current DSA Honorary Chairs Eliseo Medina and Dolores Huerta are recognized leaders in the ongoing efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform in the nation.
On immigration, UFW President Arturo Rodriquez says, “We urge Republicans to abandon their political games that hurt millions of hard-working, taxpaying immigrants and their families, and help us finish the job by passing legislation such as the comprehensive reform bill that was approved by the Senate on a bipartisan vote in June 2013,”