August 23, 2002

Lawmakers meet with fasting farm workers

Ten legislators meet with fasting farm workers Thursday at a makeshift vigil on the state Capitol’s north steps and then joined the eighth leg of the 150-mile, 10-day “March for the Governor’s Signature” as it nears Walnut Grove.

Participating was state Sens. Richard Alarcon (D-Van Nuys), Debra Bowen (D-Redondo Beach), Liz Figueroa (D-Fremont), Betty Karnette (D-Long Beach), Sheila Kuehl (D-Los Angeles), Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles), Gloria Romero (D-Monterey Park) and Nell Soto (D-Ontario) plus Assemblymembers Manny Diaz (D-San Jose) and Carl Washington (D-Compton).

The march, fasts and vigils are part of a United Farm Workers campaign urging Gov. Gray Davis to sign SB 1736, the UFW-sponsored bill granting farm workers mediation and arbitration to win union contracts when growers drag out negotiations.

Meanwhile, march organizers released details for remaining days of the The Merced-to-Sacramento trek—led by UFW President Arturo Rodriguez and union co-founder Dolores Huerta—concludes with a Capitol rally on Sunday, Aug. 25.

Friday, Aug. 23, 2002-Walnut Grove to South Sacramento 7 a.m. mass, 7:30 a.m. march starts, both at Dr. Paul Barnes Community Park, Theatre St. and Grove in Walnut Grove. 6 p.m. rally (contact UFW for location)

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002—South Sacramento to Cesar Chavez Plaza 7 a.m. mass, 7:30 a.m. march starts (contact UFW for location) 6 p.m. rally at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 10th & “I” streets in downtown Sacramento.

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002—Cesar Chavez Plaza to state Capitol 10 a.m. march starts at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 10th & “I” streets in downtown Sacramento. 12 noon rally at state Capitol north steps.

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