RFK Jr., farm workers, national faith leaders in human billboard
Protesting Trump pledge to deport most U.S. farm workers—2:45 p.m. Friday at Fresno federal bldg.
Fresno, Calif.—Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez join Gerawan Farming Inc. farm workers, national faith leaders, and UFW Foundation representatives in forming a human billboard line Friday at 2:45 p.m. outside the Robert E. Coyle Federal Building in downtown Fresno to protest President Trump’s oft-repeated pledge to deport some 11 million undocumented residents in the U.S., including most of the nation’s farm labor work force. Environmental attorney Kennedy is a son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
U.S. Department of Labor surveys show the majority of U.S. farm workers are undocumented: https://www.doleta.gov/agworker/report9/chapter1.cfm Demonstrators will hold up signs asking Trump who will feed America if he deports undocumented farm workers. Other signs will ask who will feed the guests at Trump hotels and golf courses—and who will feed the new chief executive himself.
Bill boarders will include workers from Gerawan Farming. Many big growers supported Trump’s campaign. The Gerawan workers will sport signs calling on company owner Dan Gerawan to reject Trump’s threat to deport many of them. A growing number of communities and institutions are declaring themselves sanctuaries for the undocumented.
Also there will be National Farm Worker Ministry board members meeting in Fresno. The 97-year old organization aids farm workers organizing for justice and empowerment across the country. See: http://nfwm.org UFW Foundation provides extensive advocacy and services aiding farm workers with citizenship and immigration issues.
Who: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez, Gerawan farm workers, national faith leaders and UFW Foundation representatives.
What: Human billboard line protesting Trump pledge to deport most U.S. farm workers.
When: 2:45 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.
Where: Robert E. Coyle Federal Building, 2500 Tulare St., Fresno, CA 93721.