Governor Brown introduces Latina farmworkers, past and future

As if shepherding the transition between the old and the new, California Governor Jerry Brown introduced UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta to the face of 21st century farmworkers: Silvia Lopez. At the festive Sacramento gala marking the 40th anniversary of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, Governor Brown recognized the 39 year-old Gerawan farmworker, calling her “the famous Silvia Lopez.” Brown posed with 85 year-old Huerta – a giant in the farmworker movement – and Lopez for what he must have sensed…

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Silas Shawver of the ALRB Jumps For The UFW!

Silas Shawver Jumps For The UFW

The Agricultural Labor Relations Board is an independent governing body that oversees relations between California Central Valley farmers and the United Farmworkers of America, the union that wants to represent them. The ALRB is supposed to be unbiased. But if that’s so, WHY is Silas Shawver, their regional director, seen here wearing a UFW tshirt? Is it a harmless mistake? Considering that Mr. Shawver is pushing to destroy ballots in the farmworker’s election to decertify the union, it’s more likely…

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