RFK Jr., Hillary Clinton to Address United Farm Workers Convention

22 08 2008

Robert Kennedy championed the United Farm Workers cause back in 1968.

This weekend may stir some memories for our California readers: Robert Kennedy championed the United Farm Workers' cause back in 1968.

BOBBY AND HILLARY AT UFW CONVENTION THIS WEEKEND

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and Robert Kennedy Jr. will speak in Fresno this weekend at the United Farm Workers of America’s 18th Constitutional Convention.

Kennedy will speak on behalf of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Fresno Convention Center.

On Sunday, Clinton will address the convention at 2 p.m. The convention will focus on the union’s campaign for the AgJobs bill, a bi-partisan measure that would allow undocumented workers to earn legal status in the United States. Obama and Clinton are co-authors of the legislative measure negotiated between the UFW and the agriculture industry.

Former Assembly speaker Fabian Núñez, author of the UFW-sponsored bill, will premiere “California’s Harvest of Shame,” a 20-minute documentary he produced in the Central Valley. The film focuses on the failure to enforce state laws and regulations that protect farmworkers. For more information, go to www.ufw.org

Bobby then heads for Denver, where a special tribute to his ailing uncle, Senator Edward Kennedy, is planned for Monday night. Senator Clinton will headline the convention speakers Tuesday night.

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22 08 2008
Jody V

Obama ,, new house add against McCain said he would not do a campaign like this,,but like everything else he does, like Rezko, flip flopping Rev Wright, or Obama Energy plan Tired guage, Of course he going to run ans start making crap up so He don’t have to deal with REal issues ,,, He Says now when it comes down to debats, he does horrible his numbers go down He going to Not Debates now,, He tired of have Americans Knowiing how inexperience he Really is

22 08 2008
Virginia Harris

I’m thrilled that Senator Clinton is speaking at this convention.

She has a powerful voice and her advocacy can only mean good things for the workers.

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23 08 2008
chrisy58

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I am really looking forward to the convention.

24 08 2008
Tracy McKeon

I took my two teenage daughters and my youngest daughter’s best friend to the UFW conference to see Robert Kennedy, Jr. and experience the thrill of solidarity. At first, they were dragging their feet, whining because after Hell Week at school (water polo and volleyball) they couldn’t sleep in. I used the time in the car to talk to them about the struggles of the farm workers and about their Grandma Fran, who walked partway with Chavez in 1975 on his 59-day trek to inform farm workers of new labor laws. I was 17 — the same age as my oldest daughter.

I talked to them about Robert Kennedy, Sr., and how awful that summer of 1968 was with the loss of first Martin and then Bobby. I drew a correlation between those times and these: The long, terrible war; the violations of civil rights;
the murders of farm workers organizing in the field; the beaten protesters and Kent State. My mother and my sisters were weary and wondering if we could ever effect “change.” But we did.

At the convention, two of my girls went into the bathroom and painted “hope” on their tummies — “H-O” and “P-E.” The convention itself was very small, and most of us had a chance to take pictures with Bobby, Jr. and shake his hand. My oldest daughter had him autograph her “Obama” sign. During his speech, all three girls were still as mice, mesmerized by his words and the spirit in the room. Bobby, Jr. has indeed inherited the gift of public speaking and dedication to his country. It was a wondrous experience for my daughters and me, and it did us all a world of good to be surrounded by people who believe what we believe. It lit a fire in those three teenagers, and I truly believe that fire will not be
extinguished — even in the Central Valley of California, surrounded by Republicans.

Three baby Democrats were born yesterday!

Tracy McKeon
Denair, CA

26 08 2008
New Frontier

Welcome Tracy and thanks for that great review of RFK Jr.’s keynote address to the UFW convention. We always encourage readers to send in their thoughts after hearing one of his speeches, and your insights were particularly moving.

If you want to send your pics, we’ll post `em on the site!
Just email us RFKin2008@cs.com

So glad you took the kids along and gave them a taste of America’s great past and hopefully, an even greater future.:)

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