In English.

VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL

Dear Madrinas, Padrinos and Friends,

Together we can build and strengthen our coalitions in this time of emergency and enhance our ongoing efforts towards ensuring human rights are met for all, along with a greater sense of public safety for all.

Please read the urgent message we sent to California Public Officials on April 1st, 2020 with eight specific concerns and recommendations as follow-up to the conversations we’ve had with farmworkers.

Thank you to those that cosigned by the original deadline – the delivered letter is below and available for download. Thank you to all who continue signing – we understand these concerns will change and grow in the coming weeks and we are committed to keeping them updated. Please do continue to sign below.

Esteemed worker: feel proud. Always essential.

Hear some of the testimonials from farmworkers that made this letter possible HERE.

Supporting organizations:

Supporting individuals:

  • Abigail Ramirez, Latino Coalition for a Healthier California
  • Adam Vega, Ventura County Coalition Advocating for Pesticide Safety (VC-CAPS)
  • Adelita Michelle Medina, Fund Development Manager, Alianza Nacional Campesinas
  • Alejandra Fuerte, Grupo Amor/Rural Coalition, Group President
  • Alejandro, Bakersfield Community Member
  • Albertina Zarazúa Padilla, Co-Founder and Workshop Facilitator, MiHistoria.Net
  • Amanda ServinAnaline Guerrero
  • Amparo Cid, Partner, Cid and Macedo, Inc.
  • Andrew J. Medellín, Alcalde, Cuidad de Madera
  • Ana Padilla, Empower.Vote/Community And Labor Center UC Merced
  • Ana S. Byerly, Bilingual Consultant, Buenos Días Business & Education Services
  • Anita R. Warner, Pastor, Advent Lutheran Church
  • Anne Irvine, Resident Physician, Natividad Family Medicine Residency
  • Anna M. Velazquez, Soledad City Councilmember
  • Antonio Ramírez Aguilar
  • Arcenio J. Lopez, Executive Director, MICOP
  • Arturo, Community Member
  • Audelia Garcia Cervantes, Board President, Lideres Campesinas
  • Beatriz, Mujeres Divinas
  • Bertha Trujillo, Community Member
  • Beth Spitler
  • Betzy Chavez, Education Specialist, Hanna Institute
  • Brenda Beal
  • Carlos Escobedo, Miembro de la Comunidad
  • Carmen Cuevas
  • Carmen Obeso, Volunteer Member, Lideres Campesinas, UFW
  • Carmen Ramirez, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Oxnard
  • Carole Holomuzki
  • Catarino Reyes
  • Celeste Flores, Co-Chair, Clean Power Lake County
  • Christy Gilbert Holstege, Mayor, Pro Term, City of Palm Springs
  • Claire Woodard, Farmer
  • Clarita Hidalgo de Portillo, President, Mariposa Con Propósito
  • Claudia Caceres, CEO, Tu Tiempo Digital Inc
  • Claudia Gálvez, Madrina
  • Claudia Isarraraz, Board Member, Greenfield Committee, Lideres Campesinas
  • Cristina Mendez
  • Cynthia Salas, District Director, Ventura County LULAC District 17
  • Dixie Hanson, Board Member, Lutheran Office of Public Policy/California
  • Ed Flores, Professor, UC Merced
  • Ed Kissam, WKF Giving Fund
  • Eder Gaona-Macedo, Executive Director, Future Leaders of America
  • Eduardo Castro, Journey for Justice
  • Elissa Davalos
  • Ellen Kolarik, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, Social Justice Co Chair
  • Elizabeth Ayala
  • Elizabeth Oseguera
  • Elvia Rodriguez
  • Emmanuel Saavedra
  • Enedina Vera, Outreach and Recruitment, SRJC High School Equivalency Program
  • Esmeralda Cardenas
  • Gabriela Martinez, City Councilmember, Arvin, Kern County
  • Genoveva Islas, Founder and CEO, Cultiva la Salud
  • Gema, Community Member
  • Gilberto, Estacador, Strawberry
  • Giselle Perry, School Counselor
  • Gloria Meneses-Sandoval, CA Central Valley Journey for Justice
  • Gloria Soto, Santa Maria Council Woman
  • Guadalupe Reyes Juarez
  • Heather Vaikona, Lift to Rise, President & CEO
  • Héctor Plascencia, Immigrant Health Advocate
  • Henry Ortiz, Founder, Trauma with a Traumatized Perspective
  • Ingrid Archibald
  • Irene de Barraicua, Public Relations Manager, Lideres Campesinas
  • Ivette Chaidez
  • Ivette Peralta
  • Ismael Paredes Ulloa, Board Member, Future Leaders of America
  • Jamie McConnell, Director of Programs and Policy, Women’s Voices for the Earth
  • Jasmene del Aguila, Policy Advocate, Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability
  • Javier H. Lopez, Director of Community Relations, Coachella Valley Housing Coalition
  • Jacqueline Kemp, Collaborator in early childhood research
  • Jacqueline McDonald
  • Jane Sellen and Sarah Aird, Co-Directors, Californians for Pesticide Reform
  • Jennifer Gray Thompson, Executive Director, Rebuild North Bay
  • Jessica Maxwell, Executive Director, Workers Center of Central NY
  • JKSchenner, Berkeley University of California
  • JoAnn K Intili, WKF Giving Fund
  • Joan Normington
  • José Cuestas
  • José Juan Gamino Lopez, Tractorista
  • Jose Luis Pino, President, LULAC of Conejo Valley
  • Juan M. Partida, President Local Council, LULAC Simi Valley
  • Juan Vargas, Chair, North County Immigrant Task Force
  • Judith Robinson, Executive Director, Coming Clean
  • Kara and Ricardo Reyes
  • Karina Orocio
  • Kathleen Kilpatrick, SASS Member, Retired School Nurse, PVUSD
  • Katherine Schaff
  • Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez, Executive Director, MESA
  • Laura Espinosa, Former Santa Paula City Council Woman
  • Laurie Coyle, Public Television Producer
  • Leslie Osorio, Director, Health Initiative of the Americas
  • Liliana Cardenas, City Council Member, Guadalupe
  • Linnea Beckett, Assistant Adjunct Professor, UC Santa Cruz
  • Lisa Brophy
  • Lisa Herlocker
  • Lizeth P., Community Member
  • Loretta Carpio Carr
  • Lorette Picciano, Executive Director, Rural Coalition
  • Lou Vigorita
  • Lucas Zucker, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE)
  • Luz Gallegos, TODEC Legal Center
  • Luz Tellez
  • Malaika Bishop, Co-Director, Sierra Harvest
  • Manuel Barajas, Taskforce Chair for CRISJ, Professor of Sociology, Sacramento State
  • Marcela Soto
  • Marcelino Aguilar, CNA
  • Marco E. Lopez-Quezada, Former General Counsel UFW
  • Maria de Luna, National Policy & Advocacy Coord., Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
  • Maria Ramos Bracamontes
  • Maria Valadez, FGH LLC
  • Maribel Núñez, Executive Director, California Partnership
  • Maricarmen Reyes, SVCHC Outreach & Event Coordinator, HEP Tutor, Secretary-Lideres Campesinas Sonoma-Napa
  • Marnie L. Navarro, Executive Director, Raíces Cultura
  • Maricela Ojeda Sanchez
  • Mary Kay Benson, Steering Council Manager, 350 Butte County
  • Mauricio Caceres, Fair Trade USA
  • Melissa L. Curtin, Ally
  • Michele Alba
  • Mishwa Lee, Leadership Team, Northridge Coop Homes Community Garden
  • Mónica Mares, Latino Coalition for a Healthier California
  • Nelson Rabell González, Associate Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church
  • Nataly, Santa Maria
  • Nelson Rabell González, Associate Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church
  • Nick Dalton, Co-Director, Hanna Institute
  • Nicole Newell, Hunger Advocacy Fellow,  Lutheran Office of Public Policy – California
  • Noris Binet, Director, Women on the Inner Journey
  • Olga Lidia Medina, Comite de Ventura, Lideres Campesinas
  • Olivia Rodriguez
  • Paul Rogers
  • Perla Ventura
  • Rebecca Rouse
  • Rena Pezzuto
  • Renata Brillinger, Exec. Director, California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN)
  • Rev. Dr. Curran Reichert, Pastor, First Congregational Church Sonoma
  • Reyna Castellanos, President, Lingüística Interpreting & Translation
  • Richard De León, Community Engagement/Research Coordinator, Hanna Institute
  • Roberto Hernandez, Farmworker, Strawberry
  • Rolando Perez
  • Rosa Flores, Latino Coalition for a Healthier California
  • Rosario Reyes, Community Member
  • Rosie Ornelas
  • Ruth Ibarra, Co-Founder, Nor-Cal Resist
  • Ryan Sinclair, Associate Professor, Loma Linda University School of Public Health
  • Sabina Rafaela, Representante del Comité Sonoma/Napa, Lideres Campesinas
  • Sarait Martinez, Reforma de pesticidas (Pesticide Reform)
  • Sarait Martinez, Organizing Director, Safe Ag Safe Schools
  • Sergio Carranza, Executive Director, Pueblo Unido CDC
  • Sharra Lou
  • Silvia Garcia, Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP)
  • Silvia Paz, Executive Director, Alianza Coachella Valley
  • Sonia Kroth
  • Steven A. Hernandez, Mayor, City of Coachella
  • Sujey De La Trinidad, Health Center Manager, La Clínica FreSalud Oxnard
  • Tania Pacheco-Werner
  • Tatiana, Concerned Citizen
  • Tipu Khan, Physician
  • Vanessa Hernandez, Oxnard Community Member
  • Vanessa Moreno, Coachella Program Coordinator, COFEM
  • Vernon Holmes, Social Justice Committee, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation
  • Verónica Pérez, Board Member, Northern Kern Committee, Lideres Campesinas
  • Woody Rehanek, Watsonville Member, Safe Ag Safe Schools
  • Xavier Morales, Executive Director, The Praxis Project
  • Xiomara Diaz, Community Leader, Poder Popular of Vista California

This is an effort resulting from conversations with farmworkers made possible through our network. Your support can help see these needs met. Please enter your information in solidarity.

Made possible thanks to the conversations with farmworkers and supporting partners, for sharing their ideas courageously and continuously. This letter is an effort of Organización en California de Lideres Campesinas, but it recognizes and supports all doing this work. Find out more about Lideres Campesinas on our website and on social media.

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