Farmworkers, Supporters Take Trump Resistance To Trump Country

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Tens of thousands of farm workers will lead the resistance to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies by staging marches and events organized by the United Farm Workers and other farm worker organizations around Cesar Chavez’s March 31 birthday in 11 mostly rural communities—most of which backed Trump—across California, Texas, Washington state and Oregon. Most take place on Sunday, April 2, when farm workers have the day off.

Rural and agricultural counties voted heavily for Trump during last year’s presidential election. But field laborers whose toil supplies fresh fruits and vegetables to America and much of the world will be marching against the Trump immigration agenda carrying “We feed you” banners and signs in California’s Central Valley and Central Coast, South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and Washington state’s Yakima Valley.

Farm workers who are undocumented or have family members without legal papers express genuine fear over Trump plans to target all undocumented immigrants for deportation. Yet thousands of them will nevertheless mobilize to resist threats from the new administration and stand up for themselves while marking what would have been the iconic farm labor and civil rights leader’s 90th birthday.

The Salem, Ore. event is being organized by PCUN, the Oregon farm workers union. LUPE, the community union of South Texas, is organizing the march in San Juan, Texas.

Farm worker-organized marches are set for Sunday, April 2 in Madera, Delano, Livingston, Salinas, Santa Rosa, Oxnard and Coachella, Calif., and Sunnyside, Wash.; on Saturday, April 1 in San Juan, Texas and Calexico, Calif.; and on Friday, March 31 in Salem, Ore.

Salem, Ore., 12 noon, March 31 at State Capitol, 900 Court St., N.E., Salem, OR 97301

San Juan, Texas, 10 a.m., Saturday April 1 at San Juan Municipal Park, 506 U.S. 83, San Juan, TX 78589

Calexico, Calif., 10 a.m., Saturday, April 1 at 221 W. Second St., Calexico, CA 92231

Madera, Calif., 11 a.m., Sunday, April 2 at Centennial Park, 701 E. 5th St., Madera, CA 93638

Delano, Calif., 11:30 a.m., Sunday, April 2 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1015 Clinton St., Delano, CA 93215

Livingston, Calif., 12 noon, Sunday, April 2 at St.. Judas Thaddeus Catholic Church, 330 Franci St., Livingston, CA 95334

Salinas, Calif., 10 a.m., Sunday, April 2 at Cesar Chavez Community Park, 250 No. Madeira Ave., Salinas, CA 93905

Santa Rosa, Calif., 10 a.m., Sunday, April 2 at Roseland Village Shopping Center, 555 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Oxnard, Calif., 10 a.m., Sunday, April 2 at Bust of Cesar Chavez in La Colonia, 170 No. Juanita Ave., Oxnard, CA 93030

Coachella, Calif., 10 a.m., Sunday, April 2 at Harrison St. and Ave. 50, Coachella, CA 92236

Sunnyside, Wash., 1:30 p.m., Sunday, April 2 at Central Park, 559 So. 4th St., Sunnyside, WA 98944

  • DHFabian

    To get a broader perspective, we must note that outside of California, the majority of poor farm workers are not Hispanic. In the north, they are largely white, and as I understand it, largely black in the south.

    I was a (northern) farm worker for years. Those in the north are less likely to migrate, usually living on the farm. Today, interest in voting is small, since we know that neither of the major parties will improve conditions for low-wage and poor people. Efforts to organize in this region have been marginal. Workers fear losing what little they have, knowing there’s nothing to fall back on. In the 1970s and 1980s, many left for the cities, looking for better-paying factory jobs. Those jobs are gone now. Farm workers out here in the broader country feel little (if any) connection with California’s organized farm workers.

  • rgaura

    I used to teach ESL in a small town in southern AZ. I still remember some of my students, who lived in shacks way out of town, worked for next to nothing in impossible heat and wind. One middle aged woman used to sneak across the border to care for her aged mother. Eventually, the migra staked out our classes, and my students were afraid to come to class. Then they closed the program entirely! Every so often a family would burn to death in a trailer, trying to heat it in the bitter cold. This is America, folks!