Update from UFW President re Colbert & Take our Jobs
September 25, 2010
Dear UFW Supporter,
On Friday, I was in Washington, D.C. presenting testimony at a House immigration subcommittee hearing side by side with comedian and satirist Stephen Colbert, farm workers, grower representatives and other allies of the United Farm Workers-sponsored AgJOBS immigration reform bill. The room was packed to overflowing and there were reporters and news crews from everywhere covering our presentations. Stephen Colbert was amazing and so were the farm workers and their supporters. This was an awesome day for farm workers.
Finally, they are getting the recognition they deserve for all the hard work they perform day in and day out. We all need to take responsibility for changing the lives of farm workers and their families. It was an amazing day that brought the immigrant farm workers' experience to light through nearly 1,000 news stories from across America. Stephen Colbert makes a vital contribution for progressives in our country through the use of satire by exposing the hypocrisy of those who trade in ignorance and prejudice.
"...It seems like [some] of the least powerful people in the United States are migrant workers who come and do our work but don't have any rights as a result. But yet we still invite them to come here and at the same time ask them to leave...Migrant workers suffer and have no rights."