Check out the inspiring support of California farm workers on TikTok

The people who pick your vegetables and harvest your fruit should vote to unionize without fear — and they want California’s governor to know. This month, members of the United Farm Workers walked for 24 days, and their grueling 355-mile walk in 100-degree weather was documented on TikTok and Instagram.

Their destination was the state Capitol building in Sacramento, where they are protesting to get California Governor Gavin Newsom to sign a bill that would give them the right to vote on a union through the ballot. Bill AB 2183 has passed through the state legislature since Aug. 29 and is awaiting a signature from Newsom. The United Farm Workers said the bill would end employer coercion and intimidation and allow farm workers to organize effectively.

Newsom was he refused to sign version of the bill in September 2021, citing “inconsistencies and various practices related to the collection and review of voter cards.”

Perhaps his opposition to this bill has something to do with the $14.5 million winery he just bought.

Farm workers have always been the most vulnerable group, due to the uncertainty of migration. According to KQED, there are nearly half a million farm workers in California alone. Their work involves hard work, without protection from pesticides, heat, or dust. Some of them require him to kneel down for a long time, which causes serious illness. This is often the only work that undocumented workers can find, and their wages often depend on the amount of produce they can harvest in a day.

After Newsom declined meetings with elected officials to discuss the bill on Cesar Chavez Day (Mar 31), the United Farm Workers. announced the march. 355 miles follow the path that Cesar Chavez walked in 1966 when he brought the demands of labor rights and safety to Sacramento. Chavez founded the United Farm Workers in 1962.

This year’s tour started in Delano, California on Aug. 3 and ended at the Capitol 24 days later, on Aug. 26. Along the way, many expressions of support were captured on social media by Flor Martinez, a protester and founder of agricultural workers. -Focused nonprofit Celebration Nation. Here are some of the most touching interactions:

UPS employees

Construction workers

Andres Chavez (grandson of Cesar Chavez) and Martin Luther King III

This sweet man, handing out hand-cut oranges

Families in the towns they passed through

Firefighters

Students from the UC Davis School of Medicine

School children

It’s much, much more

You can support the United Farm Workers by learning more about their work or donating to them at ufw.org.

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