In honor and commemoration of Cesar Chavez’s birthday on March 31, we delivered a national petition with over 21,000 signatures to the Environmental Protection Agency demanding that the agency not delay any longer in issuing a stronger Worker Protection Standard (WPS) to better protect farmworkers from occupational exposure to pesticides.
Thanks to Pesticide Action Network and United Farm Workers for hosting the online petition, and thanks to Farmworker Justice, Earthjustice, and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), for delivering the petition to the EPA and for representing the other organizations in the coalition who could not be in D.C. in person.
L to R: Hector Sanchez from Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, Bruce Goldstein from FarmworkerJustice , Andrea Delgado from Earthjustice , Jorge Ramos from Labor Council for Latin American Advancement , and Chelly Richards from Farmworker Justice.
In 1988, Cesar Chavez fasted for 36 days to bring awareness to the health impacts on farmworkers from exposure to toxic chemical pesticides. Twenty-seven years later, the struggle for health and safety of farmworkers continues, even as increasing scientific studies link pesticide exposure to a host of health and environmental problems.
Twenty-seven years is too long! Every day that the EPA delays in issuing stronger WPS protections, farmworkers’ health and lives are put at unnecessary risk. Protecting farmworkers is the right thing to do. This week, the EPA heard that message loud and clear!
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