Roll over, Cesar Chavez, here comes Silvia Lopez.
Silvia Lopez is a quiet, thoughtful 15-year Gerawan Farming
employee, and the de facto leader of thousands of Central Valley
farm workers who have been protesting for nearly a year to oust the
United Farm Workers union from the farming company.
Seven hundred Gerawan farm workers took a day off without pay
and descended on Sacramento Wednesday to attend a meeting at the
Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Then they walked to the State
Capitol to meet Gov. Jerry Brown.
Six of the farm workers tried to ask Brown to intervene with the
ALRB to allow them to vote on whether to keep or oust the UFW from
“Jerry Brown, we want an election at Gerawan Farming,” Lopez said,
as she approached the governor’s office.
While waiting in the Capitol hallway outside, one of Brown’s
employees poked her head out and asked, “Are you guys with… Read More