Friday, June 13, 2008

Sign the UFW's online condolence card.

Dear USMWF Families,

I thought you might want to sign the UFW's the online condolence card.

17-year-old Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez tragically died due to heat stroke while laboring in a Stockton area vineyard.

To date no one from the companies involved has had the decency to express condolences to Maria's family--not the farm labor contractor, not the company who owns the field where Maria labored, nor the wine distributor. There have been no letters, no one showed up at the funeral--nothing. The only reaction they had was to try to shift part of the blame of Maria's death onto her fiance, Florentino.

We want to let Maria's family know that people from all over North America care about this tragedy--that people from all walks of life and of all backgrounds recognize the value of Maria's life and death.

Please tell the family that you share the sorrow of Maria's death and pledge to do what you can, so other farm worker families do not have to endure the same agony.

It is very easy to participate. The UFW has put together a simple sign-on condolence letter that they will give to Maria's mother Jovita and the rest of her family.

You can sign the card by adding your name and the city and state where you live to the online card here.

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