UFW & UFW Foundation: Congressional leaders should put Dream Act up for a vote and Trump should sign bipartisan compromise

United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez, who is also president of the UFW Foundation Executive Board, issued this statement following the partial shutdown of the federal government:


Jumping from continuing resolution to continuing resolution on the budget is not a solution for anyone from either side of the isle. Congress had the opportunity to get the job done. The fault lies entirely on those backing the anti-immigrant agenda of Donald Trump.  There is a bipartisan deal protecting Dreamers on the table. The farm worker movement demands congressional leaders put it up for a vote and that Donald Trump sign it. The Dream Act enjoys both bipartisan public support, and the support of the majority of Members of Congress needed to enact it.


Congress failed to come together in good faith to pass a permanent solution for immigrant youth, causing a government shutdown. Members of Congress refused to vote in favor of permanently protecting the Dreamers, forcing them to remain as prey for deportation. Since Donald Trump set the deadline for rescinding DACA last September, 15, 500 people have already lost their protections.


We urge Republicans to stop blocking the Dream Act. We urge Democrats to use their leverage over voting on the continuing resolution to pass permanent legislation protecting young undocumented immigrants. Delegations of immigrant youth organized by the UFW Foundation traveled cross-country, calling for urgent action and resistance on Capitol Hill and in the offices of 21st District California Rep. David Valadao. Valadao voted on Thursday night to fund a spending bill that would ultimately put DACA recipients at risk of deportation. Despite his wrong decision, we continue to underscore the need for Congress to do the right thing as soon as possible.


According to a new CBS News poll, almost nine in 10 respondents—87 percent—indicated support of legal protections for undocumented youth. Today’s deadline to pass the Dream Act was essential in ensuring immigration authorities have time to properly implement the law. There is no excuse for the failure to include a bipartisan Dream Act in the spending bill. Immigrant youth are now in danger and the urgency is real.


NEW Minimum Wage in CA , AZ & WA

The increase in the minimum wage:

CHANGED from 2017 to 2018 in...

  1. California -- $11/hour if at a company with 26 employees or more and $10.50/hour if working at company with 25 employees or less
  2. Arizona - $10.50/hour
  3. Washington State - $11.50/hour


In the year 2016, the Farm Worker Movement endorsed and fought for legislation in California and Washington State and the organized to pass the ballot proposition in Arizona that increased the minimum wage each year.  Si se puede!


SAME as last year in...

  1. Nevada - $8.25/hour (same as last year) or $7.25/hour if employer offers health care (same as last year)

A Vote for a Continuing Resolution without a Clean Dream Act is a Vote for Deportations, Congress needs to act this New Year


The farm worker movement is disappointed that the House of Representatives and the Senate couldn't end the year with the passage of a spending bill inclusive of a clean Dream Act. However, our efforts to pass a clean Dream Act continue as hopeful into the beginning of the year as more and more congress members are pledging a vote against a spending bill without a clean Dream Act. 


Congress will now go home for the holidays without voting on the Dream Act and taking protections for undocumented youth.  Each day, 122 young people who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program lose their protection from deportation; every week that number rises to 850 American undocumented youth whose lives are thrown into uncertainty.  Our youth cannot wait any longer, we are on the right side of history and we remain strong as we continue to increase intensity, presence and organizing until we have a clean Dream Act.

Thomas Fire: Information & Resources




 For Thomas Fire Recovery visit http://www.venturacountyrecovers.org

Updated 12/12/2017 - 7:30 AM (Updated Fire Summary)

The Thomas Fire is currently at 234,200 Acres with 20% Containment

Severe fire weather will continue to promote significant fire growth further into Santa Barbara County, threatening the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Montecito and Summerland.  In the north and east, active backing fire will move further into the Sespe Wilderness and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary.  Gusty offshore winds will continue to threaten structures in parts of Ventura, Ojai, Santa Paula, Casitas Springs, Fillmore, unincorporated areas of Ventura County, Murrieta Canyon and Matilija Canyon.  There is critical communication infrastructure on multiple peaks within the fire area that could affect public safety communications as well as cellular service.  Residents are urged to use caution while driving as fire equipment is still operating in the fire areas.

Casitas Municipal Water District has updated their boil water order. For the latest information go to https://www.casitaswater.org/ 
As of 12/7/17, the boil water order was lifted for certain parts of Ventura City. Please see the City of Ventura News Release for the updated map.
Air quality should be considered unhealthy in areas directly impacted by smoke, especially in the Ojai Valley and surrounding areas where air quality is extremely poor. For additional air quality information, visit vcapcd.org.
The County of Ventura, City of Santa Paula, City of Ojai and City of Ventura have all proclaimed a local emergency. California Governor Jerry Brown has issued a proclamation of a State of Emergency for Ventura County. The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared an emergency for Ventura County.

City of Ventura

The Curfew Order issued on 12/05/2017 has been amended for the City of VenturaThe Curfew has been lifted in all areas with the exception of the following areas:
  • North of Foothill Road between Kimball Road on the East and Day Road on the West. These neighborhoods include Clear Point, Skyline, Hidden Valley and Ondulando. 
The National Guard Military Police have been brought in to assist the Ventura Police Department in serving and protecting the City of Ventura. Due to the countywide emergency mutual aid resources are limited and have been exhausted. Allied Law Enforcement Agencies have been assisting the Ventura Police Department but they must return to serving their own jurisdictions. The National Guard will be assisting the Ventura Police with traffic closures in the impacted areas and assisting with residential escorts described above.

City of Santa Paula

There will be a town hall meeting on Monday, 12/11 at 7:00 PM at the Santa Paula Community Center, 530 West Main Street.


Ojai Area
All mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders have been lifted in the following Ojai Valley areas:
  • Meiners Oaks from Rice Road east, and all unincorporated areas east of the city limits to Reeves Road.
  • Upper Ojai Valley north of SR 150, east of Reeves Road, and west of Osborne Road(Lifted 12/11 at 12:15 PM)
  • East of Hwy 33, west of Foothill Road, north of Fairview Drive, south of Sheldon Canyon/Cozy Del Hiking Trailhead (Lifted 12/11 at 12:15 PM)
Residents should use caution when returning to their homes in the Ojai area as unstable and unidentified hazards may exist. Utility crews continue to identify and resolve safety concerns. Please be alert to downed power lines and report them to 911. Using generators to power residences is strongly discouraged as it can negatively impact utility repairs. 
City of Ventura (Updated 12/11 at 3:15 PM)
The mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders have been lifted for the City of Ventura with the exception of the areas north of Foothill Road from Day Road to Kimball Road.  
City of Santa Paula
All mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted in the City of Santa Paula, for the areas North of SR-126 from the West end of the City of Santa Paula East to Willard Rd and North to Bridge Rd.
Unincorporated Areas Between Ventura and Santa Paula
All mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted North of Foothill Rd. from the City of Santa Paula to Kimball Road in the City of Ventura.
Unincorporated Areas East and North of Santa Paula City Limits  (Updated 12/10 at 1:00 PM)
Mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted for the following areas:
• The unincorporated area East of Santa Paula Creek, North of HWY 126, West of Hall Rd, North to the Las Padres National Forest
• The unincorporated in the area on SR 150 North of Bridge Road to Thomas Aquinas College
SAFETY MESSAGE- The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation orders. Please drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the area. As you re-enter your property, be aware hazardous conditions may exist.



City of Ventura

  • North of Foothill Road from Day Road to Kimball Road

Entire Community of Casitas Springs

Ojai/Lake Casitas

  • Unincorporated areas west of Ventura River, north of SR 150, east of Casitas Ranger Station, south of Los Padres National Forest
  • Los Encinos Road to Burnham Road, South of SR 150, and the Lake Casitas Recreation Area south of SR 150

Unincorporated Ventura County Area

  • Residents and day visitors of Rose Valley

Ventura County North Coast Area

  • Boundary of Hwy 33 on the north to Casitas Vista Road, northwest to Hwy 150, Hwy 150 (Casitas Pass Road) west to US 101 and south on US 101 (including Pacific Coast Highway) to Emma Wood State Beach

Unincorporated area of Fillmore

  • The area of Hall Road to the west, Sespe Creek to the east, Fillmore City limits to the south, and Los Padres National Forest boundary to the north



  • Casitas Pass Road east to Highway 33, Spring Street to Loma Drive. (Includes Rice Road east to Loma Drive. Baldwin Road north to Besant Road)

Unincorporated area of Fillmore

  • Sespe Creek to the west, Burson Ranch to the east, Fillmore City limits to the south, and Los Padres National Forest boundary to the north.


Please call 866-EVRT911 (866-387-8911) for requests for assistance in animal evacuations.

Large animal evacuations at the Ventura County Fairgrounds - 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA


City of Ventura

  • Ventura County Fairgrounds (Red Cross - Includes an Animal Shelter for all types of animals)  – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA

City of Oxnard

  • Oxnard College Gymnasium - 4000 S. Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA 


  • Recreational Center (Includes an Animal Shelter for small animals - preferably in crates) 516 Ocean Road, Santa Barbara, CA

City of Ojai

In partnership with safety and government officials, the Red Cross has transitioned residents of the Nordhoff High School shelter in Ojai (1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai) to alternative shelters on Saturday, 12/9.

City of Santa Paula

The Red Cross Shelter in Santa Paula has been deactivated. A Community Distribution Center will open at the Santa Paula Community Center Tuesday December 12, 2017 – Saturday December 16, 2017 from 9AM-5PM to serve Santa Paula Residents impacted by the Thomas Fire. The City of Santa Paula has partnered with the Salvation Army to provide food, water & other items to local residents in need of assistance.

  • Santa Paula Community Center, 530 W Main St. Santa Paula CA

Evacuees with Access & Functional Needs

Residents with Access and Functional Needs are welcome at all Red Cross Shelters. If you have an access or functional need, please advise Red Cross staff when you register.

The American Red Cross in the Central California Region is raising money and providing volunteers in support of Thomas Fire relief and recovery efforts in Ventura County, CA.  Our local volunteers were immediately on the ground during the night of December 4, 2017, working into the morning to open three shelters for 600 residents.  Red Cross shelters provide for the immediate needs of those evacuated, including a safe place to stay, food (meals, snacks), water, showers, health services, emotional support, information, and other support resources for displaced individuals, families, pets, and livestock.  Impacted residents in Ventura County are welcome to stop by during the day for support services, even if they choose to spend the night elsewhere.



  • SR 150 (Casitas Pass Road) between Camp Chaffee Road(Ojai) and the 101
  • SR 150 at Santa Ana Road to Via Real

SR 33 is open from Ojai to Ventucopa. Please still be aware of fire crews working along the highway. SLOW DOWN for them. (12/11 at 5:30 PM)


  • North of Foothill Road between Day Road to Kimball Road


  • Old Telegraph Road at C Street
  • Old Telegraph Road at Keith Road
  • Grand Ave at Old Telegraph Road
  • Sycamore Road at SR 126
  • Hall Road at SR 126



N95 masks are being distributed free of charge to those residents and businesses impacted by the fire.


  • Santa Paula Community Center, 530 W Main St
  • Santa Paula Fire Department Station 82, 536 W Main St


  • Ventura County Fair – Red Cross Shelter, 10 W. Harbor Blvd
  • Beth Torah Temple, 7620 Foothill Road
  • Barranca Vista Center, 7050 Ralston Street
  • Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street
  • Hill Road Library, 1070 S. Hill Road
  • Saticoy Library, 1292 Los Angeles Avenue
  • Sanjon Yard, 336 Sanjon Road
  • City Hall, 501 Poli St. (entrance at back parking lot)
  • Academic Family Medicine Center, 3291 Loma Vista Road, Building 340, Suite 201
  • West Ventura Medical Clinic, 133 W Santa Clara St
  • Ventura County Health Care Agency, 5851 Thille St
  • Ventura County Health Care Agency, 2323 Knoll Dr # 414


  • Oxnard College Gymnasium – Red Cross Shelter, 4000 S Rose Ave
  • North Las Islas Family Medical Group, 2400 S C St
  • South Las Islas Family Medical Group, 2400 S C St
  • Ventura County Public Health-South, 2500 S C St
  • Ventura County Public Health-North, 2240 E Gonzales Rd
  • United Farm Workers, 920 South A St


  • Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Hwy
    **Look for the Red Cross vehicle**
  • Ojai City Hall, 401 South Ventura Street
  • Ojai Hospital, 1306 Maricopa Hwy


  • Fillmore Fire Department Station 91, 711 Sespe Place

**The use and distribution of n95 respirators is the sole responsibility of the individual and/or business issuing the equipment. Please review the attached guidelines published by the CDC on the proper donning/doffing of this equipment**


Southern California Edison has advised that there will be pockets of power outages in regions affected by the Thomas Fire as they assess damages and complete repairs. A map of current outages can be found here. If you see a downed power line, please call 911. If you have questions regarding your specific service from Southern California Edison, please call 800-611-1911.

SoCalGas reports that the fire has not caused any significant impacts to the system.  Customers should report gas leaks by calling 911 or 1-800-427-2200. For updated information, visit socalgas.com


Please see vcoe.org for all school closure updates 



Los Padres National Forest Closure Map 


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Nationwide participatory art project uplifting Dreamers comes to Bakersfield to underscore urgency of passing a clean Dream Act

UFW Foundation, immigration advocacy groups, local DREAMers participate in a pop-up press conference organized by the Emerson Collective to urge Rep. Valadao to pass Dream Act before the end of the year.


With repeal of DACA in September, tens of thousands  are already starting to lose their status & risk deportation. Hundreds of thousands more will face same risks early next year unless Congress acts now.


Inside Out/Dreamers will travel to Bakersfield as part of a nationwide participatory art initiative, the Inside Out Project, launched by award-winning artist JR, to create a portrait of America that includes immigrants and their descendants. During this stop, Inside Out/Dreamers will bring a photo-booth truck to the community so people can have their photos taken and use art as an expression of standing in solidarity with Dreamers. Afterwards, participants will caravan to Republican U.S. Rep. David Valadao’s district office for a human billboarding action using their self-portraits.


In the face of the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA, the Inside Out/Dreamers project will provide communities and local leaders with a unique platform to amplify their voices.


At Frameworks (1020 18th St.) at 10:30 a.m. on November 9, this pop-up news conference will kick off the Dream Act National Day of Action, showcase the art, bring people together, and urge Valadao to act on the Dream Act. Spokespersons will highlight, among other issues, how removing nearly 20,000 DACA and DACA-eligible individuals who currently reside in California’s 21st Congressional District would result in a $404.7 million estimated GDP loss for the district.


More information is below:


WHO: Leaders from the following organizations will participate:

  • UFW Foundation
  • Dolores Huerta Foundation
  • Faith in Kern
  • Youth2Leaders
  • Mi Familia Vota
  • CHIRLA- Central Valley

WHAT: Dream Act National Day of Action “Inside Out” news conference

WHERE: Frameworks, 1020 18th St. (adjacent to parking lot), Bakersfield, 93301

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

For More Information on the Action: mmejia@ufwfoundation.org  

Local DACA recipients, community members respond to Trump’s ‘heartless and immoral’ action rescinding DACA

Today in Bakersfield, Salinas & Fresno

Local DACA recipients, community members respond to

Trump’s ‘heartless and immoral’ action rescinding DACA

Responding today to President Trump’s “heartless and immoral” announcement of him rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be local DACA recipients, UFW Foundation, community members and their allies in Bakersfield, Fresno and Salinas.

UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez said in a statement, “Overturning DACA will needlessly break up the lives of 800,000 brave young adults who are working or going to school—and contributing to America. Many are farm workers who feed this nation or their sons and daughters. They are also doctors, lawyers, researchers, students—all of them supporting America. This is the only home most of them have known. Those who once shared their personal information with the government will now find themselves easy targets. Taking DACA away from them so Donald Trump can try to deport them is heartless and immoral.”

Bakersfield: 10:30 a.m., UFW Foundation: 238 18th Street, Suite 10, Bakersfield, CA 93301

What: Press event in response to Trump’s DACA Announcement, followed by rallies at Congressman Valadao’s and Kevin McCarthy’s district offices.

Who: United Farm Workers Foundation, UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Faith in the Valley, CHIRLA, Youth 2 Leaders, Radio Campesina and community members

Salinas: 11 a.m., UFW Foundation: 427 Pajaro St., Suite 3, Salinas, CA 93901

What: Press event in response to Trump’s DACA Announcement

Who: United Farm Workers Foundation, UFW, Radio Campesina and community members

Fresno: 11 a.m., Robert E. Coyle Federal Building: 2500 Tulare St., Fresno, CA 93721

For more information, visit www.sisepuede.org or text message the word “Papeles” to 877-877 to sign up for our text message program.

UFW: Trump rescinding DACA is ’heartless and immoral

United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez issued the following statement from the union’s Keene, Calif. headquarters after President Trump rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


President Trump has left 800,000 lives in limbo by rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We condemn this appalling and counterproductive action. Donald Trump is scapegoating immigrants who were already vetted by the federal government and who are not a threat to our country. Trump taking DACA away from Dreamers so that he can try to deport them is heartless and immoral.

Many Dreamers are farm workers who feed this nation or their sons and daughters. They are also doctors, lawyers, researchers, students—all of them supporting America. This is the only home most of them have known.

Although this decision is a hard blow to the beliefs and values we share as a country, we will continue standing up for and protecting immigrant families. This fight is far from over. As Cesar Chavez said, “We only lose when we stop fighting.” We encourage members of our community to attend one of the UFW Foundation’s information sessions that will take place across California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington state. La Union Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), a sister organization within the farm worker movement, is sponsoring similar events in Texas. All events are listed on www.sisepuede.org

The UFW Foundation will continue helping families become citizens, register voters and invite everyone regardless of immigration status to participate in civic affairs. The UFW Foundation will be hosting a mega naturalization workshop on Sept. 9 in Bakersfield. We will continue organizing and growing this movement.

We also urge all elected officials and the community at large to rally behind the Dream Act, which provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth, and the “Blue Card” bill (Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017), which creates a pathway to citizenship for millions of farm worker families in this country.

Health & Farmworker Advocates Respond to California Chlorpyrifos Announcement

Earlier today, California officials at the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment announced steps to address the threat of the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos.
Mark Weller, Co-director of Californians for Pesticide Reform, and Erik Nicholson, Vice-President of United Farm Workers, issued the following statement:
“California’s proposed action fails to protect the most vulnerable populations: young children, pregnant women and farmworkers. Their revised risk assessment, just released and available for public comment until October 2, fails to consider the well-documented brain-harming effects of this pesticide. Any mitigations that result from such a flawed risk assessment will undoubtedly fall far short.
DPR must recognize that the science of the neurotoxic effects of this pesticide is well-established and beyond any doubt, and come up with a swift timetable for removing chlorpyrifos from California’s fields as quickly as possible.
California’s agricultural communities were betrayed by the U.S. EPA in March when they reversed a proposed ban. California can and must do better.”

UFW: Trump’s pardon of Arpaio is ‘shameful’

United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez issued the following statement from the union’s Keene, Calif. headquarters after President Donald J. Trump pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
“We are extremely disappointed with President Trump. He has consistently shown no respect for the hardworking immigrants of this nation. His pardoning of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is shameful. Time and again, immigrants have demonstrated that they are the backbone of agriculture and many other industries. The President should not be pardoning someone who has been so vicious towards immigrants and who has openly flouted a federal judge’s order to stop his racial discrimination.”

UFW cites ‘bittersweet victory’ in preserving DACA; DAPA immigrants still at risk

United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez issued the following statement for the UFW and UFW Foundation following Thursday’s memo released by the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents). The DHS memo said DACA, enacted in 2012, will remain in effect.  Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security terminated DAPA, an executive action announced by President Obama in 2014 protecting from deportation the parents of American and lawful permanent resident children. DAPA was never implemented because it was stalled in the courts.


People who are eligible under DACA 2012 will remain unaffected. Those who meet the requirements “will continue to be eligible,” according to the DHS memo, and will be able to renew their eligibility every two years. The DHS memo noted that, “no work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates.”


We have preserved DACA because of the strength of the Dreamer movement and the unified support of Dreamers by our immigrant community. We will continue to win victories for more people when we remain united and keep broadening our immigrant rights efforts.


However, this victory is bittersweet.  Immigrants, including DACA recipients, remain threatened by the fear of deportation given the increased number of ICE raids and its presence in their communities. 


The farm worker movement will remain vigilant over DHS policies and will continue fighting to protect the rights of immigrant communities. The UFW Foundation will continue to offer Know Your Rights information sessions and assist those who are eligible for DACA 2012. For more information visit www.sisepuede.org or call toll free 877-881-8281.