Farm Workers Rally for Water Bill

August 13, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Hundreds of farm workers say their lives and jobs are at stake. They were in Sacramento Wednesday to make their voices heard on an important water bill. Wednesday morning in downtown Fresno farm workers loaded onto buses on their way to Sacramento. The farm workers are hoping to get more lawmakers to support a $9-billion dollar bond that would provide money to build new dams and restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Valley packing houses are closed today so workers can attend the rally. Many of the farm workers going to Sacramento say their livelihoods and the entire west side of Fresno County are at stake. "All of my life this is what I've done. I don't know what else to other than be a farm worker. So it's very important for us to go to Sacramento and demonstrate in a peaceful way. We need to exist on the west side," said Irrigation Manager Ismael Reyes.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger supports the bond. Tuesday, Senator Dianne Feinstein worked to generate more support for the measure.

Stay with Action News and ABC30.com for updates on this developing story.



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