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New Report: Cancer-causing pesticide found in the air; Chavez Day call for reform
by Mark Weller
In honor of Cesar Chavez’s birthday, a diverse coalition of farmworker groups, labor unions, teachers, parents and scientists will release new local information about pesticide threats – including powerful results from “Drift Catcher” pesticide air monitoring in Watsonville – and call for specific reforms relating to the use of pesticides. Co-founder of the United Farm Workers, Cesar Chavez was the country’s most prominent advocate for pesticide reform, fasting 36 consecutive days for that cause in 1988. State Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning will lead a list of prominent pesticide reform speakers who continue Chavez’s fight to reform pesticide use today.
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