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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Send a tomato to Boehner

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Rep Don Young shouldn't lead after using the term "wetbacks"

Send House Speaker John Boehner a tomato

Dear Friend,

Last week, we asked members like you to demand Representative Don Young resign for calling tomato harvesters on his father’s farm “wetbacks,” and the response was overwhelming.

But Rep. Don Young has refused to respond, even after we delivered your signatures personally to his office in Alaska.

So we’re upping the ante. If Rep. Don Young refuses to resign, the least House Speaker John Boehner can do is remove him from his position as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. Someone who uses racial slurs to describe people should not be leading a committee tasked with overseeing all matters regarding Native American communities.

Here’s what we’re going to do: For every $5 you donate to hold politicians like Don Young accountable, we’ll deliver a tomato to Speaker John Boehner with the message, Tomato workers are not “wetbacks.” They are human beings, and anyone who doesn’t recognize them as such is not fit for leadership. We will demand Speaker Boehner remove Rep. Don Young from his position.

Rep. Don Young might be able to ignore us—but Speaker Boehner won’t be able to ignore a shipment of thousands of tomatoes in his office!

Can you help us get to our goal of 2,000 tomatoes by chipping in $5 or however many tomatoes you can afford?

Speaker Boehner and other House Republicans are hoping this story will become last week’s news. But when Speaker Boehner gets his tomato surprise, the media will notice. And Speaker Boehner will be forced to respond or face some uncomfortable questions.

But first, we need to send a big, splashy message.

Tell House Speaker John Boehner that farmworkers are not “wetbacks.”

Click here to deliver a tomato to Speaker Boehner 

And don’t worry—after we deliver the tomatoes, we’ll make sure they are donated to a local food pantry. Unlike Rep. Don Young, we’re not jerks.

Thanks and ¡adelante!

Arturo, Ana, Roberto, Gabriela, and the rest of the Presente.org team