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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Over 1K Tomatoes Delivered to House Speaker Boehner's Office Urging Removal of Rep. Don Young

May 7, 2013

Washington, DC - In response to recent statements by Alaskan Congressman Don Young, Presente.org members mobilized to deliver over a thousand tomatoes to House Speaker John Boehner calling on the Speaker to remove Rep. Don Young as chair of the Subcommittee of Alaska and Indian Affairs after he called tomato farmers on his father's farm "wetbacks."

Recently, Presente.org members mobilized with over 20,000 petitions demanding Young resign.

"We delivered tomatoes to Speaker Boehner in order to remind him and the Republican party that they must deal swiftly with the racist comments about Latinos by Rep. Young," said Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org. "As we are seeing in the ongoing debate around immigration reform, tomato pickers and other Latino workers will determine the fate of the Republican party. It's up to Speaker Boehner to determine whether we will be delivering or throwing tomatoes of disapproval at the Republican party in the near and not-so-distant future."