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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

California State Legislature

Sept. 9, 2015

Statement from Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org:

"Shame on the California State Legislature for selling us out to Big Oil today -- particularly corporate Latino democrats in the State Assembly. This is major betrayal of our communities, and an outrageous example of how Big Oil bullies and buys influence with our elected officials, at the expense of Latino voters, our homes, our health and our future livelihoods.

Now, California's massive, ruthless oil industry will be able to accelerate its agenda profiting off of economic exploitation and environmental destruction -- with the full consent of cowardly corporate Latino democrats. We cannot forget about this. This is a time for environmental justice leaders and our allies to unite and find ways to elect new leadership which will prioritize our communities over oil industry profits."