Ahhh Labor Day… the last long weekend to enjoy the California summer and relax in the company of friends and family and indulge in tasty tummy pleasers such as BBQed meats and veggies, potato salad and fruit from our state’s amazing farmlands. Whether we are kickin’ it in the hammock or lighting up the Q with friends, Labor Day is the holiday to commemorate workers and their families.
One great way to support workers and their families is to contact our Governor about a bill he needs to sign into legislation, AB 1963, the Pesticide Poisoning Prevention Bill. This bill is a simple improvement to a decades old program that monitors and protects farm workers from over exposure to pesticides such as organophosphates and carbamate insecticides. If you are already confused about what these pesticides are and how to pronounce them, just know they are bad… a real bad neurotoxin affecting the nervous system in both animals and humans.
Send a letter or call the Governor's office and ask him to sign AB 1963 today.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: 916-558-3160 (new number)
For further reading about how toxic pesticides affect farm workers and their families, check out this great article on how women are leading the fight for pesticide reform in California.