UFW’s Arturo S. Rodriguez: ‘Making progress will be more difficult, but our practice of organizing for the long term will let us continue to win justice’
United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez issued the following statement on the results of the 2016 presidential election from the union’s Keene, Calif. headquarters
Last night's national election results were extremely disappointing. It appears Hillary Clinton nationally won a majority of votes in the balloting despite losing in the Electoral College, powered in part by an almost three million vote margin in California.
There were some positive signs such as a historically high Latino turnout across the nation and some significant gains in the western United States. The first Latina U.S. senator, Catherine Cortez Masto, was elected in Nevada. So was the first immigrant U.S. representative in Nevada, Ruben Kihuen. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was defeated in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Still, the obligation to defend the gains we have scored for farm workers and our mission of continuing to make progress have become more difficult as a result of the Nov. 8 returns.
We have confronted and overcome political adversity many times before. What remains unchanged is faith in our history and practice of organizing for the long term, running the race as a marathon and not just as a sprint. That faith will allow us to continue to win justice.
We reaffirm our confidence in the American people and in our Si Se Puede! attitude. You only lose when you stop fighting for the principles you cherish. As the challenges increase so does our commitment and determination to afford all farm workers and low-income working families the opportunities and respect they deserve.