Newsom can honor idol Bobby Kennedy’s legacy by helping California’s farmworkers

Gov. Gavin Newsom cannot just invoke the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy without finishing his march against poverty. Newsom can take significant steps toward that goal by expanding the safety net for vulnerable farmworkers.

Guest Commentary written by Belinda Hernandez-Arriaga

Belinda Hernandez-Arriaga is the founder and executive director of Ayudando Latinos A Soñar, a nonprofit serving the farmworker community in Half Moon Bay.

Nearly six decades ago, the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy came to California and gave a resounding speech on the virtues of decency that holds permanence today.

“If there is one overriding reality in this country,” he proclaimed, “it is the danger that we have an erosion of a sense of national decency.” Famously, he continued, “Poverty in this country is indecent.”With news of a $31.5 billion budget deficit reverberating across the California, there is no better time to summon the late senator’s words and place them in the context of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to address it .In a state so full of riches and wealth , poverty is a policy choice. I see it every day […]

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