A visit by Bill Clinton highlights the United Farm Workers’ 20th Constitutional Convention, which officially begins Friday with a series of workshops and a visit to Keene to pay homage to Cesar Chavez at his home and grave site. The union convenes every year to provide updates about ongoing work and rally its members.
The events return to Bakersfield on Saturday with scheduled speakers including California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, state Treasurer John Chiang, UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez and Gov. Jerry Brown, who is the keynote for the 7 p.m. dinner.
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León addresses the convention early Sunday after a Catholic mass honoring five UFW members killed during strikes. Clinton closes out the festivities with a talk at 2:15 p.m. He’s scheduled to continue on wife Hillary’s campaign trail Monday with a stop at Fresno State.
The union endorsed Hillary Clinton’s bid for president in March and also backed her campaign back in 2008.
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Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of the late Robert Kennedy and president of an international human rights organization bearing his name, was scheduled to keynote a pre-convention UFW fundraiser Thursday in Bakersfield.