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UFW convention travels to Chavez monument

Posted at 11:23 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-21 02:23:50-04

The UFW convention traveled to Keene on Friday to visit the Cesar Chavez national monument as part of the organization's 20th constitutional convention.

Many farm workers toured the 187-acre grounds for the very first time. They visited his museum and paid their respects to his gravesite. Chavez’s son, Paul Chavez, told the farm workers stories about his father and his time on the property.

The crowd of nearly 500 UFW members then went to Chavez’s Villa La Paz to hear a speech from Illinois congressman Luis Gutierrez.

Gutierrez spoke about bipartisan immigration reform and said he's working to make sure farm workers are included in that legislation if and when it gets passed.

After the speech, the farm workers enjoyed a dinner served by UFW board members, thanking them for their work. The farm workers say they are proud of their jobs and just want respect.

The convention continues on Saturday with a speech from Governor Jerry Brown and on Sunday with a visit from former president Bill Clinton.