March 10, 2003

George W. Bush, President of United States of America

1800 Pennsylvania Ave. • Washington, D.C.

Dear President Bush:

As Latino leaders of farm labor organizations representing immigrant workers from Mexico, their families and retirees, we write to say that we are outraged by the heavy-handed tactics that your administration is employing against the government of Mexico in an attempt to secure its agreement with your plan for waging war on Iraq.

An Associated Press article by Dafna Linzer said that Mexican diplomats described the visits from U.S. State Dept. Officials as “hostile in tone” and complained that Washington was demonstrating “little concern for the constraints on the Mexican government, whose people are overwhelmingly opposed to a war with Iraq.” “They actually told us,” said one Mexican diplomat, “that any country that doesn’t go along with the U.S. ‘will be paying a very heavy price’.”

Our members do not want their government to act like a bully against another sovereign nation.

Our government cannot claim to be fighting for democracy in Iraq while at the same time demanding that the government of Mexico support a war without the consent and against the will of its own citizens.

We oppose this war because you have not made your case to the citizens of the U.S. or of the world that it is necessary. We oppose it in the name of democracy and we ask you to respect democracy and national sovereignty not only in our country but in all other countries, including Mexico.



Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder (with Cesar Chavez),

United Farm Workers of America (AFL-CIO)

Arturo Rodriguez, President,

United Farm Workers of America (AFL-CIO)

Baldemar Velasquez, President,

Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)