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MLK: Our Prophet Of Economic Justice

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

This year on his holiday, with the poverty rate at more than 16 percent, let us not allow the corporate media coverage to yet again ignore the great crusade for economic justice that Dr. King was spearheading by 1968.

Thanksgiving Brought To You By Immigrant Workers

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 11.22.2012 | Latino Voices

When giving thanks for a Thanksgiving meal, there’s one group who deserves a disproportionate amount of gratitude: the farm workers of the United St...

Farm Workers Sue California Regulators

AP | GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Posted 12.18.2012 | San Francisco

FRESNO, Calif. — The United Farm Workers of America sued California's work safety division Thursday, saying state regulators aren't enforcing he...

A Recognition to Cesar Chavez's Monumental Environmental Legacy

Javier Sierra | Posted 12.11.2012 | Green
Javier Sierra

Today, the places where Cesar Chavez lived and worked have become a national monument to the immense significance of his life and the wonderful example of an existence devoted to do as much good for the rest of humanity as possible.

Dave Jamieson

What You Didn't Hear At Obama's Cesar Chavez Event

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics

President Obama visited Keene, Calif., on Monday to pay tribute to famed civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, while trying to shore up support ...

If Animals Have Heat Safety Protections, Why Shouldn't Farm Workers?

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Arturo S. Rodríguez

In most of the cases where a farm worker has died, the employer was found to have repeatedly deprived farm workers from adequate water and shade in violation of state regulations. It is obvious that these bad employers prey on the state's inability to enforce the law.

Organic Food Study 'Missed the Point'

Heather Pilatic | Posted 11.11.2012 | Home
Heather Pilatic

This week's controversy surrounding a Stanford study claiming to have established that organic food is no more nutritious than non-organic illustrates the pitfalls of talking about food issues in a consumer frame.

Dave Jamieson

At DNC, Workers Decry Southern Hostility To Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Unionized workers and progressive activists from North Carolina and beyond gathered at a Baptist church here Monday afternoon, usin...

If the Labor Movement Doesn't Speak Up for Workers, Who Will? The Koch Brothers?

María Elena Durazo | Posted 10.31.2012 | Los Angeles
María Elena Durazo

Big insurance companies and corporate health care have huge voices in Sacramento. Yet it was union nurses who gave patients a voice in Sacramento. Union nurses got lawmakers to pass groundbreaking nurse-patient ratios to ensure patients receive adequate nursing care.

California's Harvest of Shame: 2012

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Farm workers in California work in the extreme heat and tough conditions to feed our nation and face the risk of death and illness. The people who feed us should not fear death when they go to work.

The Peach-Picker Shortage

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business

There seems to be a shortage of peach-pickers in Marysville, California. Or maybe not. Peach farms in the Marysville region -- in particular, the p...

Who's Watching Out for Farm Workers Left Out in the Heat?

Hernan Vera | Posted 09.02.2012 | Latino Voices
Hernan Vera

Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Chavez had a summer job in 2011. But unlike many boys his age, Nicholas' summer job consisted of helping his parents pick bell peppers in the scorching fields outside Bakersfield, California.

Growing Green Awards: Winners Produce Food that Nourishes People and the Planet

Frances Beinecke | Posted 07.16.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Today, NRDC announces the winners of the 2012 Growing Green Awards. These awards celebrate the farmers, business owners, and bold thinkers who are transforming America's food system.

Going Undercover in the Belly of Our Beastly Food Chain

Kerry Trueman | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
Kerry Trueman

From the fields of California's Central Valley to the produce aisle of a Michigan Walmart, and lastly, the kitchen of a Brooklyn Applebee's, Tracie McMillan gives a firsthand account of the long hours, lousy wages and difficult conditions that are par for the course in these places.

Dave Jamieson

Pricey Restaurant Chain Pays 'Poverty Wages,' Worker Advocates Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.22.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- It's been a busy few months at Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a scrappy non-profit that advocates for low-wage restaurant work...

States Attempt to Instill 'Work Ethic' by Rolling Back Child Labor Protections

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

After decades of campaigns against youth exploitation, the right is rekindling vestiges of the sweatshop era with legislation aimed at rolling back child labor laws.

Remembering Poverty Before the Safety Net

Dan Morgan | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics
Dan Morgan

In an ideal world, families, churches, and volunteer organizations -- exemplifying the idea that we Americans take care of our own without relying on government -- would be the safety net. But this isn't an ideal world.

Dave Jamieson

GOP Candidate Runs On Pro-Child-Labor Platform

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tom Cotton, a GOP candidate for Congress, says he would like to see more children working long hours out in America's agricultural field...

Simplicity, The Greatest Gift

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

We have left the Earth sorely fractured, but we didn't break this family -- their goodness, raw honesty, perseverance, beauty and simplicity, which shine like a beacon of bright hope.

A Just Harvest For Sukkot

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 12.12.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

A just harvest cannot mean tomatoes picked by slave labor or for sub-poverty wages. We are calling on the Jewish community to support the Campaign for Fair Food.

Dave Jamieson

Perry’s Political Rise Began With Opposition To Pesticide Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics

Jason Cherkis contributed reporting to this story. WASHINGTON -- More than two decades ago, there was a bitter fight within Texas' agricultural com...

New Alabama Law Targeting Undocumented Immigrants Brings Farmers, Lawmakers To The Table

Posted 11.19.2011 | Latino Voices

Farmers and Alabama lawmakers are seeking common ground over an apparent labor shortage, one agriculture officials blame on a new law that targets u...

The Farm Workers and Jerry Brown Make Up, For Now

William Bradley | Posted 11.07.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

The canny Brown negotiated new legislation that allows the UFW some progress without granting its card check goal, thus turning a rally that would otherwise have been a protest of his policies into a muted celebration.

Despite High Unemployment, Colo. Farmer Can't Find U.S. Workers

Posted 11.02.2011 | Denver

John Harold, an Olathe Sweet Corn farmer in Colorado's Montrose County, thought hiring workers to pick corn this season would be a cakewalk. Given hi...

Migrant Ed/Head Start Provides Awareness of the Real World to Migrant Kids

Ramon Resa, MD | Posted 10.31.2011 | Education
Ramon Resa, MD

While in Tucson I made it a point to arrive early and observe and engage with some of the Migrant Ed teachers and trainers. What I encountered only reinforced my opinion of Migrant Ed/Head Start programs. It is not the program but the people who made a difference.