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From the Fields to Congress: Latinos Are Environmental Champions

Jennifer Allen | Posted 03.31.2015 | Latino Voices
Jennifer Allen

This nation has a strong tradition of Latino leaders being environmental champions and the Latino Democrats in Congress reflected that tradition in 2014.

Honoring Cesar Chavez's Birthday by Supporting the Farm Workers for Whom He Gave His Life

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 03.31.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

On the day he would have turned 88, members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will enter an epic battle by farm workers seeking implementation of their union contract against a giant Central Valley grower -- reminiscent of 1960s farm labor fights.

ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Into Mexican Farmworker's Slaying

Reuters | Posted 02.24.2015 | Latino Voices

SEATTLE, Feb 24 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union urged the Justice Department on Tuesday to launch an investigation into the fatal polic...

L.A. School Board Tells Giant Grower to Honor Its Workers' UFW Contract

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 04.20.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday, Feb. 10 to urge a giant Central Valley grower to implement its workers' union contract.

A Food Fight for Our Times

Keith Rushing | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Keith Rushing

Think of food politics as an increasingly complex, layered and controversial arena where people make decisions about food production based not just on the food itself but its impact on the environment, health, the treatment of animals, working conditions and more.

On the Day America Gives Thanks, Isn't It Time We Gave Thanks to Our Thanksgiving Workers?

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 01.19.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Immigrant farm, food and commercial workers gathered in Lafayette Square across from the White House the week before Thanksgiving Day to remind their fellow Americans of the flesh-and-blood human beings who are behind the great bounty of food all of us share on this celebrated holiday.

Tackling the Unfinished Work of Cesar Chavez

Lisa Garcia | Posted 12.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Lisa Garcia

I, for one, will celebrate the life of Cesar Chavez by continuing the fight for protecting our farmworkers and will keep his legacy alive and well.

Fear and Fair Cannot Coexist...

Greg Asbed | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Greg Asbed

Last month's horrific massacre of student human rights activists in Guerrero serves as an awful reminder of why there will be no "Fair Food Program" in the foreseeable future of Mexico's tomato industry...

On Labor Day, Let's Celebrate Farm and Food System Workers

Joann Lo | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green
Joann Lo

Farmers' markets have had an explosive growth, countless schools now have vegetable gardens, and we are paying more attention to the link between our diets and our health. Yet, most food labor issues still remain under the radar.

Tell the EPA to Protect Kids From Pesticides

Margaret Wurth | Posted 10.14.2014 | Green
Margaret Wurth

Weak labor laws allow child farmworkers to work from younger ages, for longer hours, and in more hazardous conditions than children working in all other sectors. But inadequate child labor laws shouldn't keep the EPA from adopting strong protections for child farmworkers when it comes to pesticide exposure.

Vermont's Invisible Farmworkers

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

The transformation of our food system is hard and often depressing work. The rules and the institutions are stacked in favor of the status quo.

Worker-Driven Social Responsibility (WSR): A New Idea for a New Century

Greg Asbed | Posted 08.16.2014 | Business
Greg Asbed

  If you are even a casual reader of this site you know this:  The Fair Food Program has effected unprecedented change in Florida's fields since i...

Immigration, Resurrection, and the Battle for the American Soul

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

In the days before Easter Sunday, we think of the immigrants whose dreams are being deferred. We think of the gains and losses suffered by faith communities that have fought this fight for generations.

Report: California Farmworkers Often Forced to Live in Squalor

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Though the reforms won by previous generations have extended basic labor and safety protections to seasonal and immigrant farmworkers, many remain shut out of the right to decent accommodations.

Fixing Food in Four Minutes or Less

Anna Lappé | Posted 04.20.2014 | Home
Anna Lappé

When I launched the first-ever Real Food Media short films contest, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I just knew that there were incredible stories of people farming, growing, cooking, sharing food and fighting to fix our broken food system that people weren't hearing.

Advocates Urge President To Name National Day Of Service

VOXXI | Tony Castro | Posted 02.07.2014 | Latino Voices

Hispanic advocates are calling on President Barack Obama to designate a national day of service on March 31 honoring Cesar Chavez in a move that could...

Cesar Chavez Movie Inspires Members of Congress

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 04.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Cesar said many times that if his movement didn't survive his death then his work would be in vain.

Secure Communities: Why Does the Kern County Sheriff Defy the Law?

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 03.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Sheriff Youngblood is boldly defying state law, an odd stand by a law enforcement officer sworn to uphold the law. The sheriff's position doesn't encourage confidence in him by the Latino community and many others in Kern County.

Mandela: 'While Poverty Persists, There Is No True Freedom'

Greg Asbed | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Greg Asbed

In those words lies the connection to the movement for Fair Food that prompted me to stop and reflect on the passing of Nelson Mandela in Immokalee. Farm labor poverty must be addressed so that workers can be freed from crippling fear and empowered to stand up for their rights.

Walking the Walk on Farmworker Rights

Maisie Ganzler | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Maisie Ganzler

I can tell you unequivocally that Worker Center Watch's claims could not be farther from the truth. How do I know? I'm part of that "industry" they claim to represent -- I'm a food service executive responsible for over $75 million per year in produce purchases.

Lack Of Workers Causes Problems For Farmers

AP | GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Posted 11.26.2013 | Latino Voices

FRESNO, Calif. -- With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick h...

In Nation's Richest Farmland, Some Workers' Kids Get No Education at All

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.26.2013 | Latino Voices
The Center for Public Integrity

California's Kern County is an American agricultural giant. Yet some of its workers' children, after being disciplined for relatively minor offenses, are getting zero education.

It Is Time for the EPA to Step Up Protection of Farmworkers

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 10.09.2013 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

Farmworkers and their allies are calling for sensible and obtainable changes to the Worker Protection Standard, and the people that play an essential role in our daily sustenance deserve nothing less.

Farmworkers Face Silent Spring in the Fields

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Some lawmakers in Washington may be losing sleep in the coming weeks as they mull over proposed immigration reform legislation. But many migrant child...

On Human Rights, Wendy's Isn't Old Fashioned -- Just Outdated

Raj Patel | Posted 08.02.2013 | Business
Raj Patel

Rather than joining their competitors in respecting farmworkers rights, Wendy's has ended up doing something different. They chose to mislead their stockholders and customers.