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Farmworkers

The Forefront Of Progress: California Passes Historic Legislation To Protect Farm Workers

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 09.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

It means a hard working mother or father who rises before dawn in the summer heat or on a freezing winter's day and gets home well after the kids are asleep will finally get the pay they deserve but have been denied.

The Day My Mexican Father Met Cesar Chavez

Alvaro Huerta, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2016 | Latino Voices
Alvaro Huerta, Ph.D.

Inspired by my social activism, my father decided to me about the time when he met the late Cesar Chavez--co-founder with Dolores Huerta of United Farmworkers Union (UFW).

6 Ways We're Learning to Love Our Food

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.24.2016 | Green
Peter Lehner

(Yulia Grigoryeva, Shutterstock) More and more people today are realizing that our food system is dysfunctional. Instead of nourishing us, it feeds...

New York Farmworkers Deserve Equality

Joann Lo | Posted 05.09.2016 | New York
Joann Lo

By Joann Lo, Food Chain Workers Alliance, and Katia Chapman, Rural and Migrant Ministry There are few consumer opportunities to consider the origin ...

On César Chávez Day, Honor Farmworkers' and Women's Struggles for Equality and Justice

Gaye Theresa Johnson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Latino Voices
Gaye Theresa Johnson

This week we observe one of the most significant holidays of the year: César Chávez Day, in honor of the farmworkers movement and the hard-won triumphs of some of the most marginalized among us.

Questions Farm Workers Have for Bernie Sanders

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 02.17.2017 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

The UFW respects Sen. Sanders' record on many things. But his contradictory immigration record troubles farm workers. We hope he can address these questions during the next presidential debates and town halls.

CRS and LWR Honor the Millions of Unsung Heroes Behind Your Morning Java

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 09.30.2016 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Beyond the small-scale farmers who grow your coffee are countless millions of farmworkers -- the men, women and children who toil in anonymity in the coffee fields to make your daily habit possible, sometimes under conditions that are an affront to human dignity.

Farm Workers Get Same Pesticide Protections as Other U.S. Workers Under Rules Announced by UFW, Obama Administration

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 09.28.2016 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

This action by the Obama administration ends decades exclusion of farm workers from the same pesticide rules that have safeguarded other U.S. workers for years. The new rules for pesticides now include the workers most susceptible to pesticide poisoning.

Protecting the People Who Help Feed Us

Gina McCarthy | Posted 09.28.2016 | Green
Gina McCarthy

The evidence is clear that managing for safety results in more productive, successful businesses. There are serious financial consequences for businesses that don't acknowledge the importance of worker safety. They not only endanger their own workers, they reduce their competitiveness and harm their bottom line.

Stand With the Real Coachella

Daniel Hamidi | Posted 08.17.2016 | Impact
Daniel Hamidi

Every year, thousands flock to the Coachella Valley for its iconic Music and Arts Festival. Just a short twelve-minute drive southeast of the festival location lies a different Coachella -- one not nearly as glamorous. It's actually quite the opposite: filthy, decaying and in need of your help.

Human Rights for Farmworkers: Coming to a Grocery Aisle Near You

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 08.11.2016 | Business
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Human rights are coming to tomato aisles across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Ahold USA -- the corporation behind such local grocery stores as Stop and Shop, Giant, and Martin's, has become the first major American supermarket to sign onto the Fair Food Program.

'God Will Give Me Justice'

Maggie Sergio | Posted 06.29.2016 | Green
Maggie Sergio

While I don't have all the answers on how to fix our broken system, or heal those impacted, I can continue researching and sharing the experiences of people, families and communities that have been adversely affected by pesticides.

Better Enforcement of Farmworker Heat Rules as UFW and Brown Administration Settle Lawsuit

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 06.11.2016 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Farm labor -- feeding America and much of the world -- is honorable and important work. Farmworkers shouldn't risk death or illness from extreme heat when reasonable measures can easily prevent such tragedies. Enforcement of these protections will improve through joint efforts by the state of California and the UFW as a result of the settlement of this lawsuit.

Pasco Police To Get Community Policing Training After Fatally Shooting Farmworker

Reuters | Eric M. Johnson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Latino Voices

SEATTLE, May 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department will provide training to police in a Washington city where officers shot dead a Mexican farmwo...

From the Fields to Congress: Latinos Are Environmental Champions

Jennifer Allen | Posted 05.31.2015 | 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 05.31.2015 | 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 | Home
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.