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What's Missing From Our Thanksgiving Menus? Justice for Farm Workers

Jennifer S. Hirsch | Posted 11.26.2015 | Business
Jennifer S. Hirsch

How we eat is one of the central ways we show who we are and what we care about, but what's almost entirely impossible is to put food on the table that was produced by workers who enjoy the same rights as almost every other laborer in America.

The Crossing: An American Tradition

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

An anthem for an immigrant nation where crossing borders and cultures out of necessity, in hopes of greater opportunities, are as American as apple pie (which, by the way, was brought by British and Dutch immigrants.)

UFW -- Women Heroes in the Shadow

Maurice Jourdane | Posted 09.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Maurice Jourdane

The name Cesar Chavez has become known around the world as the farm-workers' leader, but few are aware that the union's effort would have been fruitless had it not been for a group of women heroes who not only were among the first strikers, facing arrest and jail, but also conducted the behind the scenes work necessary to create a union.

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

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 09.29.2015 | 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.

La Marcha No Ha Terminado

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 07.01.2015 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

In coupling the Agustín Lira and Alma concert with the One Life: Dolores Huerta exhibition, the Smithsonian introduces audiences to this important chapter in U.S. labor history, celebrating two of its notable leaders.

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

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 06.11.2015 | 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.

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.

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.

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.

Big-Money Radical Right Groups Help Huge Grower to Avoid Paying Millions Already Owed Its Farm Workers

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Well-financed anti-labor groups related to America's radical right are coming to the aid of giant Fresno, Calif.-based Gerawan Farming to avoid implementing a union contract under which it already owes millions of dollars to thousands of its grape and tree fruit workers.

Latino-Filipino Solidarity That Won the Delano Grape Strike Is Behind the 40th Anniversary of the Agbayani Village

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 09.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

The Manongs are all gone now. But hundreds will gather on June 21 near Delano to mark four decades since the Agbayani Village was dedicated and to recognize the volunteers who helped build it.

Cesar Chavez and Animal Welfare

Ken White | Posted 06.22.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

I've not yet had the chance to see the new movie, Cesar Chavez: History is Made One Step at a Time, but I did manage to find in my files a letter written by Cesar Chavez back in December 1990.

¡Si Se Puede! (Yes We Can!)

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 06.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Henry A. J. Ramos

To be strong and whole as a nation, we must continue the work that César Chávez began all those years ago -- the unfinished work of fulfilling our social contract, not just for the haves, but even more importantly for society's have-nots.

César Chávez: An American Legend Remembered

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 06.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

Despite Chávez's concerted efforts, estrangement occurs, but one, especially a father of grown children like me, is left hopeful, and a tearful mess, when we see the son reading a thoughtful and soulful letter of amends from his hero father.

Cesar Chavez: See It

Maurice Jourdane | Posted 06.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Maurice Jourdane

The summer of 1967, I was a law student working in California's Kern County with California Rural Legal Assistance near Delano. On Independence Day, w...

Cesar Chavez's Legacy

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

When Chavez left his job as a community organizer in San Jose in 1962 and moved to rural Delano to try, once again, to bring a union to California's lettuce and grape fields, even his closest friends figured he was delusional.

Dear Filipino Organizers Erased by the Cesar Chavez Movement

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 09.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Bino A. Realuyo

In the age of American ethnic diversity, it is all about representation -- a spiritual mission to bring you, our fathers, back in the light. History might have worked in favor of Chavez in the past decades, but many Filipino Americans will do what it takes to put your names in the pages of American movements.

Lettuce Picking & Labor Organizing: A Bottom up View of Cesar Chavez's UFW

Steve Early | Posted 05.24.2014 | Books
Steve Early

Neuberger's experience was very different than Thompson and McMillan's -- and not just because the union has virtually disappeared from the scene during the intervening decades.

And the Winner Is...

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 05.17.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The Presidential Medal of Freedom may not have the name cachet of an Oscar, but it is our nation's highest civilian honor and an award to be celebrated.

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.

How a Convention About Work Turned Into a Pop-Up Art Gallery

Wyatt Closs | Posted 11.23.2013 | Los Angeles
Wyatt Closs

The role of art in amplifying workers' voices as well as changing perceptions about worker movements got a great display in Los Angeles recently.

Farm Workers' Push for Immigration Reform Honors the 28 'Deportees' From 1948

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 08.30.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

This Labor Day finally brought recognition for the 28 Mexican migrant farm workers who tragically perished when the twin-engine DC-3C charter plane fl...

Robin Wilkey

You'll Never Believe What Urban Outfitters Did This Time ... | Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.06.2013 | Latino Voices

Oh, Urban Outfitters. Just one year after facing a lawsuit over an alleged trademark infringement surrounding the company's "Navajo" line, Urban O...

Roque Planas

Remember When Latino Civil Rights Leaders Used Terms Like This? | Roque Planas | Posted 04.03.2013 | Latino Voices

Between Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) calling undocumented immigrants “wetbacks” and the Associated Press dropping its use of the term “illegal immi...