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It Reeks of Injustice in Wasco, CA: A Latino Barrio Gets the Short End of the Pollution Stick, Again

Javier Sierra | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

In Wasco -- in the San Joaquin Valley where tens of thousands of farm workers toil -- a local ordinance has approved the expansion of a railroad coal depot right next to an overwhelmingly Latino barrio.

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...

Making the Food Trade Work for All

Daniel Gonzales | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Daniel Gonzales

Fair Trade is a well-established and proven approach to supporting farmers and workers. It's also an important way for consumers to identify products that were grown with care.

Cesar Chavez Shines the Spotlight on a Man Virtually Ignored by History

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.28.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Cesar Chavez is a film that spotlights the role of farm worker protectionist and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. He was a man who joined the fight...

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.

Farmer Selfies Are Way Better Than Anything In Your Facebook Feed. Just Look.

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.28.2014 | Green

Back in December, the Irish Farmer's Journal launched a contest soliciting self-shots from farmers posing with their livestock, riding 2013's selfie w...

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.

Farm Workers Win Case Against Gun-Toting Foreman

New America Media | Sandra Saucedo | Posted 10.23.2013 | Latino Voices

The Wild West is alive and well for some low-wage workers, but things are beginning to change thanks to a courageous group of farm workers in Washingt...

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...

Farm Labor Contractors Are Nervous About Providing Health Care

New York Times | Sarah Varney | Posted 08.21.2013 | Latino Voices

HURON, Calif. — Farm labor contractors across California, the nation’s biggest agricultural engine, are increasingly nervous about a provision of ...

Immigration Bill Trying To Solve Tough Problem

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sweeping immigration legislation taking shape in the Senate will aim to overhaul the nation's agriculture worker program to create ...

Farm Workers Celebrate Cesar Chavez Day By Marching and Lobbying for a New Immigration Process

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 06.01.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Farm workers today honor his memory by battling to free themselves from the shackles of abuse and mistreatment they suffer as a direct result of their immigration status.

I Say Tomahto, You Say Exploitation

Raj Patel | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Raj Patel

What's the quickest way to get thrown out of a Publix supermarket? Is it a) to run naked through the aisles, b) to point and yell 'horsemeat!' at the deli counter or c) to query the manager about whether workers picking tomatoes are treated as well as she'd like. In my case, it was option c).

Dave Jamieson

Marco Rubio Used To See Wisdom In A Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After President Barack Obama suggested raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour in his State of the Union speech, rising Republican star ...

WATCH: Popular Super Bowl Ad Remixed To Reflect 'Reality'

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 02.07.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Dodge Ram's Super Bowl ad painted a romantic portrait of American farmers, but did it irresponsibly avoid reality? The car company's "God Made a Fa...

WATCH: U.S. Farm Worker Speaks About Slave-Like Conditions

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 02.01.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

For every 32 pounds of tomatoes Leonel Perez picks on Florida farmlands, he says he receives a piece rate of 50 cents. "That's a piece rate that ha...

Inaugural Is a Timely Moment to Reflect on President Obama and Immigration Reform

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 03.24.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

What America needs now is not a new guest worker program but genuine immigration reform. Most Americans who aren't wealthy don't ask "guests" into their homes to do work on an almost permanent basis. Likewise, let's be honest about the term "temporary" worker.

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 | Food
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...