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Farm Workers are Marching to Sacramento

From IndyBay.org, Dan Bacher, 25 Aug 2011. Courtesy of United Farm Workers Union. Farm workers just started a 13 day, 200 mile march to Sacramento. Their goal? “To press for enactment of the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act and the right to be paid overtime after 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week … Continue reading

Bilingual Pesticide Labels: Farmworkers Deserve No Less

From PSR.org, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Jeannie Economos. Farmworkers feed the world. Anyone who eats and who purchases food at a grocery store in the US has an intimate connection to farmworkers, whether they are aware of it or not. Some 50 years after the birth of the farmworker movement in California, farmworkers are still … Continue reading

Groups Call on Governor to Ban Use of Methyl Iodide

From VCStar.com, Richard Chang, Special to The Star, 24 Aug 2011. Shouting “Sí se puede,” or “yes, we can,” on the steps of the Capitol, a group of environmental and farmworker activists this week again called on Gov. Jerry Brown to stop the use of what they believe is a cancer-causing chemical on fields used to grow … Continue reading

Chance at Success for Farm Workers

From HeraldTribune.com, J. Nielsen, Correspondent, 23 Aug 2011. Manatee County, FL –The Farmworker Education Program at Manatee Technical Institute provides support and services for agricultural workers who want to pursue their education, and many do. With nearly 200 students enrolled for the fall semester, program coordinator Esperanza Gamboa and her staff work to ensure that … Continue reading

Smoke Inhalation Blamed for Death of Horse Farm Worker Killed in Fire

From KATC.com, Kate Durio, 23 Aug 2011. Lafayette, LA — The Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office has determined a man killed in a fire yesterday died of smoke inhalation. Twenty year old Carlos Gonzales was an employee of Thunder Ridge Farms in Carencro and died inside of his living quarters on the farm. At 7:21 Monday, … Continue reading

Migrant Workers File Lawsuit Against Food Company

From KRGV.com, Kirk Chaisson , 16 Aug 2011. MCALLEN, TX – Dozens of Valley workers claim Pioneer Hi-Bred International violated their federal rights when it underpaid them and forced them to work in fields that were being sprayed with pesticides. The 40 workers filed a lawsuit against the company in a federal court. They’re not … Continue reading

‘Bracero’ Poems a Tribute to Yuman’s Grandfather

From YumaSun.com, Mara Knaub, Sun Staff Writer, 16 Aug 2011. When Erika Vazquez-Aguilar’s grandmother offered her jewelry to “remember me by,” she told her grandmother there was only one thing she really wanted: a collection of letters written by her grandparents when her grandfather worked in the United States as a “bracero.” Vazquez-Aguilar, 38, had … Continue reading

Urban Farming and Rural Workers’ Rights: Food Sovereignty in Action in the US

From WDM.Org.UK, World Development Movement, Dan Iles, 22 Aug 2011. Dan Iles, WDM’s south-west mobiliser, interviews Christina Schiavoni of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance. On day four of the European forum on food sovereignty, I met Christina from the US. I was very interested to find out about what sort of actions are happening over in the … Continue reading

Special Anniversary: Oregon Child Development Coalition Celebrates 40 Years Helping Children

From ArgusObserver.com, Bandelean, Argus Observer, 13 Aug 2011. Ontario [OR] — The Oregon Child Development Coalition is celebrating its 40th anniversary and continues its mission in improving the lives of children and families through leadership, advocacy and a range of essential services promoting growth and independence. “Not only do we help in child development, we … Continue reading

Immigration Expert Fed Up with Arizona, Comes to UC Davis

From SacBee.com, The Sacramento Bee, Stephen Magagnini, smagagnini@sacbee.com, 14 Aug 2011. Gabriel “Jack” Chin – a national voice in the debate over undocumented immigrants – has been hired to teach criminal law, criminal procedure and immigration law at UC Davis School of Law. Chin left the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law, where he vigorously challenged … Continue reading

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