Advocacy & Activism

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Fresh, Local and Delicious: Pescadero Grown! Opening Day a Success

From, “Fresh, Local and Delicious: Pescadero Grown! Opening Day a Success” 4 May 2012. PESCADERO – Luscious strawberries. Enormous onions. Baskets of kale. Goat cheese and grass-fed beef. On May 3, these mouth-watering delights drew local shoppers to the seasonal debut of Pescadero Grown!, Puente’s popular local farmers’ market. Nearly 200 locals, young and … Continue reading

Arizona Interagency Farmworkers Coalition Annual Educational Conference

From, 8 May 2012. Do you work at a Migrant Health Center or work in a profession that serves migrant or seasonal farmworkers?  If so, plan on attending the Arizona Interagency Farmworkers Coalition annual educational conference in lovely Prescott, Arizona May 15-17, 2012.  “Preserving Our Past, While Defining Our Future”,  a conference where those that … Continue reading

Consumer Demand for Food Justice Labels: The Next Big Thing

From, Danielle Gould, 8 May 2012. While consumer demand for information about where our food comes from and how it’s grown is increasing, thus far there has been relatively little interest in the people that actually harvest it. Commonly used labels such as ”natural,” “free range,” “genetically engineered,” “heirloom,” “organic” and “local,” indicate nothing about … Continue reading

As We See It: Search for Alternative to Methyl Bromide Continues Unabated

From, 27 April 2012. It’s a sad irony that for years growing a healthy strawberry conventionally has required methyl bromide, a chemical so harmful it has been banned by international treaty because it is destroying the Earth’s ozone layer. Another dose of irony: The soil fumigant at first favored to replace methyl bromide, methyl … Continue reading

Dolores Huerta Will Be Given Medal of Freedom, White House Announces

From, Rachel Cook, 27 Apr 2012. For Dolores Huerta, receiving a medal from the U.S. President is more than a nod to a lifetime dedicated to a multitude of social movements. It’s a hearty recognition of community organizing’s role in a democracy. “Not only is (organizing) important, but it’s the only thing we can … Continue reading

Going Undercover in the Belly of Our Beastly Food Chain

From, Kerry TruemanCo-founder,, 29 Feb 2012. Tracie McMillan’s The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table takes us on a vivid and poignant tour of a place we don’t really want to go: the mostly hidden, sometimes horrible world of the workers who form the backbone … Continue reading

Labor Policy in the 2012 Farm Bill

From, Kate Furgurson, 25 Feb 2012. After the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction failed to agree upon a framework for the 2012 Farm Bill, farmers, corporations, laborers and consumers alike are anxiously waiting to see how the bill will impact their businesses and their lives. The Farm Bill allocates hundreds of billions of … Continue reading

The Farmworkers’ Journey: NAFTA, Agricultural Exceptionalism, and California’s Farmworkers

From, Michelle Venetucci Harvey, 16 Feb 2012. We hear a lot about immigration and agriculture, and how immigrants are taking Americans’ jobs, but it’s never that easy, is it? In an EcoFarm Conference session panel titled “The Farmworkers’ Journey,” Dr. Ann López spoke about her research, work with farmers and farmworkers, and introduced us to two California … Continue reading

Celebrating the Farmworkers’ Filipino American Champion

From, Dick Meister, 20 Feb 2012. Dick Meister, former Labor Editor of SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for more than a half-century. He’s co-author of “A Long Time Coming: The Struggle To Unionize America’s Farm Workers.” Contact him through his website,, which includes more than 350 of his columns. … Continue reading

Summer Legal Internship – Farmworker Rights Division – Georgia Legal Services Program

From, Harvard Immigration Project, 16 Feb 2012. The Farmworker Rights Division of Georgia Legal Services seeks law students to join our advocacy on behalf of migrant farmworkers. The Farmworker Rights Division provides free legal representation and community outreach and education to the workers who hand-harvest Georgia crops. Typical cases involve growers failing to pay … Continue reading

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