Advocacy & Activism

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Mexican Ambassador Sarukhan Visits Valley

From, Heather Somerville, The Fresno Bee, 16 Feb 2012. Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan’s visit to Fresno on Thursday — a first by Mexico’s top representative in the U.S. — underscored the robust relationship between Mexico and the Valley and highlighted concerns about protecting the region’s agriculture industry from anti-immigrant legislation. Sarukhan spent the day … Continue reading

The Diary Of Joaquín Magón Entry 10: Why Does It Have to be this Way?

From, Joaquín Magón, 13 Feb 2012. “It’s ironic that those who till the soil, cultivate and harvest the fruits, vegetables, and other foods that fill your tables with abundance have nothing left for themselves.” – César Chávez I would assume that the world would see it cruel to desert an old man because he is … Continue reading

Migrant Oregon

From, John Bauguess, 11 Jan 2012.   View the photo gallery. Farmworkers who travel hundreds of miles to Oregon to find work in the Willamette Valley often endure the hardships of labor camps. During summer 1988, I joined members of Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN, or Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworker’s United) on visits … Continue reading

Regional Perspectives on Agricultural Guestworker Programs

From, Bruce Goldstein, 9 Feb 2012. Written Testimony of Bruce Goldstein, President, Farmworker Justice, before the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. Mr. Chairman and Members: Thank you for the opportunity to testify about proposals to address our nation’s broken immigration system and solutions to ensure a productive, fairly-treated farm labor force. For thirty … Continue reading

Opinion: Americans Should Work to Understand Immigrants

From, Eleanor Paschal, Guest Columnist, 12 Feb 2012. As a senior Spanish education major at Valdosta State University, I had the opportunity this past semester to work with adult English language learners at the Plaza Comunitaria in Statenville, Ga. I became acquainted with many Mexican immigrants who live and work in south Georgia. One … Continue reading

Trader Joe’s Grocery Chain, Coalition of Immokalee Workers Reach Accord

From, 9 Feb 2012. On the eve of the debut of its first Naples store – and a major protest of the event by area farmworkers, Trader Joe’s and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers have made peace. For months, the two had been odds, but Thursday afternoon, the California-based boutique grocery chain joined the … Continue reading

PBS: Farmworker Justice

From, “Farmworker Justice” by Saul Gonzalez, 3 Feb 2012. For video report, click here. BOB ABERNETHY, host: For decades, religious organizations such as the National Council of Churches, the Catholic bishops, and others have been working with labor organizers to try to improve conditions for farm workers, and there’s been some success, most recently … Continue reading

NCFH: 2011 Assessment of the Eastern Stream of Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

From, National Center for Farmworker Health, Feb 2012. The “Assessment of the Eastern Stream of Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers” is conducted annually by the Regional Migrant Health Coordinators (RMHC), and supported by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) as a resource for Migrant Health Centers, agricultural communities and other programs that serve farmworkers. The … Continue reading

Office of Advocacy and Outreach Launches New Website!

From, 27 Jan 2012. This week, USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach launched their website located at The Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) was established in the 2008 Farm Bill in order to increase access to USDA programs and to improve the viability and profitability of small farms and ranches, beginning farmers and ranchers, … Continue reading

Farmworker Interviews Reveal Heat Stress Illness

From, Vallerye Mosquera, 7 Jan 2012. With funding from University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, researchers at UC Davis and the California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) recently partnered with the Organizacion de Trabajadores Agricolas de California (OTAC) to conduct interviews with farmworkers in the Stockton area. We hoped to learn more … Continue reading

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