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

From HispanicBusiness.com, 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

Celebrating the Farmworkers’ Filipino American Champion

From SFBG.com, 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, www.dickmeister.com, which includes more than 350 of his columns. … Continue reading

Photo Exhibit of Migrant Workers to Open in Grafton

From GrandForksHerald.com, Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald, 1 Oct 2011. “American Nile,” a photographic story of Hispanic migrant workers in the Red River Valley, will open Oct. 18 at Steve Larson Photography Studio in Grafton, a collaboration of the Grafton Fine Arts Club and the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks. “American … Continue reading

Immigration Reform is Imperative to a Vibrant Economic Future

From DeseretNews.com, Hilda L. Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor, 2 Sept 2011. Google, Goya, Yahoo, Intel and Levi Strauss. It’s hard to imagine a day without these iconic and uniquely American brands. But what most people don’t know is that all of them were founded or co-founded by immigrants. Goya foods was started by Don … Continue reading

The Hyphen Lowdown on Filmmaker Marissa Aroy

From HyphenMagazine.com, Nicole Wong, 12 Aug 2011. The Hyphen Lowdown is a bi-weekly Q&A series profiling the influential and interesting, from actors, musicians, politicians — maybe even someone in your neighborhood! This week, Hyphen editor Nicole Wong chats with award-winning filmmaker Marissa Aroy. At Restaurant Peony in Oakland’s Chinatown, I met up with Emmy award-winning … Continue reading

Latino-Indigenous Mexican Divide Stirs Greenfield

From KSBW.com, Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press, 12 Aug 2011. GREENFIELD, Calif. — Down wind-swept El Camino Real, old men in cowboy hats linger on dusty benches and farmworkers spill from white contractor buses. From the main drag, it’s only blocks to the fields and vineyards that sustain this peaceful town in the Salinas Valley. But … Continue reading

History: Police Helped Growers Fight ‘Bolshevik’ Union

From ContraCostaTimes.com, Joe Blackstock, Staff Writer, 30 May 2011. [CA]–There were no more sinister initials to an Inland Valley rancher than IWW. Just a hint of the presence of the IWW – Industrial Workers of the World – in the neighborhood was enough to make employers quake in their boots. A strong, socialist-leaning union, sometimes … Continue reading

Historical and Contemporary Factors Contributing to the Plight of Migrant Farmworkers in the United States

From SocialMedicine.info, “Historical and Contemporary Factors Contributing to the Plight of Migrant Farmworkers in the United States” by Safina Koreishi, MD, MPH and Martin Donohoe, MD, FACP, March 2010. Migrant farmworkers provide an essential service and perform jobs that many Americans are unwilling to do. Immigration practices and policies dictate the extent to which undocumented migrant … Continue reading

The USS Non-Violence: Truly honoring Cesar Chavez

From HispanicLA.com, Victor Paredes, 26 May 2011. I first learned about Cesar Chavez in my 6th grade social studies class as part of a series on leaders who advocated for human and civil rights through non-violent resistance.  I still remember that feeling of pride to hear a name like Chavez being the subject of focus … Continue reading

Lawmaker Criticizes Naming Ship for Cesar Chavez

From SFExaminer.com, The San Francisco Examiner, Julie Watson, The Associated Press, 17 May 2011. The U.S. Navy’s plan to name a cargo ship after the late farmworker activist Cesar Chavez received sharp criticism from a California Republican congressman who on Tuesday said the decision was unfair to military war heroes. Rep. Duncan Hunter, a member … Continue reading

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