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Hunger Pains

From MontereyCountyWeekly.com, Sara Rubin, 16 Feb 2012. With more than a quarter of Monterey County’s children living in poverty, accessing food takes priority. Children ride around on tricycles in the King City Fairgrounds parking lot. They look like they’ve gathered to play on a sunny morning, under the watch of grown-ups who stand around talking, … Continue reading

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

From CoachellaUnincorporated.org, 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

Opinion: Americans Should Work to Understand Immigrants

From NewsTimes.Augusta.com, 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

The Agricultural 99 Percent

From Notes.Bread.org, Andrew Wainer, 18 Jan 2012. 2011 was a record year for U.S. farmers, with farm income topping $100 billion. This includes sales of $22 billion in fruits and nuts and $21 billion in vegetables and melons – crops that rely on immigrant farm labor. But even as U.S. farmers prospered in 2011, those working on farms … Continue reading

Justice for Farmworkers

From PCCNaturalMarkets.com, Joel Preston Smith, Jan 2012. January 2012 — Last July, when 16-year-old Nicholas Chavez collapsed in 106° F heat while picking bell peppers in Bakersfield, Calif., it was hardly national news. The story wasn’t covered by CNN, the Associated Press or Fox News. Chavez was just one more pair of hands in the … Continue reading

Holiday Ride: 20 Needy Immokalee Students Receive Bikes for Christmas

From NaplesNews.com, Tracy X. Miguel, 16 Dec 2011. Mauro Miranda reached a hand across a flatbed deck full of bicycles on Friday morning. The fourth grader claimed his bike the minute the 40 bicycles arrived by truck at Immokalee Community School, a Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) charter school. “I’m going to get a bike,” … Continue reading

Pine Island Migrants Suffer After Floods

From RecordOnline.com, John Sullivan, 17 Nov 2011. No crops, no work, with winter ahead Pine Island, NY — The devastation wrought by the floods in August and September have left an untold number of migrant laborers in the Black Dirt region scrambling for ways to survive the winter. “Most of them would have been packing … Continue reading

Migrant Farm Worker Housing as Shameful as Ever

From NewAmericaMedia.org, Joaquín Magón, 17 Nov 2011. New America Media Editor’s Note: The author of this story, who uses the pen name “Joaquín Magón,” is a youth writer from the east Coachella valley, now living in Salinas and working for the United Farm Workers. He blogs regularly for Coachella Unincorporated, a community health-reporting project of New … Continue reading

Scammed In Laos, Trapped in America

From HawaiiReporter.com, Malia Zimmerman, 16 Nov 2011. Bouala Phommachanh, 55, agreed to leave his wife and five children behind in the fall of 2005 to take a farming job in Hawaii after a recruiter visited his home in the Loas capitol of Vientiane. The Laotian recruiter promised that if Bouala answered the questions correctly at … Continue reading

On Edge of Paradise, Coachella Workers Live in Grim Conditions

From CaliforniaWatch.org, Patricia Leigh Brown, 25 Oct 2011. THERMAL – At one end of Avenue 54, a road slicing through some of the most fertile land in the United States, resides the California of the popular imagination: a place of Bermuda shorts, putting greens and picture-window champagne dinners overlooking the infinity pool. But there is … Continue reading

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