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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

Ag Association Critical of State Assemblyman

From KSBY.com, Associated Press, 6 Apr 2012. SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – The Ventura County Agricultural Association is criticizing a California assemblyman [Das Williams], alleging he posed as a United Farm Workers union organizer in a dispute with a Ventura strawberry grower. Association lawyer Rob Roy said Friday that a complaint will be filed next … 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

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

United Farm Workers: California initiative not guest-worker program

From Examiner.com, Alison Peek, Salt Lake City Political Buzz Examiner, 6 Jan 2012. The proposed initiative for the November California ballot modeled after Utah immigration legislation is not a guest-worker program, according to Maria Machuca, spokesperson for United Farm Workers. “Guest worker programs bring workers from other countries to do temporary work and then send them back to … Continue reading

UFW Endorses Lara in 33rd State Senate District Race

From ContraCostaTimes.com, Eric Bradley, Staff Writer, 5 Jan 2012. LONG BEACH, CA – The United Farm Workers of America on Thursday endorsed Assemblyman Ricardo Lara for the newly drawn, Long Beach-anchored 33rd State Senate District. The nod to Lara’s candidacy from the UFW, which was co-founded by Cesar Chavez, is another signal that political powers … 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

Labor Conditions Pick Away at Migrant Workers’ Rights

From DW-World.de, Max Pringle, 14 Dec 2011. While migrant farm workers in California pick most of the state’s fruits and vegetables, experts says too many factors are conspiring against the often illegal immigrants in their struggle for better working conditions. Few shoppers in a San Francisco area grocery store say they have spent time thinking … Continue reading

CA State Gov’t Apologizes to Fil-Ams for Civil Wrongs

From AsianJournal.com, Prosy Avarquez-Delacruz, 22 Nov 2011. “RESOLVED by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, that the Legislature, on behalf of the people of the state, apologizes to Filipino-Americans in California for fundamental violations of basic constitutional and civil rights through de jure and de facto discrimination committed during the … Continue reading

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