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Community Leader Briefing with the National Farmworker Alliance

From WhiteHouse.gov, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, 13 Dec 2011. Last Thursday the Office of Public Engagement hosted 20 regional and national farm worker organizations at the White House for a Community Leader Briefing.  Senior Administration officials from the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development as well as the Domestic … Continue reading

Request for Information: Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE) Act

From Farmworkers Forum, 27 Sept 2011. A student at Michigan State University’s journalism school is doing a story on the CARE Act (Children’s Act for Responsible Employment, HR 3564) and would like to contact lawyers, labor specialists, advocates, and other professionals who work with child migrant workers. If you or if you know someone who can … Continue reading

Hunger In The Fields

From CivilEats.com, Gail Wadsworth and Lisa Kresge, 26 Sept 2011. Across the United States, farmworkers are having difficulty getting enough to eat. And they’re not alone: Rural communities as a whole are poorer and less able to feed themselves than their urban counterparts. In regions where our food is being grown, access to it is … Continue reading

Good Samaritan Lassos Pair of Dogs Trapped in Canal

From Yakima-Herald.com, Phil Ferolito, Yakima Herald-Republic, 1 Sept 2011. MOXEE WA– Noya Deats’ routine walk along the Roza Canal turned disastrous Wednesday when her two dogs, Fawn and Nia, decided to take a swim. Despite signs warning folks to stay out of the canal, she said she’s let her dogs off their leash before without any … Continue reading

Advocates: Many Farmworkers Living In Poor Conditions

From News.OPB.org, Kristian Foden-Vencil, 23 Jun 2011. You may not have noticed, but Oregon’s in the middle of a big migration.Thousands of people from California and Mexico are converging on the state to pick strawberries.After that, they’ll work on the blueberry harvest, then cucumbers, cherries and by the fall it’s pears.They live for as long … Continue reading

The New Latino South: Fewer Hands in the Fields

From LATimes.com, Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jun 2011. Reporting from Wray, Ga. — It was a Tuesday afternoon at the height of blackberry season, and the Paulk family farm was short 100 pickers. It was Don Pedro’s job to find them. Pedro Guerrero, 54, the smiling, soft-spoken man in black cowboy boots whom … Continue reading

Local Labor Brings in the Harvest

From AJC.com, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mark Davis, 5 Jun 2011. PELHAM [GA] — The big engine growled as the tractor-trailer pulled away into the twilight. The truck held cantaloupes, harvested in a hurry that hot day. In his air-conditioned office at Weybrenee Farms in Mitchell County, Brent Brinkley totaled the daily take and looked pleased. … Continue reading

Mexican Seasonal Workers Blacklisted for Union Activity

From Radio4All.net, Lucy Luna interviewed by Jane Williams,  28 May 2011. Victor Robles Velez is a seasonal worker from Mexico who found himself blacklisted following a successful unionizing drive at a farm in the Fraser Valley. We speak with Lucy Luna, an organizer with Local 1518 of the United Food and Commercial Workers in Abbotsford. … Continue reading

Special Series: Migrant Education Programs

During the month of June 2011, Farmworkers Forum will be posting a special series of articles and links to resources focusing on migrant education programs and education outreach programs. Some of the articles have been previously posted on the Forum but are being reposted for this series. If you know of articles and resources that … Continue reading

Culturally Appropriate Farmworker Safety Materials

From NYCAMH.com, New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, “Culturally Appropriate Farmworker Safety Materials” May 2011. Occupational Injury Reduction The Challenge: Language and educational barriers present unique challenges for farmworker health and safety. Of the estimated three to five million migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the U.S., more than three-quarters (77%) are foreign-born. Farmworkers … Continue reading

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