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Are We Prepared to Pay the Price for Farmworker Justice?

Olivia Heffernan openDemocracy
Migrant farmworkers picking cabbages in Ohio. By romanticizing local farms and assuming that ‘local’ means ‘moral,’ many miss the fact that whether produce is sent to a giant warehouse or a ‘farm to table’ restaurant, the farmworkers are denied the protections granted all other hourly workers.

The Zombie Guest Worker Bill

David Bacon Capital and Main (co-published by Fast Company)
“Over the last year,” Goldstein charges, “Rep. Goodlatte has made it his mission to create a massive new guest worker program of millions of captive workers who have even fewer labor rights than the current workers they would replace

DAMNATION: New Series Trailer

An epic saga about the secret history of the 1930s American heartland, centering on the mythic conflict and bloody struggle between big money and the downtrodden (IMDB). On USA channel, premier Nov. 7.

700,000 Women Farmworkers Say They Stand With Hollywood Actors Against Sexual Assault

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas Time
In the lead up to “The Take Back the Workplace” march in Los Angeles on Nov. 12, Latina farmworkers have written a letter of solidarity to the brave women and men in Hollywood who have come forward with their experiences of sexual harassment and assault in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Upton Sinclair is Dead and the Food Industry has the Trump Admin. Right Where It Wants It

Alana Toulin In These Times
In an era when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are increasingly compromised, and workers in the American food industry are often poorly paid and under-protected, advocates and commentators must consciously work to dismantle the elitism that so often surrounds cultural discussions about food in the United States.

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A New Farm Worker Union Is Born

David Bacon The American Prospect
Indigenous Oaxacan farm workers win themselves a union in the Pacific Northwest. Members are filled with ideals, starting with their own organization. Its principles for organization sound like those of radical unions throughout U.S. history. Union leaders should be workers, and the rank and file should make all decisions. No leader or staff member should have a salary higher than a worker in the fields. The union shouldn't accumulate property and large bank accounts.
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