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AB 1389 Gives Basic Freedoms and Rights to California Farmworkers

May 1, 2015

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Commentary: By Luis Alvarado President of Familias Unidas de California One of the biggest injustices to California farmworkers can be found in California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act (ALRA), which violates some of the most basic of civil rights when it comes to labor laws. It prevents farmworkers from having a voice the contracts that govern […]

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For American Farmworkers, ‘Guest Workers’ Proposal is Not Immigration Reform

February 14, 2014

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By Michael G. Harpold Latina Lista In the State of the Union speech, President Obama said, “Americans overwhelmingly agree that no one who works full time should ever have to raise a family in poverty.” Who would disagree, I thought. And then, I remembered farmworkers. Fifty years ago, César Chavez fought to lift farmworkers out […]

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Q&A: Considering Farmworker Health and the Affordable Care Act

January 25, 2013

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By Jacob Simas New America Media Editor’s Note: There are an estimated 600,000 crop workers, and an additional 20,000 livestock workers, in California at any given time. Theirs are physically demanding jobs that carry a high risk of occupational injury – yet the vast majority of these workers lack health insurance. That could change in […]

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Son of Farmworkers Could Turn California County Red to Blue

November 16, 2012

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By Brenda Rincon New America Media / Coachella Unincorporated COACHELLA, Calif. – It is the morning after the election, but no one is talking about the president in this Riverside County town. The only candidate people are talking about here is Raul Ruiz, the 40-year-old doctor, Democrat, and son of farmworkers from Coachella who defeated […]

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“Whenever I Got Out of School, it Was Straight to the Fields”

August 31, 2012

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Immigrant Farm Workers Pick Strawberries in a Santa Maria Field

The Story of Javier Mondar-Flores Lopez By David Bacon New America Media Three bills now making their way through Sacramento promise to dramatically improve conditions for California farmworkers, including one that requires overtime pay for shifts above eight hours. The overtime benefits bill is currently awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. For Javier Mondar-Flores Lopez, an […]

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Oaxaca’s New Government Calls for Migrant Rights

January 13, 2012

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Former Bracero at the International Day of the Migrant Celebration in Oaxaca

Story and Photographs by David Bacon OAXACA, MEXICO — The Oaxacan Institute for Attention to Migrants, and its director Rufino Dominguez, called for a new era of respect for the rights of migrants, in commorating the International Day of the Migrant in the Palacio del Gobierno, Oaxaca’s state capitol building. Representing the newly-elected state government, […]

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San Joaquin Valley residents face high environmental and social hazards, UC Davis study says

November 23, 2011

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    While California’s San Joaquin Valley is home to some of the nation’s richest agricultural resources, half of the people who live and work there face elevated levels of air and water pollution coupled with poverty, limited education, language barriers, and racial and ethnic segregation, according to a three-year UC Davis study.     The study, […]

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Alabama Terror

October 21, 2011

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Commentary: By Raoul Lowery Contreras    Alabama is famous for self-deception, lying and stupidity unmatched in American history, except of course, by its neighboring sister state, Mississippi.    Starting with the Big Lie that the American Civil War was fought for state’s rights, not to protect slavery, Alabama went on to totally subjugate the huge […]

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Decreto Para Trato Justo de Trabajadores Agricolas

May 27, 2011

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¡No Se Deje! Por Lic. Jess J. Araujo     Los trabajadores agrícolas en este país nunca han tenido la misma protección o beneficios que les han concedido a otros trabajadores. Reciben menos de la mitad de los ingresos que reciben otros, y frecuentemente se les excluye, específicamente en las leyes laborales y de trabajo que […]

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Dr. Raul Ruiz to Address Planned Parenthood Anniversary Dinner

April 8, 2011

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Dr. Raul Ruiz to Address Planned Parenthood Anniversary Dinner

Son of farm workers was first Latino to receive three graduate degrees from Harvard     When Raul Ruiz was four years old, he decided he wanted to become a doctor. The son of farm workers in the Coachella Valley, Ruiz saw the effects of limited access to health care, and felt compelled to serve this […]

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New Arizona Anti-Immigrant Bill Threatens Health Care, Education

February 25, 2011

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By Valeria Fernández New America Media PHOENIX, Ariz. — A new set of far-reaching anti-immigrant measures passed by an Arizona State Appropriations Committee early this morning has human rights activists and health care professionals contemplating civil disobedience.     The bills would deny birthright citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants; make it a crime to […]

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United Farm Workers Aid Family of Deceased Teen Immigrant Farm Worker

February 18, 2011

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    The employers of a California teenage farm worker, who collapsed in the fields and died from heat stroke last year, have avoided any serious penalties according to the terms of a recent plea agreement.      Originally, the labor company that hired 17-year old Maria Isabel Vazquez Jimenez to work in the Central Valley fields, […]

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Suit Challenges California’s Approval of Cancer-Causing Pesticide

January 14, 2011

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By Viji Sundaram New America Media     Sheer desperation forced Jose Hidalgo to join a class-action lawsuit filed last week in Alameda County Superior Court, challenging Cali-fornia’s approval of the cancer-causing strawberry fumigant, methyl iodide.     “I like my job, but I am afraid of what it is doing to my health,” the 35-year-old Mexican […]

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Federal Raids Against Immigrant Workers on the Rise

January 7, 2011

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By David Bacon     While the criminalization of undocumented people in Arizona continues to draw headlines, the actual punishment of workers because of their immigration status has become an increasingly bitter fact of life across the country. The number of workplace raids carried out by the Obama administration is staggering. Tens, maybe even hundreds of […]

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César Chávez Holiday To Be Eliminated in Texas?

January 7, 2011

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“I Don’t Think so…” By Texas State Representative Roberto R. Alonzo             Legislation has been filed for the 82nd Legislature by Texas lawmaker, State Rep. Tyron Lewis of Odessa which would eliminate “Cesar Chavez Day” as a state optional holiday in Texas. That is shameful. That is unfortunate, especially when we consider everything that the […]

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Building Border Food Security

December 30, 2010

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By Kent Paterson Frontera NorteSur Editor’s Note: In recent years, the word “security” has dominated discourse about the US-Mexico border region. For the most part, security debates have revolved around support for or opposition to border walls, military deployments and the like. But in southern New Mexico, a new group is giving a twist to […]

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Improve working conditions for those who bring you your turkey

November 24, 2010

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Commentary: By The Rev. David L. Ostendorf    After twenty-one years of grueling, hard labor at the same Midwest turkey processing plant, one worker — let’s call him Alberto — is today earning $12.45 an hour.    He handles as many as thirty turkeys a minute as they speed along the processing line. Every shift, […]

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