Five on Friday: Farmworker Awareness Week 2023
Today, we celebrate Cesar Chavez Day, the final day of National Farmworker Awareness Week. Cesar Chavez impacted the lives of millions of US farmworkers through his activism and leadership, which led to improved worker rights, safer workplaces, strengthened unions, a more informed and empowered worker community, and a national spotlight on the issues that farmworkers face. His work continues to inspire and inform farmworker advocates. Today, we honor the legacy of Cesar Chavez as we continue to push for safer, healthier workplaces and work to remove the barriers to accessing health care that farmworkers routinely experience. Here's a special farmworker-focused edition of Five on Friday.
Esther is watching this film, showing in her hometown of Salisbury, MD this week, but also available online. Fruits of Labor
It’s still too wet in California, with another atmospheric river hitting earlier this week. Robert sent in this Civil Eats article, which evaluates the economic impact of this year’s rains. California Farmworkers Are Underwater in More Ways Than One
Mónica offered this EHN article, which shines a light on how few farmworkers have joined the lawsuits against Monsanto despite their frequent exposure to glyphosate. Monsanto Sued for Excluding Non-US Citizen Plaintiff from Roundup Cancer Settlement
Amy shared this story from Jordan Barab about the death of a worker by police. He was part of another group of food workers who are largely exploited: meat processers. Immigrant Worker Lives Matter
Weekly Win: Ashley-Michelle forwarded this article on Oregon’s attempt to support farmers in providing safe farmworker housing. Oregon Housing Bill Includes $5M for On-Farm Housing Improvements