by Frank P. Barajas
The Japanese Mexican Labor Association overcame the deliberate ethnic division of the farm labor force in Oxnard, California to win a major strike in the sugar beet fields in 1903, overcoming violent repression. Anti-Asian prejudice in the broader labor movement ended this successful experiment to the detriment of generations of workers.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by Matt Garcia
The support of the United Farm Workers for the bill cuts against the organization's origins in opposition to the Bracero guestworker program, and signals its shift toward advocacy of global responsibility initiatives in the food supply chain. Other labor organizations believe the bill would reestablish indentured servitude in farm work.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Agriculture
“We should not be creating a system in which guest workers are exploited and exploitable, and we're basically justifying it by saying, well, they're feeding their families.”
by Lawrence Wittner
Farmworkers are essential. Our government, businesses and laws treat them as expendable.
SOURCE: Huff Post
Many people thought Cesar Chavez was crazy to think he could build a union among migrant farmworkers.
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