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Calls Mount for Advance Warning of Ag Pesticide Spray

Calls Mount for Advance Warning of Ag Pesticide Spray

  Sacramento – Californians in farmworker communities gathered Thursday online as well as in-person, calling on the state and county governments to web-post advance warning of agricultural pesticide use, citing the known health impacts of pesticide exposure and the tendency of pesticides to drift far from where they are applied. Currently, no notice is provided […]

My 2020 Year-end Ruminations

My 2020 Year-end Ruminations

    By Armando Vazquez My 2020 year-end ruminations of love, gratitude, and respect for my ancestors and the courageous frontline warriors of our time, the world’s immigrants, for their unremittent and courageous love. Their love and selfless sacrifice is the beacon of transformative faith and hope to a dark, dangerous, and desperate world.  “As […]

Many California Farmworkers Forced To Stay Behind During The Wildfires

Many California Farmworkers Forced To Stay Behind During The Wildfires

SCOTT SIMON, SOPHIA BOYD Earlier this week, California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced that the Woolsey Fire in Southern California has been contained. But in its wake, the fire destroyed almost 1,500 structures across Los Angeles and Ventura counties. And while some residents are beginning to return home, thousands in Ventura County had to stay […]

Farm Workers Voted 5-1 to Leave Union

Farm Workers Voted 5-1 to Leave Union

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views It took five years and millions of dollars in legal fees for the workers at Garawan Farms to have their ballots counted—thanks to the corruption of the Jerry Brown Administration. “Employees at Fresno-based Gerawan Farming voted overwhelmingly to cut ties with the United Farm Workers union […]

VCAA: Activist falsely portrayed VC farm working conditions

VCAA: Activist falsely portrayed VC farm working conditions

By Rob Roy: Editor’s note: This was written in response to a guest column appearing in the Star:  Maricela Morales’ Nov. 29 guest column, “Giving thanks for farmworkers”  You need to read both to understand the huge gulf between the two stories.   I read with concern the column by Ms. Morales thanking farmworkers in Ventura […]

Ventura County Farm Worker Housing Summit

Ventura County Farm Worker Housing Summit

By Sheryl Hamlin Hosted by House Farm Workers!, decease the five hour conference featured a diverse group of speakers from banking, discount real estate, state politics, film making, agribusiness and planning. David J. Erickson, Director, Center for Community Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Rob Weiner, Executive Director, California Coalition for Rural […]

Farmworkers and the New Civil Rights Struggle – Decertification of Bad Unions

Farmworkers and the New Civil Rights Struggle – Decertification of Bad Unions

Summary: It’s a basic civil right: the ability of union members to get rid of a union if it no longer serves its members effectively. Today, that right is being denied to a group of farmworkers in California by officials who refuse to count the votes the workers cast in a decertification election. That denial […]

Cesar Chavez’ film to screen for Farm Workers, in Oxnard

Cesar Chavez’ film to screen for Farm Workers, in Oxnard

(Oxnard, CA)  On 3/30/14 at 9:00am, farm workers, community members, local elected representatives and officials will gather at the local elementary school that carries the name of the farm worker union icon whose movie will be released this weekend nationwide.  Farm workers, community members, and leaders will meet at Cesar Chavez Elementary, in Oxnard’s La […]