Interfaith Worker Justice asks you to:It’s time to cool things down for workers. Eighteen of the last nineteen hottest years on record have occurred since 2001 and this year is on track to continue that trend. The effects of this heat are being felt by everyone, but it is workers on the front lines, working in the fields, on construction sites, or cleaning up after more frequent and powerful storms who are the most impacted. As you read headlines about record breaking temperatures, it might surprise you to know that there is no national standard for conditions when working in the heat. It’s time to change that!
The Asunscion Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act (H.R. 3668) is an increasingly important and common sense legislation that directs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a workplace heat standard for both indoor and outdoor work.This legislation would ensure that workers would have access to water, rest breaks in shaded or climate-controlled spaces, a plan to help workers adjust to the heat, training, anti-retaliation rights, and other measures. *This is a joint petition with Interfaith Power and Light, an organization that mobilizes people of conscience and faith to take bold steps in combating climate change.
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 8 AM – 1 PM 1240 Central Rd, Everson, WA 98247-9632, United StatesNow that the first berry season is over, it's time to trellis the remaining plants and prepare the land for the winter. The cooperative is looking for volunteers who can lift and hold wires that will be strung between posts. Please bring your own gloves! DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Head north on I-5, take exit 255 for WA-542 E or Sunset Dr (toward Mt Baker) At the exit, bear right onto 542 E/Sunset Dr In .9 miles, turn left onto Hannegan Rd (heading north) In 7 miles, turn right onto Central Rd (right after Ten Mile Rd. All of the intersections are marked a littles ways out with a yellow sign with the intersecting street name) In about half a mile, the Cooperativa is on the left on Central Rd, right after passing Courtney Ln on your right. There is a huge CAMPESINO POWER sign hanging on the property, and a sandwich board marking the entrance with an image of Zapata!
Through our coalition efforts we have shut down the detention camps in Tornillo and Carrizo Springs, TX, prevented Ft. Sill in Oklahoma from becoming a detention camp, and seen 1,500 youth released from the Homestead Florida camp.
The fact that the Department of Health and Human services is now saying it will eventually close these camps proves that they never had to cage these kids but rather have chosen to carry out the cruel policies of the administration. We need to keep the pressure on Homestead and ensure that the 17 year olds there are released before they turn 18 as they are being handed over to adult detention centers on their birthdays! We will close Homestead and keep on fighting to close all detention centers and get justice for migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. Here’s what we need you to do:
Today (July 26) the Trump Department of Labor announced plans to make sweeping revisions to the H-2A agricultural guestworker program to the detriment of farmworkers. The proposed H-2A changes would weaken key protections for farmworkers, reducing the ability of the current farm labor force to obtain employment with H-2A employers and exposing H-2A workers to greater vulnerability and costs.
The Trump Administration seeks to guarantee agribusiness unlimited access to a captive workforce—guestworkers who are denied the rights and freedoms of immigrants and citizens. The proposal epitomizes the Trump Administration’s hostility to immigrants.
Read more here.
WHEN: Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 1-3 pm.
WHERE: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth St. Bellingham, WA 98225).
There will be a Dignity Dialogue the day before the march where we will discuss the new WA State legislation, Keep Washington Working, and what our local government is required to do to guarantee our community is safe. We welcome Eric Gonzalez from the ACLU. As one of the key people in the Legislature leading the advocacy strategy, he will lead us through the legal implications for Whatcom County and all cities.
Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4:30 AM – 5 AM until
Starting at 1431 Sunset Ave, Ferndale, WA 98248-8914, United States
Join farmworker leaders from Community to Community (C2C) and Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) in an historic march in rural Whatcom County. The march starts with a sunrise ceremony and mistica at Customs and Border Patrol facility in Ferndale, and will proceed past several worksites where H2A workers have been contracted. Then march south on Meridian to Bakerview Rd in Bellingham.
This will be a day long reflection on a day in the life of a farmworker; from the time they start work until their day ends. Walk with us on country roads past acres of raspberry and blueberry fields where the fresh berries that are stocked on your grocery shelves are harvested. See the key component of the local agricultural economy, view corporate and NON-organic mono-agriculture fields and reflect on climate change, a contracted captive labor force, our local food system, community building and labor issues in Whatcom County from a farmworker perspective. We will end around 3pm with our vision of a healthy food system, fair and good for workers and eaters; at C2C's Jardîn de Agroecologica on Bakerview with a vigil, food and celebration, speakers, and music.
PROUD UPDATE: C2C welcomes Monica Atkins from the Climate Justice Alliance to the Farmworker March for Dignity! Monica will be joining us and marching with us, connecting justice for farmworkers to climate change and a Just Transition. We are excited to hear solidarity message from Monica about organizing against corporate greed and the h2a labor program. https://climatejusticealliance.org/speaker/monica-atkins/
*images courtesy of David Bacon. You can find more of his photography from last year's march here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56646659@N05/sets/72157698398025411