Farmworker and Immigration News Roundup

April 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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STC News Update Slideshow from our last meeting – the photos didn’t come through, but the url links will work.page1image824

FARMWORKER AND IMMIGRATION NEWS UPDATE

Stop the Checkpoints April 13, 2015

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UPDATE ON IMMIGRATION REFORM AND OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDER

Executive order is tied up in lawsuit – 25 states suing to stop Obama’s DACA and DAPA orders as unconstitutional.

Congress is doing nothing but gearing up for next presidential election and Republicans are scrambling to decide their platform on this.

States are moving on their own to make reforms:

In California,AB 60 gives undocumented immigrants the legal ability to obtain driver’s licenses. It has drawn an overwhelming — and unprecedented — amount of applicants.Close to 500,000 people have applied under AB 60 since the law was implemented on Jan. 2, 2015

Ten other proposed bills in CA would give undocumented people the right to get MediCal, prohibit employment discrimination based on immigration status, etc.

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SAKUMA FARMS & DRISCOLL BOYCOTT

College students are rallying around the boycott and have succeeded in getting TERRA in Bellingham to stop carrying Driscoll’s berries

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SakumaBros. applying for 600 guestworkers in 2015

Numbers of foreign guest workers are soaring! especially in Washington State

WA farmworkers rallied at certification hearing and presented hundreds of signatures of local farmworkers ready and able to work – calling for no guest workers permits for Sakuma.

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WOMEN’S HUNGER STRIKE
AT KARNES,TX DETENTION CTR.

http://www.ksat.com/content/pns/ksat/news/2015/01/22/protesters- call-for-closure-of-karnes-family-detention-center.html

http://www.ksat.com/content/pns/ksat/news/2015/04/09/karnes- hunger-strike-organizer-freed.html

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/apr/06/us-government-holding-fewer- immigrants-detention/? utm_source=kpbs&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=user- share&utm_content=permalink&utm_term=share-buttonpage6image3672page6image4792 page6image4952 page6image5112 page6image5272

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HONDURANS MAIMED BY
LA BESTIA SEEK TO TALK TO OBAMA

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MUSIC VIDEO FOR “AMIREDIS”

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WHAT WE CAN DO:

Farmworkers issues

Boycott Driscoll berries and Sakuma Farms berries and share it on social media or write a letter to the editor

http://boycottsakumaberries.com/take-action/

Spread the boycott news at a P.A. or Sequim Farmer’s Market table

Protest Sakuma Bros. and other agribusinesses requests for guestworkers, sign the petition at

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WHAT WE CAN DO -PART 2

Detention Center issues:

support Karnes women detainees hunger strike and call for closure of family detention centers, sign petition at www.webelongtogether.org

Spread the word about billions of dollars wasted on private detention centers where detainees are mistreated

Join students from several colleges at the Saturday, April 18th Rally and Protest at the NW Detention Center in Tacomapage10image5712 page10image6192

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WHAT WE CAN DO-PART 3

Hondurans maimed by La Bestia

call on US government to stop funding the paramilitaries and gangs in the “war on drugs”, that make Honduras the murder capital of the world.

sign petition for Obama to meet with Hondurans disabled while seeking refuge in U.S.

http://bit.ly/amiredis-petition

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THE U.S. IMMIGRATION BATTLE INTENSIFIES

January 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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THE U.S. IMMIGRATION BATTLE INTENSIFIES
By David Bacon  in Equal Times, 1/28/15OAKLAND, CA — In an escalating dispute with President Barack Obama, Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill in mid-January, which would cut any funding from the Department of Homeland Security for suspending the deportation of undocumented people.  In December the President ordered the department, beginning this spring, to defer the deportation of undocumented immigrants who have children born in the U.S., who are thus U.S. citizens.

A previous Obama order suspended the deportation of young people without documents, brought to the U.S. as children.  The Republican bill would rescind both orders.

A new, Republican-dominated Congress took office in January.  Congress must fund the department by Feb. 27 or it could shut down.  President Obama has threatened to veto this bill, and while there are enough Republican votes in the Senate to pass it, there are not enough to override a veto. Read more

Another farmworker union leader fired – retaliation from Sakuma Bros.

August 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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On Monday August 11th over 150 Sakuma Bros Farms blueberry pickers, members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia  protested and assembled a picket line at the farm’s field office on Benson Road to protest the firing of a union leader, unreliable lunch break times, onerous piece-rates and a new disciplinary scheme that was imposed by the company.

Cornelio Ramirez, a Familias Unidas por la Justicia negotiation committee member has been the target of an internal campaign by the management of sakuma Berry Farms to seek out and discipline farm workers who are sympathetic to the independent farm worker union with a previously un-enforced company hand-book that establishes a warning based discipline system. The farm workers do not even have a copy of this handbook. Cornelio received two warnings for talking back to company representatives (a labor contractor and an anti-union consultant), one warning for using his cell phone to record a conversation in Spanish, his second language, and another for “picking too slow”. Read more

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