STC News Update Slideshow from our last meeting – the photos didn’t come through, but the url links will work.
FARMWORKER AND IMMIGRATION NEWS UPDATE
Stop the Checkpoints April 13, 2015
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.
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
Boycott has spread to Chicago
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.
WOMEN’S HUNGER STRIKE
AT KARNES,TX DETENTION CTR.
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-button
HONDURANS MAIMED BY
LA BESTIA SEEK TO TALK TO OBAMA
MUSIC VIDEO FOR “AMIREDIS”
WHAT WE CAN DO:
Boycott Driscoll berries and Sakuma Farms berries and share it on social media or write a letter to the editor
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
Participate in Sunday, May3, May Day March and rally in Bellingham or Friday, May 1 march in Seattle from 3-6pm at Judkins Park
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 Tacoma
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.
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
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