Wednesday, August 31, 2011

UFW Marchers reach Lodi on way to Sacramento

12 noon Wednesday in Acampo
Farm workers, pesticide reform activists urge Gov. Brown to act on Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act, overtime for farm workers at eight hours and against methyl iodide during march to Sacramento

LODI, CA - Farm workers nearing the end of their 13-day, 200-mile Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Now march to Sacramento join forces at 12 noon Wednesday with pesticide reform activists by calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to protect field laborers from the cancer-causing pesticide methyl iodide. Marchers will later be joined at 4 p.m. as they enter Sacramento County by around a dozen local labor and political leaders, including Mayor Kevin Johnson.

‘The Fair Treatment For Farm Workers Now’ march began August 23 in Madera. The march organized by the United Farm Workers, will end on Sept. 4th, Labor Day weekend, at the State Capitol. The pilgrims are pushing for the enactment of the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act and the right to be paid overtime after eight hours.
Sporting signs and chanting along the route, marchers will make a short stop in Acampo as farm worker, environmental and health leaders address concerns around methyl iodide. Recently released documents show a political appointee of former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger approved the pesticide over the recommendations of independent scientists convened by the state who warned of its dangers as it is linked to cancer, thyroid disease, kidney problems and miscarriages. Eight months after taking office, Gov. Brown has not acted to halt use of the toxic soil fumigant.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Napoleon Gomez, General Secretary of Los Mineros

From: Working IN these Times.
Last week, at the USW convention in Las Vegas, the two unions (USW and Los Mineros) signed an enhanced solidarity agreement (PDF link) that brings them even closer together. For the time being, the two unions will remain separate organizations with separate legal structures; however, they will take steps to begin working much more closely together than they have in the past. The agreement will establish worker councils to represent employees at "major common employers." These councils will work together “to facilitate exchange information, strategic cooperation, solidarity support, and organizing initiatives,” the union announced.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

UFW Rally at Capitol. Sept. 4

“Fair Treatment For Farm Workers Now” March through Central Valley Enters Sacramento County Next Wednesday, August 31st!


Sunday, September 4th

10 AM - Southside Park
12 PM - Capitol Rally

Saying the time to act is now, farm workers began a 167-mile pilgrimage up the Central Valley to Sacramento to press for enactment of the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act.

‘The Fair Treatment For Farm Workers Now’ March began August 23, 2011 in Madera.  The march organized by the United Farm Workers, will end on September 4th, Labor Day weekend, at the State Capitol.

The march enters our labor council’s jurisdiction on Wednesday, August 31st.  Participants will walk more than 16 miles per day through Sunday, September 4th.  Please join them in solidarity along the march.  Contact Roman Pinal of UFW at 213-216-3518 or for details.

The last leg of the march will take place Saturday, September 4th.  Marchers will meet at Southside Park (T and 8th Streets) in Sacramento that day at 10 AM and march to the State Capitol for a rally that will begin at 12 PM.

For more information on the rally at the Capitol, please call 323-572-9907 or visit

 13-Day, 200-Mile Pilgrimage to Sacramento Enters Second Day, With Marching Farm Workers United in Fight for Fair Treatment Now
By Edgar Sanchez
Special to the UFW 
The last time Odilia Chavez was in Sacramento, she endured the pain of a stunning setback: Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for farm workers like her to join unions.

That was 57 days ago. Today, Chavez, 39, of Madera, is marching back to Sacramento, along with other farm workers who want Gov. Brown to “do the right thing” by helping farm laborers.
Like Chavez, at least 20 other current or retired farm workers are marching the entire Madera-to-the-State Capitol route – a distance of 200 miles over 13 days, in “The Fair Treatment For Farm Workers Now” march.
Along the way, they are being joined by dozens of other farm workers or supporters for a day. When the marchers reach the State Capitol on Sept. 4, during Labor Day Weekend, thousands of people are expected to walk with them, carrying the red-and-black flag of the United Farm Workers.
The pilgrims want Gov. Brown to sign the bill he rejected on June 28- SB 104, which has been reintroduced in the Legislature in modified form. Besides making it easier for farm workers to join unions, the measure would allow them to enforce safety conditions on farms and to enjoy better working conditions.

The marchers also are supporting a separate bill that would allow California farm workers to receive overtime pay after eight hours.  Farm workers are currently excluded from federal overtime pay regulations.

“I’m marching all 13 days because I want to be part of the group taking our proposals to the governor,” said Chavez, who is currently between jobs.  “We farm workers have the hardest job of all.

“We work under the hot sun in places that a lot of times don’t provide shade,” she said.  “We are paid the minimum wage and we don’t get overtime.”

Latino Congreso- Sept.

August 24, 2011

California Latino Congreso 2011
September 24, 2011

Save the Date

California Latino Congreso
A Call to Action
September 24, 2011
The California Latino Congreso (CLC) is a Call to Action coming out of the 5thNational Latino Congreso held in Austin, Texas earlier this year. The CLC gathering aims at developing strategies around key issues that affect Latinos and position California as the leading progressive State of the Union.
you can contact:
Eloisa Amador
The 2011 National Latino Congreso is convened by the following:
Hermandad Mexicana
The Latina/Latino Roundtable
Central American Resource Center/Centro De Recursos Centroamericanos (Carecen)
National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rebuild the American Dream

Forty-eight years after the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, America has made significant cultural progress. But Dr. King's ultimate dream of economic justice has been deferred. 

This Friday at 9 a.m., tune in to our national symposium on jobs, justice and the American Dream. RSVP now: [ ].

At our symposium, noted civil rights activists and workers' advocates will take part in two panels, answering questions asked by moderators Bob Herbert and María Elena Salinas and submitted by AFL-CIO activists around the country. 

Fighting the Firings -- In These Times

Fighting the Firings -- In These Times

Monday, August 22, 2011

Telling the story of migration

This is a sophisticated use of media. Be certain to look at the videos along with the story.

Immigration Patterns From Mexico

One of the great things about working in digital publishing is 
the ever-expanding way that technology can be used - and 
manipulated - to help us tell stories. A recent story by Damien 
Cave on some of the economic, demographic and social changes 
that are changing immigration patterns from Mexico carried with 
it a wide array of images, video and graphics that in a normal 
article presentation would have existed largely as links next to 
the article they accompanied. But to present this story, 
multimedia producer Josh Williams offered a way for all of those 
elements to be consumed in a more seamless fashion. A reader 
scrolling down the article would notice that different images 
and video would appear - making them visible at the relevant 
points of the piece. It's a bit easier to experience than to 
describe in words, so clicking the above link might help explain 
it. We received a number of positive comments from readers, 
including this one: "Please pass on to the editors that this is 
a fine, great, super rendering of what journalism really IS all 
about. Again congrats for a job well done by all!" 

Read their stories: 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chilean students and democratic education

Chile's Student Rebels: Views From the Trenches

by Eloy Fisher, Council on Hemispheric Affairs 

Sunday 14 August 2011

Protesters outside the University of Chiless main
building, August 8. (Photo: Fernando Mandujano)

Radio Toma, loosely translated as "Occupation Radio,"
broadcasts non-stop information about the protests
being staged in front of the University of Chile's main
building - literally a stone's throw away from the
Presidential Palace of La Moneda. Since June 10,
students have occupied the beautiful neoclassical 19th
Century campus as the protests have continued to
intensify around their one demand - to dismantle the
market-based approach of the Chilean educational
system, something they have scornfully come to label
"Pinochet's education."

"We just distrust the political class," one of the
students in front of Radio Toma told me. But even when
the political establishment tried to discredit their
protests, students' responses turned out to be
well-organized. They are fully cognizant of their role
in trying to overhaul not only the educational system,
but the tense democratic framework put in place by the
Pinochet regime as well.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The End of Poverty- Or problem of Capitalism ?

End of Poverty.  Narrated by Martin Sheen. Directed by Philippe Diaz.
History of colonization, poverty, neo Liberalism, imperialism.
 Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies — in other words, wealthy countries taking advantage of poor, developing countries. Renowned actor and activist, Martin Sheen, narrates THE END OF POVERTY?,

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ricardo Sanchez- Candidate for Senate.

 Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez is   running  for Kay Bailey Hutchison’s soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat.   Sanchez, former U.S. Commander in Iraq, announced that he would be filing papers to run as a Democrat to fill Hutchison’s Senate seat. 
Sanchez claims he was forced to retire in 2006 to take the blame for the Abu Ghraib scandal. Nonetheless, he remains probably one of the strongest Democratic senatorial candidates to come from Texas in a long time, and he seems to have the full support of the Democratic machine. As we’ve written previously on News Taco, there are but two Latino senators currently serving in the Senate and they’re both Cuban. Having another Latino serve a heavily Latino state like Texas in the Senate, especially a Mexican-American who grew up impoverished, is sure to be a boon to Latino issues. Sanchez, having been party to national and international issues for many years,  would be a well informed  candidate to work on the national level.
Sanchez previously recalled growing up  in the border town of Rio Grande City dependent on social programs

Friday, August 05, 2011

Recall Arizona Senator Pearce

Jeff Biggers
Pearce, whose ultraconservative immigration views have won him national attention and who will face a historic recall election in his Arizona district on Nov. 8, associates himself with the work of a fringe character.
For several years, media outlets in Arizona and at the national level have explored links between Pearce and extremist groups, and in 2006 he was caught circulating a Holocaust-denying article from a West Virginia-based white supremacist group. In issuing an apology, Pearce claimed to not have known about the National Alliance's views.
Racist and Neo Nazi ties examined.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Elect Benally Baldenegro- defeat the Tea Party Congressman

Jeff Biggers
For Arizonans exhausted by the extremist Tea Party machinations of freshman Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who many view more dedicated to the Tea Party's beltway defiance of the Obama administration than the creation of jobs or protecting health care and investments in education, the hands-on rural American experience and Main Street platform ideas of public interest attorney Benally Baldenegro have galvanized a bipartisan campaign across the district's diverse constituency.
"We're extremely disappointed in Rep. Gosar," said Vera Skorupski, a long-time registered Republican from Sedona, Arizona and a campaign supporter of Benally Baldenegro. Citing Gosar's lack of support for Medicare and health care reform, Skorupski praised Benally Baldenegro for not ignoring the "compassionate conservative" tradition abandoned by "radical" Tea Party activists like Gosar and bringing together Democrats, Republicans and Independents.
Raised in the mining town of Kayenta on the Navajo Nation, the Harvard-educated attorney Benally Baldenegro will also become the first female American Indian member of Congress, if elected.
Hailed as one of the state's rising political stars, the Flagstaff-based Benally Baldenegro has been on a fast track to success in Arizona. As the first Native American to graduate from Arizona State University's prestigious Barrett Honor's College, she attended Harvard's Law School and then earned a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Over the past decade, she has worked in Washington, DC, Portland and Tucson, Arizona, serving as a project specialist at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA), developing tribal self-reliance initiatives and dealing with federal health care legislation and regulations, and as a public interest attorney and expert on business, lending and rural development issues.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Many states draw back from Arizona SB 1010

A Year On, States Draw Back from SB 1070 Legislatio