Farmworkers and allies on Marcha por la Dignidad (March for Dignity) in Washington State, Aug. 5.Whatcom County, Wash. — A Marcha por la Dignidad (March for Dignity), organized by Community to Community Development (C2C), wound through 15 miles of farmland in Whatcom County in northern Washington state on Aug. 5.This march honored the life of Honesto Silva Ibarra, an im/migrant farmworker who was worked to death at Sarbanand Farms during wildfires that suffocated the Pacific Northwest in the summer of 2017. Ibarra was a guest worker in the U.S. under the H-2A visa program, a seasonal permit for migrant workers.FIRE activists and Workers World Party members from Portland, Ore., and Seattle and Federal Way, Wash., joined the march, which ended in a Peoples’ Tribunal in front of the main office of Sarbanand Farms. (FIRE is a national grassroots movement that stands for Fighting for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere.)The march began at 6 a.m. and went for 12 miles, the number of hours in a typical farmworker’s day. About 300 demonstrators walked single file over many country roads, surrounded by fields being farmed by im/migrant workers. In Spanish, chants of solidarity, “Campesino Power!” rang out: “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!”The marchers made their way to the Canadian border to highlight the fact that workers at the farms are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Border Patrol, as well as that of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Along the route was an ICE detention center, where community members and activists demanded an end to ICE terror against farmworkers and rallied the marchers for the tribunal at Sarbanand Farms.The Peoples’ Tribunal was led by a farmworker organizer and a C2C organizer who introduced the judges and called for witnesses. Among those who came forward was Lucy Suárez, who lives on land that harbored 70 workers fired after protesting Ibarra’s death. Her testimony included the story of a man with an infected foot wound so painful it brought him to tears at the slightest touch, but who was refused treatment at Sarbanand Farms. Many other witnesses came forward with similarly horrific stories of abuse by the farm.The judges unanimously delivered the verdict that Sarbanand Farms was guilty of the murder of Honesto Silva Ibarra and many other human rights atrocities against its workers. C2C is calling for a boycott of Naturipe Farms, one of the main buyers of Sarbanand berries, and raised a demand for workers at the farm to be granted a collective bargaining agreement.Familias Unidas por la Justica (United Families for Justice), an independent farm workers union representing workers at nearby Sukuma Brothers berry farm, has been supportive of the Sarbannand workers. FUJ has waged two successful boycott campaigns resulting in two companies, Driscoll Berries and Haagen-Dazs, refusing to buy Sarbanand Farm berries.‘Guest workers’ forced from home by U.S. actionsThe evening before the march, C2C held a public forum in nearby Bellingham, Wash., to educate community members about the conditions of im/migrant farmworkers and the H-2A visa program.The first speaker, David Bacon, has written extensively on the subject of how U.S. policy forces migration from the Global South. He praised the 70 H-2A guest workers fired by Sarbanand for going on strike after Ibarra’s death and pointed out that fired guest workers faced deportation. They were able to find refuge on nearby land of a community member, an impromptu encampment dubbed Camp Zapata. After the community organized to pay for transportation, the workers returned to Mexico, without having received their final paycheck.H-2A guest workers are routinely denied pay or are moved from farm to farm so owners can avoid paying them. Many workers report being relocated and not knowing where they are. The H-2A program mandates that the farms offer livable housing, but C2C organizers assert that as many as 16 people are housed in a single shipping container unit at Sarbanand. Guest workers are only guaranteed 75 percent of the hours promised in their contracts, with potential new legislation reducing that number to 50 percent, leading to gross underpayment of wages.All the countries of origin for the majority of H-2A guest workers have a common problem — poor conditions created by U.S. foreign policy. From the CIA-backed overthrow of leftist president Jacobo Árbenz in Guatemala in the 1950s to NAFTA’s debilitating effects on the Mexican economy in the 1990s, to subsequent destabilization attempts in Central and South American countries, the U.S. has been at the forefront of creating oppressive conditions that force H-2A guest workers to seek economic opportunity beyond the borders of their homeland.At the present time, about 20,000 H-2A guest workers are in Washington state alone. This figure could be expanded exponentially, since state Rep. Dan Newhouse is pushing for a bill which would include nonseasonal farmworkers in the H-2A program.U.S. global economic hegemony was first founded on the seizure of the lands of Indigenous peoples and on the unpaid labor of people held and tortured in chattel slavery. Now the U.S. ruling class continues its rapacious injustice through exploitative wage slavery, including such arrangements as H-2A “guest worker” visas.All who fight for im/migrant rights and against wage slavery should raise up the struggle of these farmworkers.Support the boycott of Naturipe farms! Honesto Silva Ibarra, ¡presente!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
ReddIt Twitter Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Twitter printGeorge Salinas, a beloved Fort Worth tire and auto shop owner known for his humor and kindness, died at age 64 on Friday, Jan. 9.The owner of G&M Tire & Services at 3524 S. Hills Avenue was known for his ties to the TCU and Fort Worth communities alike.“The most profound legacy that he left was how he interacted with customers through kindness and sense of humor,” said nephew Marty Salinas Jr., who will take over the family business. “George took a lot of pride in his knowledge of the automotive industry, but more so in how he interacted with the customers and community.”His connections to the community extended to nearby TCU.“He worked on all of the TCU PD patrol cars that were out of warranty from our original provider, and we were there several times a week visiting with him,” said Sgt. Cathy Moody of the TCU Police Department. “He was helpful to many students and he always told students that he would take care of them if they had car issues.”Salinas’ kindness was extended to family, friends, and everyone in Fort Worth. “That was in his heart to be a part of the TCU community and help people out,” said Joshua Biggs, George’s stepson. “He’s been in Fort Worth for over 40 years and always rooted for TCU and the community.”Salinas Jr. said the business will continue to maintain all connections to the TCU police department, TCU, and the Fort Worth community.“He was very committed to the TCU community, and he loved helping all of the faculty, staff, and students at TCU,” Moody said.Salinas is survived by his wife, Karen Salinas; daughters, Michelle Carr, Christina Schuchman and Kylee Salinas; son, Michael Schuchman; stepson, Joshua Biggs; nephew, Marty Salinas Jr.; and seven grandchildren.Salinas’ memorial service will be Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the Greenwood Chapel. Facebook Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ + posts Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Facebook Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Previous articleSt. Stephen Presbyterian Church cancels Sunday services after vandals break windows, trash roomsNext articleNew literacy initiative rolled out in Fort Worth ISD Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Linkedin ReddIt Garrett Podell Linkedin Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday
Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick LIMERICK student Conor Foy scooped an Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) award at this year’s [email protected] Discover competition in Dublin’s Trinity College.Seventeen-year-old Conor secured his place at the national final when he won top prize at the regional [email protected] event in LIT in May for his device that improves timing among crew in a rowing boat.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Coláiste Chiaráin student developed a system that can measure, display, transmit and record the timing difference between, and the force exerted by, a crew of rowers.Conor’s system is unique in that it looks at the timing of the oar and the force of each individual stroke, and not just the movement of the seat. This system is expected to improve the performance of rowing crews as it allows a greater synchronicity amongst the rowers.The fifth year student from Crecora was mentored for the project by Edel Farrell, his teacher at the Croom secondary school.“We are delighted with Conor’s achievement. He put a huge amount of work into the project over the last year,” said Edel.Conor’s award-winning project was showcased at the Science Gallery in Trinity College as part of the [email protected] Discover competition.SciFest CEO Sheila Porter said the competition “encourages students to push the boundaries of the classroom, use their knowledge of science, investigate and be creative in their projects”.The Limerick student was also awarded the Yale medallion for most outstanding project at the competition. #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Twitter WhatsApp #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Facebook NewsEducationConor takes award for rowing device in his strideBy Alan Jacques – December 5, 2013 1083 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Email Print Advertisement TAGSColaiste ChiarainMusic Limerick Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Linkedin Previous articleCall for councils to take charge of housing estatesNext articleCouncillors pay tribute to former chairman Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie New Music: 40Hurtz
Crisp manufacturer Salty Dog has added another flavour to its snack range chicken tikka masala. The new variant is only the second meat-themed flavour to join the range, following the success of Salty Dog’s ham & wholegrain mustard pack. Co-founders David and Judy Willis undertook research in a number of curry houses in Devon, in order to develop a crisp that offered the right level of heat and creaminess. Due to its growing presence in sandwich bars, coffee shops and delis, the range will now be available in a 40g bag format, in addition to its 50g and 35g bag versions.The full range consists of sea salt, sea salt & vinegar, sweet chilli, jalapeno & coriander, ham & wholegrain mustard, and chicken tikka masala.RSP is around 69p for a 40g bag.