Newsletter 130: Take a Stand With Farmworkers in Washington!
(January 10th 2015)
Tell Driscoll’s to Be Fair!
Farmworkers at the Sakuma Brothers berry farm in Washington state have been in a years-long struggle for fair pay and rights protection with farm owners. Workers, under the banner of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (United Families for Justice) have been trying to obtain a legally binding contract that ensures a fair wage and decent working conditions.
Driscoll’s is one of Sakuma’s main buyers. Driscoll’s is aware of the situation on Sakuma brother’s farms, but, despite a stated commitment to community and sustainability, workers report that Driscoll has actually increased purchases from Sakuma Brothers since the dispute began.
We are collecting signatures between now and March 9th when we will send a letter to Driscoll’s asking them to suspend their relationship with Sakuma Brothers until they negotiate a fair contract with farmworkers.
We’re Off to a Great Start!
Last week we launched a new crowd funding campaign to help get the message out that by standing with small-scale farmers we can cool the planet and feed the world. The campaign centers around original artwork by Favianna Rodriguez. We’re already 27% of the way to our goal, but there is still time for you to help. A bag of organic hemp seeds from Farmer Direct Co-op in Canada, loose leaf yerba mate from Guayaki, body wash made with Shea Butter by Alaffia, lavender soap from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, a t-shirt with Favianna’s design and much more are yours for your support at the $125 level.
Get Ready to Stop Fast Track (Again)
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive trade agreement involving 40% of the global economy. It would drive the race to the bottom. Yet it is being negotiated largely in secret and legislation called Fast Track would allow it to be finalized in secret.
This very short video explains what is wrong with the TPP and Fast Track.
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