Justice for Workers Has No Boundaries!
(March 27th, 2015)
Fair World Project “Small-Scale Farmers Cool the Planet” Video Launch!
Fair World Project is proud to announce the launch of its latest video, “Small Scale Farmers Cool the Planet” to be released on April 6th. The new 17 minute documentary highlights the role of industrial agriculture in climate change and details how small-scale farmers are combating climate change through regenerative organic agriculture. According to one of the interviewees, Dr. Vandana Shiva, “Too much of the movement to deal with climate change is based on fear. It now needs to move to cultivating hope.”
Driscoll’s Put On Notice
Thank you to all of you who showed support to farmworkers at Sakuma Brothers Farm in Washington and asked Driscoll’s, Sakuma’s biggest buyer, to use their leverage to help farmworkers. Earlier this week we mailed the letter you all signed to Driscoll’s asking them to suspend purchases of Sakuma Brothers berries until a fair and binding contract with farmworkers is in place.
If you missed the story, you can read more about it on our blog.
This is farmworker awareness week and a good time to show support of farmworkers. Whether or not you signed the letter to Driscoll, you can still take action this week by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to help raise awareness of this issue. We’ve created a template to make it easy, but you can add your own voice too.
- Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in support of farmworkers at Sakuma today
An Opportunity Is Coming: Support Working Families
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25. There has been a lot of well-warranted excitement recently about cities and states raising their local minimum wages. But the reality is that many working families do not live in Seattle ($15/hour by 2018), or Richmond CA ($13/hour by 2018) or Montgomery County, MD ($11.50 by 2017) and are still subject to the $7.25/hour federal minimum wage.
A single working parent raising a child on minimum wage is making a poverty wage. Though most people support an increased minimum wage, the last bill stalled in Congress. This year we may get another chance to raise the minimum wage.