After Georgia’s new immigration law chased away many of its farm laborers, the state launched a dubious plan to fill the void with probationers, who lack the experience needed to do harvesting work, especially in the current heat wave. (more)
After spending a day as a migrant farmworker, farceur Stephen Colbert hit Congress to testify about his experience. Media outrage ensued, but as Firedoglake points out, Colbert has done more for the powerless in this instance than any of the “blow-dried idiots that sit around the White House press room.”
The UFW refutes allegations that it exploits the legacy of Cesar Chavez. Update No. 1: Read how it took three phone calls from a congressman and a former cabinet secretary before the L.A. Times would meet with the UFW. Update No. 2: Check out an executive summary of the UFW’s charges. Update No. 3: Marc Cooper on the UFW’s threat to sue him over a negative column he wrote. Update No. 4: The L.A. Times prints several corrections to the story.