Edward R. Murrow titled his 1960 CBS documentary “Harvest of Shame” on the merciless exploitation of the migrant farmworkers by the large growers and their local government allies. More than 50 years later, it is still the harvest of shame for nearly 2 million migrant farmworkers who follow the seasons to harvest our fruits and vegetables.
Fifteen agricultural workers in Oxnard, Calif., lost their jobs after they sought shelter to escape the ash and smoke-filled air from a raging wildfire last week. The strawberry pickers said they left because the smoke interfered with their ability to breathe.
With a wit unheard of on Capitol Hill, Stephen Colbert has taken his message of truthiness and testified in front of Congress on behalf of migrant farmworkers, citing his expertise on the matter after spending an entire day in the picking fields.
I’m “the heavy-handed UFW press relations chief who had to quietly resign,” the one to whom Marc Cooper refers in his latest attack on Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers (“Marc Cooper on the Fate of Cesar Chavez’s Dream,” Truthdig, Nov. 13). Like most of the rest of his article, this claim is false.
The California state attorney general’s office has found no wrongdoing in the United Farm Workers Union’s handling of its affiliated charities. The probe was launched in response to allegations raised by a series of articles published in the Los Angeles Times.