Monthly Archives: November 2010

Thinking Globally about Food Sovereignty

“Food Sovereignty” is becoming a familiar phrase in the food blogosphere these days. Great work being done by organizations like Oakland’s People’s Grocery and Milwaukee’s Growing Power have highlighted the importance of building a food movement that provides all communities … Continue reading

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Role of Green-Blue alliance for Farmworkers

Some may be familiar with the Green-Blue alliances that are popping up all over the country to fight for real solutions to climate change while also providing good union jobs.  These are coalitions of environmental organizations and labor unions, two … Continue reading

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Blast from the Past – Farmworker Organizing Before the UFW

“The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.” It’s pretty easy to guess where this quote is from – Cesar Chavez the famous farmworker organizer who brought unions to the grape and lettuce fields of … Continue reading

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Let’s Give Thanks for the Workers

After a lovely holiday shared with family and an equally enjoyable festive meal, I joined my mother in the kitchen for our annual dish-washing marathon.  While I never find scraping bones into wastebaskets and finding room in the fridge for … Continue reading

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ILO Ruling Recognizes Farm Worker Organizing as a Human Right

A press release by the Canadian United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW Canada), the country’s largest private sector union, announced that the International Labor Organization (ILO) has ruled the Canadian province of Ontario’s ban on farm worker unions in … Continue reading

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Falling like dominos

On 16 November, a domino fell in Florida – and what a sound it made. After 15 years of negotiations, the Florida Tomato Growers’ Exchange (FTGE) signed a fair food agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), guaranteeing a … Continue reading

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Senator Stabenow’s Stance on Illegal Immigration

Recently, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) was named head of the Senate Agricultural Committee. The head of this committee must juggle a number of competing interests, and holds a huge amount of power. Among her responsibilities will be crafting and finalizing … Continue reading

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