top
Newswire
Calendar
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)
UFW Tries to Silence Boycott Driscoll’s Activists at Cesar Chavez March
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)
Activists Ask United Farm Workers: Which Side Are You On?
On Sunday, April 3, Michael Garcia and fellow Watsonville Brown Berets traveled a short distance to Salinas to attend the annual Cesar Chavez March and Rally presented by United Farm Workers (UFW). The Watsonville Brown Berets (WBB) were joined by members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), an independent farmworker union in Burlington, Washington fighting for a union contract, and initiators of the boycott against Driscoll's.

WBB and FUJ activists spoke with people assembled at Cesar Chavez Community Park and handed out flyers about the growing movement to boycott Driscoll's, the world's largest berry distributor. FUJ, along with tens of thousands of farmworkers in San Quintín, Mexico, are fighting to end wage theft and poverty wages, inhumane production standards, and retaliation from protected union activity.

Although advocating for farmworkers' rights seems like it would be warmly welcomed by UFW, that was not the experience for WBB and FUJ members. Despite UFW’s wishes, the event's stage manager granted advocates of the Driscoll’s boycott a few minutes to address the crowd. In an act highlighting UFW's partnership with Driscoll's, UFW Regional Director Lauro Barajas removed a UFW flag from the front of the stage moments before FUJ member Lázaro Matamoros, a Mixtec migrant from Oaxaca, Mexico, described 5am-4:30pm days with no breaks or lunch while harvesting berries for Driscoll's at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Washington state.

imc_photo.gif imc_video.gif Read More with Photos and Video | Letter from Al Rojas to Arturo Rodriguez on UFW and the Delano 1965 Grape Strike

Previous Coverage: Washington State Farmworkers Launch West Coast Tour in Solidarity with San Quintín
02/22/18 From School Shootings to Revolutionary Social Transformations Education & Student Activism | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/20/18 Capitola Renters Face Mass Eviction After Morgan Hill House Flipper Buys Their Buildings Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | South Bay | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/13/18 Report Reveals Rapid Growth of Homeless Encampments Across America Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | California | U.S. | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/10/18 Worldwide Actions Commemorate Ahed Tamimi’s 17th Birthday, Demand Freedom Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Anti-War | Womyn | East Bay | California | U.S. | International | Palestine02/07/18 Political Education Panel on Resisting the Repression of Black Dissidents Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay02/07/18 Opposition Grows to Trump's Plan for Offshore Oil Drilling in Pacific and Arctic Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | U.S. | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/05/18 From the Panther 21 to 21st Century Revolutions Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | U.S.02/04/18 Black Disabled Activist, Elder, Black Panther and Community Leader Fights Eviction Front Page | Racial Justice | Health, Housing & Public Services | East Bay02/03/18 San Francisco Rallies for Afrin as Solidarity Demonstrations Spread Front Page | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | San Francisco | International02/03/18 Signature Gathering to Begin at Rent Control Campaign Kickoff and Party Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/03/18 Monarch Census on California Coast Reveals Lowest Number of Butterflies in Recent Years Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | California | U.S. | Santa Cruz Indymedia
Related Categories: Americas | California | International | Santa Cruz Indymedia | U.S. | Immigrant Rights | Labor & Workers | Racial Justice | Front Page
Gigantesca movilizacion en defensa del proceso de cambio en Santa Cruz-Bolivia. Luis Gonzales Guardia (1 comment) Tue Feb 20th 5:20pm
Western Monarch Butterflies Continue to Decline The Xerces Society Fri Feb 2nd 9:36pm
Ptrotest electoral fraud in Honduras Allan Fisher Sun Dec 17th 9:52pm
Rally to Save Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants Karl Kramer (1 comment) Sat Dec 16th 8:04pm
Protest Electoral Fraud in Honduras Allan Fisher Thu Dec 14th 2:11pm
Honduras forum Allan Fisher Sat Dec 9th 9:15pm
CISPES End of Year Celebration Allan Fisher Sat Dec 9th 9:04pm
Rally to protest electoral fraud in Honduras Allan Fisher (1 comment) Fri Dec 1st 8:16am
LA Binational Conference To Cancel NAFTA and Unite Workers Of Mexico and the US Organizing Committee For Binational Conference Mon Nov 27th 4:14am
More News...