Our food and agricultural system has a problem.
Those doing the back breaking work to sustain our communities are being exploited for their labor. Wage theft, verbal and physical abuse, serious breach of employee rights, and retaliatory tactics by employers are commonplace; even in the face of workers striving towards a more just food economy by organizing and demanding improvements in their living and working conditions.
One such group of farm workers, Familias Unidas por la Justicia (Families United for Justice) is making great leaps in this struggle for justice and dignity. As a coalition of over 460 farm workers, they went on strike over a year ago protesting the racist and degrading treatment they had been enduring for years at Sakuma Brother’s Berry Farms. This has been a long journey with many barriers: the lack of consumer knowledge/the farm workers invisibility to the public, the H2A Guestworker program that threatened to displace hundreds of families, retaliation from the farm by firing workers who expressed discontent, as well as legal battles in court. The list is exhaustive.
Familias Unidas por la Justicia needs our support during these trying times for this battle to continue. They have invested their livelihoods in this fight to better the conditions for themselves and hundreds of others doing this necessary work. Now it is our turn to act in solidarity with the families who provide us with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and the vast array of other produce we are privileged to enjoy. Community involvement and a student movement in solidarity with the farm workers (WWU Students for Farm Worker Justice) is testament to the growing strength and scope of the Familias Unidas leadership, as is the union’s constantly increasing membership.
Please support Familias Unidas por la Justicia in any way that is possible for you:
- Spreading the word by sharing the GOFUNDME campaign on other social media venues
- By donating (every dollar is a gift)
- By contacting Sakuma Brothers Berry Farm and letting them know that you do not approve of their abusive and illegal labor practices:
Send a letter: 17790 Cook Rd, Burlington, WA 98233
Call in: (360) 757-8004
Get connected to the movement:
Facebook: Familias Unidas por la Justicia
Tumblr: WWU Students for Farm Worker Justice