June 20: Farmworkers Organizing for Justice! Report-back on West Coast Tour

The local independent farmworker union Familias Unidas por la Justicia will report on their recent tour of the West Coast, and how their organizing is strengthening the farmworker justice movement nationally and internationally.image

Rescheduled to Monday June 20, 6:30 – 8:30PM
Location: New Hope Baptist Church (home of Clean Greens Farm): 124 21st Ave Seattle, WA 98122
Suggested Donation*: $5 – 20 suggested donation; no one will be turned away for lack of funds! Light refreshments provided. All funds raised will help FUJ members offset tour expenses and support their continued organizing throughout the upcoming season.
Hosted by: Boycott Sakuma Seattle and Community Alliance for Global Justice
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About the tour
In mid-April the independent farmworker union Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) returned from their historic 28-day tour of the West Coast to mobilize new energy into their campaign and the boycott of Driscoll’s berries. After traveling to over 16 different cities, talking with hundreds of people and dozens of organizations, the number of boycott committees throughout the nation has doubled!

The tour marks a turning point from a localized fight in Washington state to an international effort with two independent farmworker unions — Familias Unidas and the workers of San Quintín, Mexico — taking on the corporate food regime and putting farmworker justice and transformation of the food system back into the minds and actions of U.S consumers.

Join us on Monday June 20 to hear directly from Familias Unidas about the exciting outcomes of the tour and the important impacts it will have on the struggle moving forward!

About Familias Unidas por la Justicia
Familias Unidas por la Justicia, an independent AFL-CIO-endorsed farmworker union based in Burlington, WA, was formed in 2013 out of a series of strikes in response to inhumane production standards, wage theft, racial harassment and other labor malpractices endured by farmworkers at Sakuma Brothers berry farm in Skagit Valley. After almost 3 years, FUJ continues demanding a union contract with Sakuma Bros. Berry Farm. FUJ is also working in solidarity with over 80,000 workers in San Quintín, Mexico who have joined in calling for the boycott of Driscoll’s products, demanding better pay and working conditions and highlighting the exploitation of farm workers by Driscoll’s growers, the largest berry distributor in the world.

-Updates and additional info can be found on the Familias Unidas por la Justicia Facebook page.
-To learn more about the history of the worker’s struggle at Sakuma Brothers berry farm, check out this blog post and this resource list.

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