Finance the Frontlines!
CAGJ has been organizing in solidarity with Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) for many years. An independent farmworker union formed in 2013 by workers at Sakuma Berry Farms in Burlington, WA, FUJ is only the third independent farmworker union formed in Washington state in 30 years and the first union led by indigenous workers, representing over 500 Triqui, Mixteco, and Spanish speaking workers.
When COVID-19 started impacting fruit-shed workers in Eastern WA, FUJ staff traveled over the mountains, ultimately supporting striking workers at six fruit packing plants in Yakima County. While conditions improved due the worker organizing, there are still many challenges, and FUJ continues to provide on the ground support. (Learn more in our recent webinar with FUJ.)
Despite the critical leadership role played by FUJ in these and many other worker struggles, their organizers often go months without pay due to funding shortfalls. They have been hit especially hard over the past several months due to members losing income after berries froze late in the season, and the ripple effects of COVID-19. In particular, while their members are “essential workers” and pay taxes, they are not eligible to receive CARES Act relief.
This summer, as part of Rise Up! Summer School, CAGJ has a goal of raising $20,000 for FUJ – 10K from individual donations, and 10K from organizational matching gifts; we have already raised close to 10% of our goal in the past week. Join CAGJ in demonstrating that workers’ lives are more important than profit!
How you can help Finance the Frontlines:
Reach out to your friends: Join CAGJ’s grassroots fundraising team – it’s easy! On CAGJ’s page, click “I want to fundraise for this” and create your own page, to share on social media. If we can get 100 people to raise just $100 each, we will reach our 10K goal. CAGJ will provide sample social media posts, memes, and talking points.
Make an individual contribution: Even if you can’t organize your friends to donate, you can contribute directly to our goal today: Click here to donate to FUJ – Thank you!
Ask your group to make Matching Gift: Are you part of a congregation, union, or community group? Please let us know, so we can ask them to help match the 10K being raised by Summer School members, and donate online to our campaign.
Contact Heather if you want to help out with the campaign – Thank you!