Wednesday, September 23, 2020
As reported at Crosscut, Washington's 2020 apple harvest comes at the cost of farmworker lives.
The failure of Washington State Department of Health and Department of Labor and Industries to protect them from COVID makes recruiting workers in Mexico and Guatemala harder. Working for minimum wage just isn't worth risking their lives.
We call this program a quasi slave labor program.
--Rosalinda Guillen, Washington State Advisory Committee on Agriculture
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Washington Department of Health says while COVID-19 case counts statewide are decreasing overall, risk remains extremely high, and outbreaks can quickly wipe out progress made by wearing masks and following social distancing protocols. Some of those outbreaks among unprotected farm workers in the Yakima and Columbia river valleys overwhelmed hospitals earlier this summer.
Monday, September 07, 2020
Child Care Crisis
Washington Department of Commerce says half a million children statewide are without child care. According to a press release by Child Care Aware of Washington, nearly half of the licensed child care providers are at risk of closing permanently due to the financial effects of the pandemic.
While the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says child care should cost 7% of the median family income, many working families are paying 25-50% of their paychecks. Washington Department of Commerce director Lisa Brown says,
Clearly, a dramatic investment in child care is needed for robust, equitable economic recovery in Washington state.
Monday, August 17, 2020
Paul de Armond
Due to renewed interest in the writing of the late Paul de Armond, Public Good research director 1994-2005, we offer the following:
- The essence of Paul’s research is included in Anti-Indian Movement, published in January 2018 by the Center for World Indigenous Studies in Olympia WA.
- The 2016 recipient of the Paul de Armond Citizen Journalism Award is part of Noisy Waters Northwest, recognized in October 2019 by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights located in Seattle.
- Paul de Armond’s 1995 groundbreaking report Wise Use in Northern Puget Sound.
Sunday, August 02, 2020
Elsewhere, Noisy Waters Northwest features a Searchlight Review article about the institutionalized racism observed in the failure of the Chelan-Douglas Health District--and ultimately the Office of the Governor of Washington State--to protect agricultural workers from unsafe temporary worker housing.
Monday, June 08, 2020
Saturday, April 25, 2020
United Farm Workers have filed suit against Washington State Department of Health and the Department of Labor and Industries.