Wednesday, September 23, 2020

 

Washington Apples

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

 

Situation Report

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:


Sunday, August 02, 2020

 

Racist Roots

Armed racist vigilantes protected by law enforcement has long been a threat to democracy in the US. The Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights in Seattle reports on the Three Percenters in Olympia, Washington.

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

 

MAD World

The New Dark Age -- brought about by the globalization of poverty, transnational criminal networks and religious fundamentalism -- presented unique challenges to Global Netwar 2019.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

 

Shameful

Racial injustice in the agricultural industry is accentuated by the public health emergency, which is not surprising given that 99% of farm workers are Latino. Shameful as this state-sponsored, guest worker slavery is in terms of human rights in Washington, the fact this bigotry is allowed to threaten food security is insane.

United Farm Workers have filed suit against Washington State Department of Health and the Department of Labor and Industries.

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