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Organizing 101, courtesy of the United Farm Workers

This year the United Farm Workers (UFW) turns 50. To help celebrate this important milestone and reflect on the union’s historic role in bringing justice and dignity into the farm fields, the UFW has launched a campaign to collect stories from supporters about their connection with this vibrant workers’ union.

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Update: Ruby Ridge

Last week we alerted you to the shocking conditions workers face at the Ruby Ridge Dairy farm in Pasco, Washington. In response to long hours, inconsistent pay, and brutal work rules, workers at the dairy sought a voice on the job and a union through the United Farm Workers. Since trying to organize, workers say that management responded with the highest degree of intimidation and harassment, including the firing of union supporters and insinuations of violence.

Seeking to put pressure on the dairy’s owners, we asked that you join us in urging Northwest Farm Credit Services to stop lending to Ruby Ridge. A company that doesn’t value human rights does not deserve an extended line of credit.

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“Now I break into a sweat at the sight of a salad bar”


Stephen Colbert knows that America is facing a jobs crisis of epic proportions. Hundreds of hard-working people are laid off every day, and the country’s truthiest political pundit understands that even his cable TV job could eventually be on the chopping block.

That’s why Colbert has been on the prowl for a “fallback position,” some kind of job he can do if “The Colbert Report” is canceled…or outsourced to India. Most of the careers he’s explored thus far have been pretty glamorous: astronaut, spy, tennis champ. But last night, he decided to take on a different kind of job: migrant farm worker.

In July, Colbert promised United Farm Workers (UFW) President Arturo Rodriguez that he would participate in the union’s “Take Our Jobs” campaign. With so many people complaining that immigrants are taking all the good, American jobs, the UFW decided to create a program that allows citizens to literally take a migrant worker’s job: back-breaking farm labor.

So how many people have accepted the “Take Our Jobs” challenge? Read more »

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