Community Update

World Pulse Toolkits Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits are all available here.

We are especially excited to share our signature Citizen Journalism and Digital Empowerment Curriculum. Start learning today!

Join the virtual immigration march

United Farm Workers sent this email and I wanted to post it here in case you are unaware of it. This group tries to end the cycle of abuse and fear that farm labor workers face daily when they are forced to work in unfair conditions.

I found this site when I had an idea to do a small farm and wanted to learn about it and stumbled upon this site. While I do not have a farm or workers or anything like that I do feel it is vital to help them achieve equality and safety. When we let some of us be used as slaves then we are all lowered and cheapened. We can not pretend we do not know of their treatment any longer or that they somehow deserve to be treated this way. It is not right and it is not fair and it needs to be stopped. Here is their main website:

http://www.ufw.org/

One thing they want is immigration reform in the USA, so please join with them in a "virtual march" to be heard. The more people joining the more powerful the impact. The more powerful the impact the more change for real change. Real change will enrich all of our lives and is a worthy goal. Here is where and how they want you to take action:

http://www.ufwaction.org/campaign/may12009/76sn534h7x76i5x

Maria

Comments

LauraB's picture

Glad to be made aware

Maria,

One aspect of World Pulse that inspires and connects me is finding out about issues/events. Thanks for passing the United Farm Workers virtual march along.

I hope that Obama and the present house and senate will do something about immigration reform- it's sorely needed.

Laura

JaniceW's picture

New York Times article

Maria, this is increasingly a problem here and we should all be appalled at the conditions that some workers are subjected to. The New York Times recently featured an article about the conditions of sheepherders. It begins:

Mr. Vargas, a sheepherder from Chile, spends his days and nights on lonesome stretches of the Rockies, driving 2,000 sheep across Colorado and Wyoming as part of a federal temporary worker program he signed up for more than a year ago. But like the other sheepherders, or “borregueros,” in the West, Mr. Vargas has barely any contact with his new country, where he earns $750 a month for working round the clock without a day off.

“They never tell you exactly what it’s going to be like,” Mr. Vargas, 28, said in Spanish. “But you’ve got to stick it out here. What are you going to do?”

Sheepherding has long occupied the bottom rung of migrant labor. Most borregueros speak no English; many have only a vague idea of where they are and no knowledge of their legal rights as documented immigrants. ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/22/us/22wyoming.html?scp=7&sq=immigrant%2...

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

PHOTO ESSAY: The Dreams in Their Eyes

PHOTO ESSAY: The Dreams in Their Eyes

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

On Women's Agency in Southern Africa

On Women's Agency in Southern Africa

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

Welcome, Women in the World!

Welcome, Women in the World!

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative