By enlisting the might of major restaurant chains and retailers — including Walmart, which signed on this year — the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has pressured growers that produce 90 percent of Florida’s tomatoes to increase wages for their 30,000 workers and follow strict standards that mandate rest breaks and forbid sexual harassment and verbal abuse.
The incentive for growers to comply with what’s called the Fair Food Program is economically stark: The big companies have pledged to buy only from growers who follow the new standards, paying them an extra penny a pound, which goes to the pickers. The companies have also pledged to drop any suppliers that violate the standards.
I’m really proud of everyone I know whose been involved with the Fair Foods Standards Council based in Sarasota, the Coaltion of Immokalee Workers and the Student Farmworker Alliance and other groups bringing awareness to farmworker rights. This story was from April but these orginazation have been gaining a lot more attention in the media. Bill Clinton recently called the Fair Food Standards Council-“the most astonishing thing politically happening in the world we’re living in today.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when “yes means yes” and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assa…
“Through sheer volume and reach, TIFF has become an ongoing reminder of the talent Hollywood is failing to capture — changing the question from ‘Where are the women?’ to ‘Why aren’t you hiring any of these women?’”
“If we look through a piece of glass, irregularities and impurities may distort and discolor the impression of what we see. If we regard something through a convex lens, it appears to be upside down. But if we place a concave lens in front of the convex lens, we correct the distortion in the convex lens and things no longer appear topsy-turvy. Each one of us regards the world through his own lens, his own glasses. The effect of those glasses is that, even though we may be looking at the same thing, not all of us actually see the same thing. The lenses are ground by each individual’s upbringing, disposition and other factors.”
But the paradox is that on some level, when we substitute Michael Brown, the young man who wrote rhymes and struggled in school but graduated after a push from his family and teachers, for “Michael Brown,” the most recent avatar for this cluster of intractable social issues, we focus on individual outcomes at the expense of focusing on systems and laws. “Preventing the next Michael Brown,” then, means giving complicated conversations about policing strategy and residential segregation the same airtime that we might give to the quelling of protests or the fate of Darren Wilson and the Ferguson police.
Unless Hollywood is making money off depicting their lives, India’s slum kids fly under the radar, both at home and abroad. Indian society is still very much defined by the caste system, and many people consider these kids the lowermost rung of society–untouchables. Their lives often go unseen. Their voices often go unheard.
In New Delhi, however, a newspaper is putting their struggles on the front page. Balaknama is a broadsheet with a team of reporters, editors and contributors made up of children from the city’s streets.