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From the Archives | Do You Know Where Your Tomatoes Come From?

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  • “Harvesting tomatoes and other produce from the nation’s agricultural fields is arguably the worst job in the country,” journalist Chris Hedges writes in his book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.
  • Related: Why Women Who Pick and Process Your Food Face Daily Threats of Rape, Harassment and Wage Theft
  • Related: 1960: "Harvest of Shame"

Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company 

http://billmoyers.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/AP060330027743_immokalee.jpgJuly 20, 2012 | For workers in Immokalee, Florida, where nearly all of America’s winter tomatoes are grown, backbreaking labor under the heat of the Florida sun is only part of the drudgery. There’s often also toxic pesticides, sexual harassment, verbal and physical abuse — all for an average income of  less than $12,000 a year.

Nely Rodriguez is a 46-year-old mother of three who’s been working in the Immokalee fields since she came here from Mexico in 2000. But she’s not suffering silently under these unjust conditions. Nely is a member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a community organization that has taken on the corporate giants at the top of the food chain — with some remarkable victories.

Lauren Feeney is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist whose work has appeared on air and online at PBS, Al Jazeera English and other outlets. A former producer for Moyers & Company, she was a contributor for PBS' Need to Know and led web teams for Wide Angle and Women, War & Peace. She is a graduate of Bard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Farmworkers%20Laboring%20in%20the%20Field.jpgWhy Women Who Pick and Process Your Food Face Daily Threats of Rape, Harassment and Wage Theft, Jill Richardson, AlterNet

  • We all benefit from a hugely exploitative system, in which our dinner is now directly linked to violence against women.
  • Immokalee's (FL) Tomato Pickers Still Reap 'Harvest of Shame'

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1960: "Harvest of Shame", CBS News

November 24, 2010 | Watch the entire original broadcast of one of the most celebrated documentaries of all time, 1960's "Harvest of Shame," in which Edward R. Murrow exposed the plight of America's farm workers.

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I Am Gay. I Will Not Be Tortured Again.

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  • LGBT people and our allies must not give a millimeter or else this administration may take 666 miles. We also must ally ourselves with all other marginalized populations because … we are all in this together, and we have to be ready to fight for our souls.
  • I have lost more faith in the decency of the American people this week than I knew I had. 

David Michael Conner, Huffington Post

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http://i.huffpost.com/gen/4850228/images/n-MIKE-PENCE-628x314.jpg11/11/2016 | I can’t say I am afraid. I am numb. I feel am impending sense of doom—but it’s a kind of doom I have already lived through.

From seventh grade through 12th grade, I was tortured nearly every day I went to school. The common term for this is bullying, but that’s not what it is. It is torture. Just as John McCain suffered indecencies and physical abuses as a prisoner of war, so did I in my youth. If you hate me for making that comparison, you hate me for saying what is true.

I was a happy, popular and active kid. When I reached puberty, my life changed. Before I knew myself that I was gay, others picked up on my mannerisms. My peers harassed me, demanding to know if I was gay. I didn’t know.

David Michael Conner: Health, LGBT and entertainment writer based in Washington, D.C.

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Pope Francis Walks With LGBTQ People, One Step Forward, Big Steps Back

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He is still a man marked by decades of theology that don’t recognize gender fluidity, he still struggles to understand feminism and its relationship with LGBTQ rights, and he still has to deal with leading a global church where simply being LGBTQ can get you killed in many countries.

Kaya Oakes, Religion Dispatches

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http://religiondispatches.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Screen-Shot-2016-10-10-at-10.58.04-AM-690x460.jpgOctober 11, 2016 | On immigration, the environment and the rights of the poor, Pope Francis has consistently pushed Catholics to fulfill what he sees as the church’s mission to “go to the margins.” On gender and sexuality, however, the Pope has occasionally seemed to twist himself in knots to avoid sounding like one of the narrow-minded church leaders he is often wont to criticize.

The pope and the Catholic church are both on a learning curve, scrambling to keep up with the larger social acceptance of LGBTQ people in many Western nations. Francis is, after all, a 79-year-old Argentine, and sometimes his ideas about gender reflect his complex responses to the pervasive machismo of the Latin American culture in which he was raised.

Kaya Oakes is the author of four books, including The Nones Are Alright: A New Generation of Seekers, Believers, and Those In Between (Orbis Books, 2015), and Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church (Counterpoint, 2012). She is a contributing writer at Religion Dispatches, America, Commonweal, Religion News Service, and many other publications.

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Michelle Obama's Speech: As Personal As Political Gets

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US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a campaign rally in support of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH on Oct. 13, 2016. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

  • I listen to all of this, and I feel it so personally. The shameful comments about our bodies. The disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman. It is cruel. It’s frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts. — First Lady Michelle Obama
  • In her speech, the first lady didn't just go high: She soared, making her case against a serial abuser personal as never before in the public arena. 
  • Related: Donald Trump: "This Isn't A Joke Anymore"

Lynn Sherr, Moyers & Company

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October 14, 2016 | “This … has been a week of profound contrast,” said Michelle Obama, in a moment of sublime understatement during an emotionally raw speech on Thursday that squished Donald Trump like a cockroach without ever mentioning his name. Her unusually personal and passionate condemnation of his gutter politics and garbage behavior sent her to the top of the trending list on Twitter as grateful fans high-fived the most outspoken defense of moral authority by a first lady since Hillary Rodham Clinton equated women’s rights with human rights in Beijing in 1995.

It was, of course, a campaign stump for the Clinton-Kaine ticket, and the popular first lady delivered a rousing and committed articulation of why Hillary Clinton should and will be elected president. But the speech began with that contrast between Trump’s sleazy conduct and her good works.

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Donald Trump: "This Isn't A Joke Anymore", Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • If that isn't The Line, then what in the hell is The Line? Actually doing it?
  • “This cannot be treated as just another outrageous moment in the campaign.”
  • Part 1: The Moment You Realize Trump Finally Crossed the Line
  • Part 2: Dan Rather Warns Donald Trump Supporters: ‘History Is Watching’

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