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#MeToo In the Fields and Factory: Farm and Auto Workers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence

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  • Part 1: #MeToo In the Fields: Farmworkers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence
    • “We have the power to speak and end the silence. We don’t want fear and silence to persist any longer.” -Nely Rodriguez, CIW organizer
  • Part 2: How Tough Is It to Change a Culture of Harassment? Ask Women at Ford
    • Decades after the company tried to tackle sexual misconduct at two Chicago plants, continued abuse raises questions about the possibility of change.
  • Related: Kick Against the Pricks and Other Unsexy Truths About Sexual Harassment

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: #MeToo In the Fields: Farmworkers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence

  • The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has spent more than 20 years organizing against hyper-exploitation in Florida's tomato fields.
  • “We have the power to speak and end the silence. We don’t want fear and silence to persist any longer.” -Nely Rodriguez, CIW organizer

Sarah Lazare, In These Times / AlterNet

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December 27, 2017 | Lupe Gonzalo works in the tomato fields of Immokalee, Fla., worlds apart from the Hollywood celebrities whose #MeToo testimony is exposing widespread sexual violence and toppling powerful men. Yet, Gonzalo says that it is women like her, “with no platform and no voice, invisible and vulnerable,” who bear the brunt of workplace sexual assault—and who offer lessons in how to band together to defeat it.

“Of course, it is incredibly important to pay attention to the suffering of all women, particularly women who work in industries and live in a society that doesn’t have protections, basic rights, where abuse is incredibly rampant,” says Gonzalo, referring to the #MeToo movement, first sparked in 2007 by Tarana Burke. “Looking at the extremity of that violence here, farmworkers began to create a solution and built a program to ensure our own rights.”
 
Sarah Lazare is web editor at In These Times. She comes from a background in independent journalism for publications including The Nation, Tom Dispatch, YES! Magazine, and Al Jazeera America. A former staff writer for AlterNet and Common Dreams, Sarah co-edited the book About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War.

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Part 2: How Tough Is It to Change a Culture of Harassment? Ask Women at Ford

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Decades after the company tried to tackle sexual misconduct at two Chicago plants, continued abuse raises questions about the possibility of change.

Susan Chira and Cathrin Einhorn, New York (NY) Times <https://www.nytimes.com>

December 19, 2017 | The jobs were the best they would ever have: collecting union wages while working at Ford, one of America’s most storied companies. But inside two Chicago plants, the women found menace.
Bosses and fellow laborers treated them as property or prey. Men crudely commented on their breasts and buttocks; graffiti of penises was carved into tables, spray-painted onto floors and scribbled onto walls. They groped women, pressed against them, simulated sex acts or masturbated in front of them. Supervisors traded better assignments for sex and punished those who refused.

Susan Chira is an American journalist. She is currently a senior editor and correspondent for gender of the New York Times.

Catrin Einhorn is a journalist at The New York Times who reports and produces narrative-driven work in a variety of media, including print, audio, video and interactive pieces.

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  • Part 1: The Unsexy Truth About Harassment
    • Sexual harassment is often understood, like other forms of gender-based violence, as a violation of consent. It is more than that.
  • Part 2: Kick Against the Pricks
  • Will men ever see women as full-fledged human beings rather than ego salves and receptacles?

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'All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People'

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Polar bears used as a symbol of a climate disruption by the Boston Globe (5/31/17).

  • Climate change represents the first time in human history that we’ve had, as all of humanity, one problem that we need to face together, because it affects everyone on Earth.
  • Related: From the Archives | Pope Francis Focuses on the American Environmental Movement

Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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June 30, 2017 | Janine Jackson: Enough with the stranded polar bears! A recent letter writer to the Boston Globe took issue with the use of the iconic image of a polar bear stranded on floating ice to accompany a story on climate change. Besides being lazy, said Frederick Hewett of Cambridge, the image just sends an inaccurate message about climate disruption, which is happening everywhere—not just in the faraway Arctic—and the effects of which take myriad forms.

Getting reporters to pay attention to all of the stories of climate change is an urgent and ongoing effort. Our next guest is a contributor to that work. Dan Zukowski is an environmental writer. His work appears in EnviroNews as well as other outlets. He joins us now by phone from Maine. Welcome to CounterSpin, Dan Zukowski.

Janine Jackson <> is the program director of FAIR, and the co-host and co-producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin—a weekly program of media criticism airing on more than 150 stations around the country.

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From the Archives | Pope Francis Focuses on the American Environmental Movement, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Pope Francis is actually bringing America’s environmentalism movement to its religious and moral roots.
    • Opponents of selfish greed and avarice, the common enemies of nature and mankind, would welcome Francis’s powerful words.
  • Part 2: 10 key excerpts from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment
    • Here are some of the key passages people will read closely, everything from climate change and global warming to abortion and population control.

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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

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July 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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Why 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", Edward R. Murrow, 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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Gaither Stewart | When The Revolution Comes

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  • The Historical Gastonia Textile Mill Strikes Are Not Forgotten
  • Related: These Dockworkers Just Showed the Labor Movement How to Shut Down Fascists

 

Gaither Stewart, Dandelion Salad

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June 22, 2017 | When in the early part of this millennium I was writing a rather surrealistic novel, ASHEVILLE, about the town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina where I started out my life, I ran into the story of the Asheville-based self-professed Communist writer, Olive Tilford Dargan, of whom I had never heard before. Visiting then her gravesite in the little known Green Hills Cemetery in West Asheville and researching her and her activities I fell into a gossamer review of early 19th century labor struggles in the good old U.S. South.

Here I want to share this bit of labor history—its passion, its shortcomings and failures, to shed some light on what might be the future. But first some words by and about Dargan. Back during one of the fervid witch hunts of native Communists, she wrote this in a novel.

Gaither Stewart, Writer, Dandelion Salad

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These Dockworkers Just Showed the Labor Movement How to Shut Down Fascists, Peter Cole, In These Times

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  • The labor movement has been greatly weakened by decades of anti-unionism, but the ILWU and Local 10 remain unbowed. Other unions should follow their lead. And, for the 89 percent of American workers not in unions, they must be reminded that individual acts of resistance—while noble—are nowhere as effective as collective action. Sadly, there will be many more opportunities to act.
  • Related: Special Report | What You Never Knew About American Labor Unions

 

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Jeff Bezos Screws Over Workers At Amazon. Now He Wants To Do The Same At The Washington Post.

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  • Can Silicon Valley’s anti-labor attitude survive actual contact with a labor union?
  • Related: Report: How Amazon's Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities

Paul Blumenthal, HuffPost 

10/12/2017 | Like most of the industry titans in the world of big tech, Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is no fan of labor unions. Since 1994, he’s fended away every effort by Amazon warehouse workers to unionize.

But when Bezos purchased The Washington Post in 2013, he inherited more than 1,200 workers unionized with the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. That union now claims that Bezos and Washington Post management are trying to gut protections and benefits for workers in the latest contract negotiations.

Paul Blumenthal is a reporter at HuffPost. His work has appeared on PBS' Frontline, MSNBC, CNN and The New York Times.

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• Amazon is far more than a big, aggressive retailer. As we show in this report, Amazon increasingly controls the underlying infrastructure of the economy. Its Marketplace for third-party sellers has become the dominant platform for digital commerce. Its Amazon Web Services division provides the cloud computing backbone for much of the country, powering everyone from Netflix to the CIA. 
• Our new report, Amazon’s Stranglehold: How the Company’s Tightening Grip is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities, aims to pull back this cloak of invisibility.

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