On Friday, September 20, a Honduran Court ordered that internationally respected Indigenous leader Berta Caceres, the Coordinator of the Lenca organization COPINH, be jailed. The court also ordered that Aureliano Molina and Tomas Gomez, also COPINH leaders, be subject to alternative measures to imprisonment and that all three of these leaders face trial for bogus charges aimed at silencing Indigenous resistance to the neoliberal privatization agenda being imposed by military force on Honduras.
The workers at Sakuma Berry Farms north of Seattle are on strike - the fourth strike against the company this season. The company has gone back on its promises of wage increases, and fired Ramon Torres, the leader of the workers' organization, Familias Unidas para la Justicia.
Boycott picket have gone up at the company's processing plant, and in front of retail stores in Seattle. Now Sakuma may be moving security guards into the labor camp where the strikers live.
The workers need your help now.
CONGRESS IS BACK
AND THEY MUST ACT
The USDA is launching a #MyFarmBill social media campaign today at 4 pm ET, asking people to share what they want to see in the Farm Bill. The campaign will continue until the set expiration date of the current seriously incomplete extended Farm Bill, September 30, 2013.
Call Sakuma Brothers Farms in support of Familias Unidas Para La Justicia/United Families for Justice
Please call Sakuma Brothers Farms in support of Familias Unidas Para La Justicia/United Families for Justice, a 200+ strong independent farmworker committee who have been organizing on the job to improve working and living conditions for themselves and their families. Since July 10 there have been three work stoppages, the latest on Friday August 16th.
They have won several important concessions
1. Defending a coworker from a retaliatory firing,
2. Ending a system that put local white teenagers with no work experience in supervisory roles,
Deadline is July 1 midnight so act now.
G-8’s New Alliance to encourage private sector investment in African agriculture. This initiative attempts to fill the gap created when governments failed to extend and renew their commitment to public sector investment.
However, the New Alliance actually represents a shift in policies to favor large agribusiness. This threatens to displace smallholder agriculture in favor of less sustainable practices, placing food security at risk.
The House is poised to begin debate today on a farm bill that runs counter to many of Comfood's core values, including equal access to nutrition regardless of income.
Among many other terrible things, this bill would cut SNAP, or food stamps, by $20.5 billion. That’s 8 billion meals that will be lost over the next 10 years, the equivalent of all the nation's food banks shutting their doors for two and a half years.
Congress hasn't passed an increase to the tipped minimum wage in 21 years.
In 1991, a loaf of bread cost 70 cents, the average salary was $29,000, and the minimum wage for tipped employees was $2.13.
21 years later, bread costs $2.89, and American workers are taking home $40,000.
But the minimum wage for tipped employees is still $2.13.
Sign the petition to raise the minimum wage.