Various student unions took to the streets of Kolkata, India on November 19, 2021 to celebrate and congratulate the farmers on the retraction of farm laws against which they have been protesting for a year. (Photo: Debarchan Chatterjee/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Posted in Community Action Sustainability world

‘Victory of global significance’: Modi to repeal laws that sparked year-long farmers’ revolt

“After a year of strikes—and having faced brutal repression that claimed some 700 lives—India’s farmers are victorious in their struggle.” by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams Saturday, November 20, 2021 Workers’ rights activists around the globe rejoiced…

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Posted in Agriculture Analysis Labor

Indian farmers are a powerful force in Indian politics, and here’s why their protests matter

by Surupa Gupta, University of Mary Washington Tuesday, February 16, 2021 A large number of women have joined the protests against new farm laws in India. Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times via Getty Images For over two months, farmers…

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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

Essential workers and pay equity

by Wade Rathke Monday, November 16, 2020 New Orleans   In a moment of youthful recklessness more than fifty years ago, I allowed myself to get into one of those dangerous political conversations with the father…

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Posted in Agriculture Columns Labor

Farmers and meatpackers are teaming up

During the pandemic and recession, farmers are realizing they have more in common with immigrant meatpackers than agribusiness CEOs. by Sarah Anderson Wednesday, October 14, 2020 For family farmers like Hans Breitenmoser, the odds of catching…

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Posted in Agriculture Coronavirus Economy Kaiser Health News

Economic blow of the coronavirus hits America’s already stressed farmers

Sandy West May 7, 2020 Richard Oswald, still mourning the loss of his family’s homestead to flooding along the Missouri River, is planting corn and soybeans into ground that last year was feet deep underwater. It’s…

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Nicolás Merino González, a farmworker in Greenfield, Calif., wires money back to his wife and three children in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Social distancing is tough for Merino, who carpools to work in a cramped pickup. Credit: Monica Campbell for Reveal
Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Health Labor Reveal

Farmworkers are now deemed essential. But are they protected?

“They’re going to continue working because they don’t feel that they have a choice. You know, bear with it, work through it,” Elenes said. “It’s really distressing because these workers are the backbone of this country…

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