Farmworker Rights

Farmworkers deserve better pesticide rules

Editor’s Note: David Vázquez is a former interim director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS). He is the Head of the UO Department of English.

Eugene Register-Guard Op-Ed: “Farmworkers deserve better pesticide rules”

by Lisa Arkin, executive director of Beyond Toxics; David Vázquez, associate professor of English at the University of Oregon; and Raoul Liévanos, assistant professor of sociology at UO.

December 4, 2017—

More than 1 billion pounds of poisonous pesticides are applied on farms annually in the United States, resulting in as many as 20,000 physician-diagnosed poisonings annually among agricultural workers. University of Oregon environmental studies scholar Sarah Wald puts the number of farmworkers exposed to toxic levels of pesticides closer to 300,000, more than 10 times the official number. A 2008 report by the state ­Department of Agriculture showed that 15.5 million pounds of pesticides were applied on Oregon farms.

For the full text, go to: Farmworkers deserve better pesticide rules

David Woken on critical librarianship and Spanish Heritage learners

“Critically Interrogating Oregon History in the Archives: Spanish Heritage Learners in the PCUN Records”

Check out CLLAS Executive Board member David Woken’s article in the Oregon Library Association Quarterly (Vol. 23 No. 2). http://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/vol23/iss2/7/

David is the History and Latin American Studies Librarian in the Knight Library and curator of the PCUN archive in UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. He describes his methodology for applying insights from critical information literacy pedagogy to his work with UO Spanish Heritage Language students in the PCUN archive. Great work! › Continue reading

“Dolores” film showing & panel discussion about migrant farmworkers

October 8, 2017
2:45 pmto4:00 pm
4:30 pmto5:30 pm

Sunday, October 8, 2017
Film: DOLORES, 2:45 pm at Broadway Metro Theatre
43 W. Broadway, Eugene

Beyond Toxics is hosting a free showing of the new film DOLORES about Dolores Huerta of the United Farm Workers. More information is available here: http://www.beyondtoxics.org/events/dolores-documentary-showing-eugene/

Panel & Public Discussion: “Plight of Oregon Migrant and Farm Workers,” 
4:30 pm at Eugene Public Library
Bascom-Tykeson Room
100 W 10th Ave

  • Ramon Ramirez, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
  • Sandra Hernández-Lomelí, Director, Latinos Unidos Siempre (LUS)
  • Philip Carrasco, Grupo Latino de Acción Directa of Lane County (GLAD)
  • Lisa Arkin, Beyond Toxics
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Tish Hinojosa: A Night in Solidarity with P.C.U.N. Farmworkers Union and Immigrant Rights

November 21, 2017
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

EMU Ballroom
UO campus
Free Admission
Donations Appreciated
Families welcome

Featuring Nationally Renowned Tejana/Latina singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa

6:30 pm:  Springfield High School Mariachi del Sol

7 pm:  Tish Hinojosa Trio in Concert

A night in solidarity with P.C.U.N. Farmworkers Union and immigrant rights.

Sponsors include: UO Multicultural Center and MEChA, LCC Multicultural Center and MEChA, Beyond Toxics, Springfield-Eugene SURJ, Friends of Sanctuary, City-wide MEChA, CALC, Downtown Languages, UO Labor Education and Research Center, Grupo Latino Acción Directa de Lane County, UO Department of Education Studies.

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Colloquium “Farm Worker Futurism: Speculative technologies of resistance,” with author Curtis Marez

May 15, 2017
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

146 Crater Lake North
Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
1222 E. 13th Ave.
UO campus

Please join the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) and the Department of Ethnic Studies in this conversation with the author, Curtis Marez.

Farm Worker Futurism reveals that the historical role of technology has had much to do with depicting the lives of farm laborers—Mexican migrants in particular—in the United States. This book explores the friction between agribusiness and farm workers through the lens of visual culture. Here is a link to the introduction of his book:
https://www.academia.edu/31074624/_Introduction_Farm_Workers_in_the_Machine_Farm_Worker_Futurism_Speculative_Technologies_of_Resistance

Light refreshments will be available. Please contact CLLAS at cllas@uoregon.edu if you have questions.

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Documentary Screening: La Cosecha (The Harvest)

January 23, 2017
1:30 pmto3:00 pm

harvest_documentaryKnight Library
Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus
Free & open to the public

Documentary screening: La Cosecha (The Harvest)

This documentary addresses agricultural child labor in America.

This screening of The Harvest is part of CSWS’s day-long Lorwin Lecture Series of events focused on “Food First: Justice, Security, and Sovereignty,” which features Saru Jayaraman as keynote speaker. Jayaraman is the co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC, which now has more than 18,000 worker members, 200 employer partners, and several thousand consumer members in a dozen states nationwide.

Other events this day include: › Continue reading

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