Farmworker Rights

Food First: Justice, Security, and Sovereignty

January 23, 2017
10:00 amto11:30 am
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

saru-posterKnight Library
Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid St.
Free & open to the public

The third in the Center for the Study of Women in Society’s series of 2016-17 Lorwin endowed lectures invites reflections and debate around the themes of food justice, food sovereignty, and food security. More broadly, the conversation will explore the nuances of each of these aspects of food studies and how they either engage with each other or fail to do so. In general, the dialogue will examine the roots of and continued “environmental vulnerability, social and economic inequity of the corporate food regime.” (Holt-Jimenez 2010).

Opening Panel: (10:00–11:30 am). The opening panel brings together advocates for farmworker rights, food sovereignty and food security under the rubric of “food first/first food.” The panel will feature speakers and advocates from the Pacific Northwest who are active in education, urban food systems, ecological restoration, first foods revitalization, Native youth environmental justice, and stewardship. Panelists include:

  • Sarah Cunningham, Graduate Program Coordinator, Anthropology, and Program Coordinator, Food in Culture and Social Justice, Oregon State University
  • Marissa Garcia, Executive Director, Huerto de la Familia (Eugene)
  • Ramón Ramirez, President—Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
  • Brett Ramey – Director, Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, University of Washington

Lorwin Lecture Series: Saru Jayaraman
Keynote: (3:30–5 pm). “Forked: A New Standard for American Dining” › Continue reading

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UO Today with Mario Sifuentez – YouTube

Published on Nov 2, 2016
Mario Sifuentez

Mario Sifuentez

Mario Sifuentez, assistant professor of History at UC-Merced. Sifuentez grew up in rural Eastern Oregon from a family of immigrant farm workers from Mexico. A first-generation college student, he attended the University of Oregon and graduated with a triple major in Political Science, History, and Ethnic Studies. Sifuentez returned to the U of O on October 28th, 2016 to speak about his recently released book Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest.

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Mexican Bracero Food and Foodways: New Mexico and West Texas, 1942-1964

October 6, 2016
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

Browsing Room
Knight Library
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus

photo-2Please join us October 6, 2016 from 4:00-5:30 in the Browsing Room of the Knight Library for this presentation by Juan Manuel Mendoza Guerrero, Autonomous University of Sinaloa, Mexico

Food was a central concern for the Mexican workers who arrived to the U.S. under the so-called Bracero Program (BP), from 1942-1964 and “braceros’” decisions about migrating, remaining, or returning to their home country. Food was a source of diplomatic controversy between the signatory countries to the BP; at the same time, food served as raw material for those sectors of U.S. society that were opposed to this massive immigration coming from Mexico. Southern New Mexico and West Texas formed a region of intense immigration of Mexican laborers, attracted by the cultivation of cotton, alfalfa, and vegetables. Unlike in California, the food patterns of laborers in this region were influenced by the proximity to Mexico, by the size of farms (smaller than in California), and by the existence of people of Mexican origin who acted as employers. While bracero food in this area did not escape the influence of U.S. national guidelines, which sought to make the tastes and preferences of braceros consistent with “scientific” food, bracero eating habits were a dynamic reflecting disadvantages such as low wages and vulnerabilities in hiring with the ability to cook for themselves and the reality of having Mexico nearby. › Continue reading

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Mario Sifuentez: Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest

October 28, 2016
12:00 pmto1:30 pm

Knight Library,
Browsing Room

Mario Sifuentez

Mario Sifuentez

Speaker: Mario Sifuentez, Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced

Lecture title: “Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest”

Lecture date: Friday, October 28, 12-1:30 PM, Knight Browsing Room

Professor Mario Sifuentez, a UO alum, will be giving a public talk about his new book, Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest,on Friday October 28. The book includes several chapters on Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), the Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United organization whose papers are housed in UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. › Continue reading

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Peasant Agroecology for Food Sovereignty and Mother Earth: Voices from the Via Campesina Movement

May 2, 2016
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

Lawrence 115
1190 Franklin Blvd.
UO campus
Website: friendsatc.org/tour/

Facebook: facebook.com/events/249070045442355/ 

2016-Speaking-Tour-768x576La Via Campesina is an international social movement made up of peasants, agricultural workers, women farmers, fishermen and women, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, and migrants around the world. This movement coined the term food sovereignty, or the right of all peoples to define their own local, culturally appropriate food systems. Agroecology, a form of low-input, politicized, context-specific sustainable agriculture, is seen as a key pillar to constructing food sovereignty.

Presenters Marlen Sánchez and Nils McCune (both of the Nicaraguan Via Campesina organization, the Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo) will highlight the work of Via Campesina to construct the Instituto Agroecológico Latinoamericano (IALA) Mesoamérica, or the Latin American Institute of Agroecology of Mesoamerica in Santo Tomás, Nicaragua. While IALAs exist in other parts of Latin America, this would be the first regional, agroecology peasant university of its kind for Central America. Sánchez and McCune will also talk about how agroecology can be used as a tool to fight climate change, to create gender equity, resist neoliberal capitalism, and facilitate re-peasantization. › Continue reading

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Dr. Seth Holmes: “When Social and Health Inequalities are Normal: the Farm, the Clinic and the Media”

January 8, 2016
4:00 pmto5:00 pm

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Condon Hall 330
1321 Kincaid St.
UO campus

Cultural Anthropology Talk presents Dr. Seth Holmes

Dr. Seth Holmes, Martin Sisters Endowed Chair Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California-Berkeley, will speak on “When Social and Health Inequalities are Normal: the Farm, the Clinic and the Media” in a talk comparing his research with indigenous Mexican migrant farmworkers with Syrian refugees in Germany now.

 

 




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