Farmworker Rights

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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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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