Farmworker Rights

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


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




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.



“Violence, Money, and Piracy in the Homeland of Chocolate: Colonial Guatemala’s Bittersweet Legacy”

April 8, 2015
12:00 pmto2:00 pm
Kathryn Sampeck

Kathryn Sampeck

375 McKenzie Hall
1101 Kincaid St.
UO campus

A Talk by Dr. Kathryn Sampeck

These days, chocolate is a fairly unremarkable part of our daily lives. We have many ideas that we associate with it—what color it is, how it should taste, what kinds of foods it should be part of. All of these qualities seem natural, intrinsic. Little would you suspect that chocolate has a colonial past that involved some of the greatest horrors of Spanish America. The fresh view of chocolate’s history offered in this presentation draws from archaeology, notarial archives, and popular imagery and material culture to understand the complex connections of pre-Columbian origins and colonial incarnations of cacao production and commerce. › Continue reading

CAPACES Leadership Institute 3rd anniversary celebration

August 9, 2014
4:00 pmto7:00 pm

thumbs_cli-hand-rendering_no_logos356 Young St.
Woodburn, OR  97071

The CAPACES Leadership Institute is a non-profit organization based in Woodburn, Oregon that was founded to prepare leaders with the political consciousness and capacity needed to lead and support social justice work. The Institute is a permanent part of the Oregon farmworker movement, led by Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN).

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Michael Fakhri Book Event

December 2, 2014
4:30 pmto5:30 pm

Michael Fakhri bookcoverWayne Morse Commons
Knight Law Center
1515 Agate

The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics invites you to join them for a celebration of Michael Fakhri’s new book, Sugar and the Making of International Trade Law. This book traces the changing meanings of free trade over the past century through three sugar treaties (one in Cuba) and their concomitant institutions. It highlights how the line between the state and market, domestic and international, and public and private is always a matter of contest.

Michael Fakhri is an assistant professor at the University of Oregon School of Law and a 2011-12 Wayne Morse Resident Scholar. His research and teaching interests are in international trade law, trade and development in the Middle East, and international legal history.

Remarks by Fakhri and Ibrahim Gassama will be followed by a book signing and reception.

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Documenting Dignity: Farmworker Testimony & Collaborative Research

May 8, 2014
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Scher_Daria_Poster_WEBErb Memorial Union
Walnut Room
1222E. 13th Ave.

CLLAS Faculty / Collaborative Research Grantee Presentation

with Phil Scher, associate professor, UO Department of Anthropology, and James Daria, graduate student

Oregon’s farmworkers are subject to powerful economic, political, spatial, and discursive practices that render them invisible, thus facilitating their exploitation and reproducing the structures of symbolic violence that furthers their social suffering. In spite of their invisibility, farmworkers demonstrate enormous political agency and collectively organize to defend their rights. A worker-led movement of striking mushroom pickers in Salem, Oregon in 2001 demonstrates this. Through collaborative research with workers who led the movement and the Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) union, this investigation brings the voices of these workers to the forefront through the documentary medium. Collaborative research and new and participatory forms of social media offer exciting avenues for documenting and disseminating farmworker testimony.

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