On Tuesday afternoon, marchers visited Campo Azul, a migrant labor campt just outside Scholls. The camp currently houses 114 workers and about 30 children in conditions that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has declared unliveable. |
Workers live here year-round, which directly violates labor camp restrictions that allow such housing for a maximum of nine months of the year total. The small houses are neither insulated nor heated.
Though conditions at this camp now, they thave been worse. About a year ago, local activist Joe Stark helped convince the Tigard Church of God to donate almost $5000 to improve the conditions at the camp. Later, Mary Sackoff, wife of the owner of West Hills development, donated all the materials necessary to insulate and wire the houses.
Even with these generous donations, the dwellings still lack heat and are in general disrepair. The owner of the camp has done nothing to improve conditions there, though he collects $100 in rent from each resident every month.