The 150 Walkers for Truth, Justice, and Community linked up with over 100 members of Oregon's farmworker union PCUN for a colorful, solidarity march through Woodburn Tuesday evening. The walkers were put up for the night and hosted at PCUN' s labor hall in another astonishing example that another world of unity is possible. |
After a excellent meal and great dancing from the PCUN children's dance team, two workers from the Three Mile Canyon dairy in Boardman spoke about their three year struggle for union recognition, led by the UFW, PCUN's sister organization. One key organizer told of being isolated, forbidden to speak to anyone on the job, sent out to work alone in isolated fields at the height of Eastern Oregon's summer, without water, food, or facilities. Finally he was fired from the dairy, the third largest dairy in the US, where the concentration of ammonium and methane gas reaches toxic levels. This worker, Alessandro, continues to go door to door in Boardman, organizing for the union. "Slavery exists at Three Mile Dairy," he said in Spanish."If Bush wants to promote democracy in Iraq, he should start right here. And he should know this: We're not going anywhere!"
[ Rural Organizing Project | PCUN ]