March 19, 2015
ABOUT a month ago, I watched the investigative reporter Edward R. Murrow's 1960 CBS documentary, "Harvest of Shame," which brought me to tears. Unprecedented in its day, the award-winning documentary aired on Thanksgiving and put up a mirror showing what poverty and the plight of farmworkers looked like, not in a third-world country, but right here at home. From the opening scene, I was riveted. It looked like an open lot for livestock and it was packed with African-American men and women looking for work.
November 19, 2014 |
IT SEEMED simple enough. City Councilman Dennis O'Brien proposed a bill aimed at tackling the issue of notario fraud, or fraud committed by people who prey on immigrants by misrepresenting themselves as lawyers or by offering legal advice on immigration issues when they are not qualified to do so. Under O'Brien's bill, people and businesses seeking to perform immigration-assistance services, such as providing translation, would have to...
April 7, 2014 |
Local people don't like the job and don't stay long. They find out farming is "hard work - hot, dusty, and buggy," said Tom Sheppard, co-owner of Sheppard Farms and Eastern Fresh Growers in Cedarville, Cumberland County. "They're gone in a day or two. " That's why thousands of farmers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and across the country depend on migrant laborers from Mexico and other countries, and why they're pressing for immigration reform to facilitate guest-worker visas.
October 9, 2012 |
KEENE, Calif. - President Obama on Monday designated the home of labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument, calling Chavez a hero who brought hope to millions of poor, disenfranchised farmworkers who otherwise might have remained "invisible" to much of the nation. "Today, we celebrate Cesar Chavez," Obama said at a ceremony at La Paz, the California farmhouse where Chavez lived and worked for more than two decades. "Our world is a better place because Cesar Chavez decided to change it. " Chavez, who died in 1993 at age 66, is buried on the site where the monument was dedicated.
May 22, 2012 |
The Humpty Dumpty Institute, a New York nonprofit that forges public-private partnerships to solve humanitarian problems through a variety of programs, has elected Cosmo DeNicola to its board. He is chief sales and marketing officer with Futura Mobility, Philadelphia. Toni Pergolin was named to the board of Fulton Bank of New Jersey, Mount Laurel. Pergolin is president and CEO of Bancroft. Steven R. Cohenwas confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate to serve on the State Board of Psychology.
May 9, 2012 |
Karen Detamore, 62, a Philadelphia lawyer who was executive director of the Friends of Farmworkers from 1989 to 2009, died Tuesday, May 1, at her home in West Philadelphia. She had suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis. Ms. Detamore managed the Pennsylvania-wide program, based in Philadelphia, that provides legal services to indigent migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Throughout her career, Ms. Detamore worked to represent the disadvantaged. Inspired by anti-Vietnam protests while at Bryn Mawr College, she lived out "a concern about the plight of abused and low-wage workers.
May 3, 2012 |
Pennsylvania employers brought in 3,418 mostly unskilled foreign workers under the federal government's H-2B visa program during fiscal year 2012 to fill jobs they said U.S. citizens in Pennsylvania did not want. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa, which operates a state-licensed gambling casino at Farmington, Fayette County, was certified by the U.S. Department of Labor to bring in 98 foreign maids and housekeepers, and 34 dishwashers, for the biggest H-2B workforce in the state.
September 2, 2011 |
Sister Dorothy O'Brien, 74, an organizer of farmworkers in the Philadelphia region in 1975 and 1976 and an admissions and dormitory counselor at Rosemont College from 1976 to 1978, died of heart failure Saturday, Aug. 27, at a relative's home in Horsham. A member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus for 57 years, she was known during much of her career as Mother Mary Felice. Born in Philadelphia, she graduated from West Philadelphia Catholic Girls High School in 1954 and entered the religious life.
July 29, 2011
Richard Chavez, 81, who helped brother Cesar Chavez build the United Farmworkers of America, died Wednesday at a Bakersfield, Calif., hospital of complications from surgery, union spokeswoman Maria Machuca said. Born on the family homestead near Yuma, Ariz., the two brothers left farm work in 1949, spending a year working together in lumber mills in Northern California, Machuca said. Eventually dedicating himself to union work, Mr. Chavez organized the farmworkers' boycotts of California table grapes and other products in New York and Detroit during the 1960s and '70s.
August 1, 2010
Alvaro Huerta is a visiting scholar at UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center Forty years ago, workers in the United States won a great victory. On July 29, 1970, the United Farm Workers of America ended its successful grape boycott when the growers agreed to sign the first contract with the union. It seemed like an improbable outcome, as the battle pitted a mostly Mexican as well as Filipino immigrant workforce against powerful agricultural growers in California. Led by the late Cesar Chavez and tireless Dolores Huerta, the UFW was founded in the early 1960s in response to the inhumane working conditions for farmworkers in California and other states, such as Arizona, Texas, Florida, and Washington.