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Founded in the 1920′s as a security force for the Ku Klux Klan, The Black Legion were a white supremacist organisation, prevalent in the Midwest of the United States. By the mid-1930′s, they had accumulated 20,000 to 30,000 members, mainly lower-class Southern Protestant whites. They perpetrated violence predominantly against African Americans, who they felt had stolen their jobs while completely disregarding that they lacked any useful skills for said jobs. They also targeted Catholics, Jews, labor unions, farm cooperatives and fraternal groups.

On 12 May, 1936, the organisation kidnapped Charles A. Poole, a Works Progress Administration organiser. Poole, a French Catholic, had married a Protestant. They shot him dead and it was this murder that eventually led to their downfall. It is believed that they killed up to fifty people in Detroit alone.

Children of farm workers! Please don’t let your parents struggles go unnoticed! The hardest thing for undocumented workers is to speak out; whether it be from fear or embarrassment, which is why their children, our youth, need to demand justicia. Especially for our our hermanas who have been sexually harassed out in the fields. Survey says 90% of the farm working women in California have listed sexual harassment as a major problem. These women are exploited and traumatized. An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawyer in Fresno, CA said that hundreds and thousands of women had to have sex with supervisors to get or keep jobs and/or put up with grabbing and touching and propositions for sex by supervisors. Undocumented female farm workers are often times too scared to speak up for fear of getting deported. We have to be the voice, we have to speak up for them and let their stories be heard. Give them a chance to demand rights and let them be heard. Use your platforms. These are not just some immigrants picking your food, these are real people.

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A steady rain falls on velvet green terraces, releasing a powerful scent of newly harvested tea. A ripple of voices tumbles down the hillside as a man barks orders.

The tea pickers, all women, many in bare feet, expertly navigate the leech-infested slopes. Balancing hampers on their backs loaded with freshly plucked tea leaves, they descend for their morning tea break.

It could be a scene out of the 19th century, when the estates of the southern Indian state of Kerala were first cultivated on the mist-shrouded highlands of Munnar. Today, the manicured tea terraces sprawl across the landscape.

The verdant bushes grow year round, spilling down the hills to meet the curving roads. The beauty of these gardens belies the hardships of workers, who produce nearly 50 million pounds of tea a year here at the Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company.

For all the timelessness of the place, there’s a very modern twist — the tea pickers have defied the male hierarchy of trade unions who represent tea workers and stood up for their rights.

Indeed, life on tea estates reflects the economic and social challenges facing women across India.

Female Tea Workers In One Indian State Fight For Their Rights

Photos: Julie McCarthy/NPR

“90% OF EUROPE’S NEW POWER CAME FROM RENEWABLES LAST YEAR”

  According to new data released by WindEurope, almost 90% of new power
in Europe came from renewable sources in 2016. This news comes as wind
energy overtakes coal as the EU’s second largest power source.
  Out of 24.5 GW of new power capacity built across the European Union
in 2016, around 21.1 GW was from wind, solar, biomass and hydro,
surpassing the record of 79% achieved in 2014. In 2016, Germany was
the country that installed the most new wind farms while France, the
Netherlands, Finland, Ireland and Lithuania all set new records for
wind farm installations.
  However in 2015, the total new power capacity was 3% in 2015. Only the
surge in offshore wind farms (which happen to be twice as expensive as
those built on land) built by Britain created an Euorpe-wide
investment record of €27.5bn (£23bn).
  “The installation numbers for now look OK, and the investment number
is very good,” said Giles Dickson, chief executive of WindEurope. “But
on the longer term outlook, only seven out of the EU’s 28 countries
have clear policies and volumes [for wind power] in place for the
period beyond 2020.
  “We today see less political and policy ambition for renewables than
we did five or even three years ago, across the member states.”

Read more about this fascinating story at: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/09/new-energy-europe-renewable-sources-2016

Image Source: Pixabay

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Today I marched with my sister, the Chavez family and many others to commemorate the March Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers Union did back in 1966. -
Cesar Chavez and the farm workers union marched 300 miles from Delano CA to Sacramento CA. When marching, my sister & I were closer to the elders who watched their fathers, their mothers, their uncles, their aunts, their cousins march with Cesar Chavez. I am so honored to have met these people. Though they were getting frustrated with the lack of chanting towards the back, they were talking and joking with my sister & I, making us damn hungry for some tacos lmao. We chanted as loud as we can with them and laughed as they were telling the people in the back that they would get the chancla if they don’t chant louder. I’m so happy to have made them proud. I’ll never forget this day. So proud to be xicana.
“Do you know why I throw up the fist?”
“Cause you’re down for the brown!”
“Hell yeah! Ejole at least they know!”

Today in labor history, September 8, 1965: Filipino American grape workers walk out on strike against Delano, California, table and wine grape growers, protesting years of poor pay and working conditions. Latino farm workers soon joined them, and the strike and subsequent boycott lasted more than five years. In 1970, growers signed their first union contracts with the United Farm Workers union, which included better pay, benefits, and protections.

In 2010, the world used about 63,000 tons of antibiotics each year to raise cows, chickens and pigs. That’s roughly twice as much as the antibiotics prescribed by doctors globally to fight infections in people. Here’s another reason to be vegan.“We have huge amounts of antibiotic use in the animal sector around the world, and it’s set to take off in a major way in the next two decades,” says Ramanan Laxminarayan, who directs the Center for Disease Dynamics Economics & Policy in Washington, D.C. With half of the world’s pigs living in China, the country tops the list as the biggest antibiotic consumer in farming. The European Union banned the use of antibiotics to boost animals’ growth in 2006. At first, the ban had little effect on the amount of drugs given to pigs. But the U.S. isn’t far behind in second place, using about 10 percent of the world’s total. Brazil, India and Germany round out the top five for farm animal consumption of antibiotics. What frightens Laxminarayan is the huge rise in farm drug use, especially in middle-income countries. “We project in the next 20 years, world consumption of antibiotics in animals will go up by two-thirds,” he says. “The implications for the effectiveness of our antibiotics could be quite devastating.” As people around the world get richer, they want to eat more meat. Who can blame them, right? But all those extra chicken wings and pork chops come primarily from factory farms. We can talk about hormones at another time.

Due to recent events

All farming and ranching posts will be tagged with stop bill 6. Bill 6 is legislation to be put in place that with effective ruin family run farms. The bill will put an end to: communal brandings, minors riding horse back while moving cattle, mirrors riding in farm equipment. It will put in place laws allowing random farm inspections, unionization of farm employees, limiting work days to only 12 hours, restricting minors from being more than 50 feet away from the house. I’m asking my followers farmers and city folk alike to share #stopbill6 in an attempt to save family farms from becoming a memory.