national farm workers' association

2dead2worry-deactivated20170402  asked:

I'm vegetarian, and try to be vegan at least one month out of the year (February lol) but recently I've heard a lot of admittedly brash assholes decry the wholesale farming practices and human rights abuses that are largely used to fuel the upper-class vegan lifestyle. Do you have an opinion about that?

I don’t know why these people act like they don’t eat vegetables and grains too (and if they actually don’t, they’re putting their health at serious risk). Not only that, but the ratio of grains, legumes, etc. fed to animals compared to the small output of meat and dairy they get from it means that non-vegans are actually consuming more of these crops by proxy than vegans are.

They also tend to completely ignore the fact that people working in slaughterhouses and rendering plants have a very high likelihood of being undocumented workers, which means they’re more susceptible to abuse by their bosses and unsafe working conditions, not to mention the fact that they tend to suffer mental health issues at higher rates due to the violent nature of their work. There are also the people who work on high concentration factory farms, poultry warehouses, feedlots, etc. who are exposed to such high levels of pollution from animal feces and urine that they end up developing various types of cancers, respiratory illness, and other diseases. 

I don’t know any vegans who aren’t poor, but this might be due to the fact that I’m poor, so most of the people I know are as well. I also don’t know of any vegans who don’t think about the plight of farm workers and try to avoid contributing to their suffering. Hell, the founders of the National Farm Workers Association, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, were/are both vegan because they saw a connection between the suffering of animals and the suffering of their people working in the fields. 

So my opinion on those people who tell you things like that is this: It’s classic projection. When confronted by the fact that they contribute to massive amounts of suffering in the world, they project that guilt onto you in an effort to neutralize it and avoid focusing on their own responsibility to consider their actions and change them as necessary. 

When you have a conflict, that means that there are truths that have to be addressed on each side of the conflict. And when you have a conflict, then it’s an educational process to try to resolve the conflict. And to resolve that, you have to get people on both sides of the conflict involved so that they can dialogue. - Dolores Huerta

Along with Cesar Chavez, Huerta co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which eventually became the United Farm Workers (UFW), in order to unite farmers into a union that fights to protect their rights. She is a labor leader and civil rights activist who has also advocated for immigrants’ and women’s rights, earning her the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and Presidential Medal of Freedom.

30 Who Would Never Make An Under 30 List

Forbes released its 30 Under 30 lists today, and I’d like to congratulate everyone who appeared. (A half-dozen are my friends.) This list, however, is for the rest of us. After the jump, 30 people who changed the world but who didn’t start receiving attention until they were over 30:

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

I'm confused with the "English only" thing with Bernie... I'm sorry can you explain it a little bit? 😬

It seems to have started with this tweet:

Dolores Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who was an early member of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. She is also a Hillary supporter. 

But then Video of the event emerged.

And then another

If you watch either of them you will notice the shouts are of “No” or “Neutral.”

The only time English-Only was uttered was by the Caucus Chair when he said, “We’re going forward in English only.”

This was followed with his instructions as to how to ensure that all Spanish-only speakers could be translated to. 

We, as Bernie Supporters, should in no way be proud of the fact that we effectively booed a Civil Rights Leader from the stage. But this is a situation that should have never happened in the first place, here is why. 

In areas with high concentrations of voters with limited English proficiency, The Voting Rights Act requires that translated voting materials and language assistance or interpretation services be available. Clark County, Nev., which includes Las Vegas, has been one of those places since the 2000 censes

Additionally, Federal funds were provided to Nevada to ensure compliance with the VRA under the Help America Vote Act.

The Democratic Party of Nevada should have provided a neutral translator for the caucus, since the law requires that it does so. This situation should have never taken place, a translator should have been provided in advance, not as an after thought

Which I guess leads me to wonder, why is it that no media outlet is highlighting that the Democratic Party of Nevada created this situation by not providing a translator, which is a violation of the Voter Rights Act?  

I just learned that Dolores Huerta is a vegetarian (not sure if vegan). She co-founded the National Farm Worker’s Association with César Chávez (who was vegan). 

More proof that a veg philosophy and farm workers’ rights go hand in hand, no matter what the anti-veg crowd tries to say.

¡Sí, se puede!