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Rick Worthington Farm workers Tribunal
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: March 26, 2019

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Farmworkers Tribunal

Farmworkers will be in Washington Sate this week to discuss workplace conditions.

For the sixth year, farm laborers will deliver testimonies to tribunal judges.

Adrianne Sebastian with International Migrants Alliance, will be one of the judges. She said her role includes not only hearing about issues farmworkers face, but also finding solutions and making recommendations.

"How we can create a more equitable and sustainable, just food system," she said, "while also creating a platform to hear these community voices and the people most impacted."

Rosalinda Guillen with Community to Community Development, one of the organizations hosting the tribunal, said headway is being made on issues raised by farmworkers. Guillen noted that this is a way for workers to set the agenda.

"Legislative agenda from the bottom up or from the grassroots up," she said. "What do we need to do, what do community leaders need to do, what do farmworkers themselves need to do in the coming years to reach the desired goals - for justice, for safety and health, and economic viability for the community?"

Advocates say -- Farmworkers' concerns on the job are critical because of the vital role they play in the food system.

More information on the tribunal is available at foodjustice.org.

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