This update from our allies in Jobs with Justice
The following is a report from Andrew Eckels of Community to Community Development before the death of one of the farmworkers over the weekend:
Seventy farmworkers working under H2a visas at Sarbanand Farms in Sumas have stopped work and urgently need your support today.
One worker collapsed in the fields from the heat two days ago and is on life support in Harborview Hospital (in Seattle). Another worker collapsed in the heat yesterday.
Workers don’t have enough food and are being overworked and mistreated.
Seventy workers refused to work this morning and the company fired them and kicked them out of their housing.
Workers are calling on supporters to come picket at the farm at 4625 Rock Road, Sumas, WA as soon as possible. (Sumas is in Whatcom County northeast of Bellingham and Lynden near the Canadian border.)
UPDATE 8/10/17 The local community, led by Community to Community Development, is responding to the needs of the fired workers. There is currently an encampment supporting 120+ male workers from Mexico in Sumas. These workers are in complete limbo since they have no connections here locally.
So far, the community has responded with tents, sleeping bags, food, generators, port-a-potties and more. It is expected that the encampment will be necessary for at least one week.
If you would like to help here is how you can do so:
Get in the know. Follow Community to Community Development (C2C) on their website, www2.foodjustice.org and on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Community2Community
Consider making a financial donation to C2C-a women-led grassroots organization dedicated to food sovereignty and immigrant rights. Checks can be mailed to: Community to Community Development, 203 West Holly, Suite 317, Bellingham, WA 98225 OR donate online www.foodjustice.org.
Drop off needed donations at Francis Place, 1122 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, 98225
- Men’s socks
- Men’s underwear
- Men’s deodorant
- Men’s jackets
- Extension cords
- Big lights
The encampment is currently good on food but we will be sending an update later in the week.
Catholic Community Services continues to support Farm Workers throughout the region in housing, through parishes, food banks, and more! Thanks for your support of this movement!
Also, please call the farm labor contractor and demand no reprisals be taken against the workers and that this activity not affect their status in the U.S.
TO DONATE - send money to Community to Community Development: https://foodjustice.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/contribute/transact
More information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Community2Community/
And from The Stand: http://www.thestand.org/2017/08/080817-news/
Labor & Industries investigating (from the Seattle Times 8/10/17)
US DOL investigating (Bellingham Herald 8/10/17)
WA farmworkers death motivates march protest (Pacific NW News)
- Call Nidia Perez – 661.725.8458