GGJ Sends Solidarity to Familias Unidas por la Justicia

Grassroots Global Justice sends solidarity to Familias Unidas por la Justicia in their struggle for a just wage, dignity, and a fair food system.

From Familias Unidas por la Justicia:

“We are 300+ predominantly Triqui and Mixteco people; Spanish is our second or third language. We travel with our families from California to pick berries throughout the West Coast. Many of us have been coming to Skagit County to pick Strawberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries for Sakuma Bros. Farms for years. Every year that we have been coming to Sakuma Farms we have tried to ask for better wages, housing, and treatment from the Sakuma Family.”- Familias Unidas por la Justicia statement

As we enter the months of the berry harvest in Northwest Washington, a newly formed farm worker organization, Familias Unidas por la Justicia needs your support more than ever.

Your continued support helps Familias Unidas por la Justicia to meet with and educate the public about their struggle and to continue to fight disinformation campaigns by highly paid Public Relations consultants that will stop at nothing to hurt the cause of Familias Unidas por la Justicia, who seeks to exercise their dignity and gain a valid labor contract.

So far there have been six farmworker organized strikes since July 11, 2013. Negotiations broke down between the Sakuma management and Familias Unidas por la Justicia as external consultant smear campaigns intensified and announced the arrival of H2A workers, who were obligated by contract to continue working while local farmworker families were on strike. We have recently received information that Sakuma Bros. Berry Farm, which supplies Haagen-Dazs, Yoplait Yogurt, and Driscolls Berries, has applied to the H2A program for this upcoming harvest putting at risk the displacement of over 400 workers. In order for Familias Unidas por la Justicia to have any chance of returning to work they need to negotiate on an equal level with Sakuma Bros. Farm. The Familias Unidas Worker Committee has called on a boycott of all of their products in order for them to return to the negotiating table.

We believe in the creation of a just food system, and the honoring of the many years of knowledge that Familias Unidas por la Justicia represents to our local and food economy. The work that they do is incredibly physically demanding and requires agricultural knowledge that few of us actually possess. We support their decision to valuate their own labor, and make a fair and decent living from that labor. We will honor the boycott for as long as Familias Unidas requests, and share their updates and information as it is available to us.

For more information:  www.boycottsakumaberries.com or Visit our Facebook: Familias Unidas Por La Justicia