Campesino Power, 2014, pen on paper, digital color
Made for striking Sakuma farm-workers in Washington, this poster is creative commons, with an English version in gold, a Spanish version in red, and a free download link to the printable versions.
"Sakuma Brothers Berry Farm in Burlington, Washington has refused to recognize the rights of its employees for decades despite near-yearly labor disputes, worker hospitalizations due to chemical exposure, and consistent wage theft. In 2013, the 400+, largely-indigenous Mexican workforce had had enough. After six strikes throughout the summer failed to produce fair wages and decent living conditions, the workers decided to call upon the Northwest community for support through the boycott of Sakuma Berries and its major distributors Driscoll Berries and Häagen-Daz Ice Cream. The workers’ self-formed, independent union Familias Unidas por la Justicia (Families United for Justice) is fighting not only for their rights and the rights of their children, but also fighting for a fair and healthy food system for our country as a whole.
The industrial food complex wages genocide on true agriculture as if it were another plant disease to be eradicated by pesticides. Chemicals riddle our kitchen tables. Family farms diminish, their shuttered barns collapse under the influence of ‘modernity.’ Seeds lose their identity. All the while, agri-businesses like Sakuma Brothers gain a heady capital through the poverty of their employees, whose intensive manual labor concludes in an average farmworker life-span of fifty years.
Over 60% of the nation’s 1.4 million farm workers are foreign-born. Every year, families that are economically, politically and environmentally displaced from their communities migrate north, where they become second-class citizens forced into a cheap labor supply scheme shaped by poor immigration and labor laws. Those who work the land of opportunity must not remain invisible in our communities. The life they provide has been on our tables. It’s time we offer them a seat."
-words by Madeline McClure