Roots to Branches: The History and Reality of the Farmworkers Movement

April 25, 2014

During lunch on Wednesday, March 26th, the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) hosted a seminar and discussion on the U.S. farm worker’s movement in honor of the upcoming Cesar Chavez Day, March 31st. OID’s own Sumun Pendakur gave a brief seminar of the movement, discussing previous working conditions, union formation, worker civil rights, strikes (huelga) and protests. She then introduced the guest speaker, Professor Suyapa Portillo Villeda.

IMG_0464Portillo, a Professor of Chicano/a-Latino/a Transnational Studies at neighboring Pitzer College, lectured on the current international farm workers movements in developing countries such as Mexico and Honduras. Both Pendakur and Portillo left off with the introduction of some resources with which one can get involved. Listed below are some of the resources they mentioned in their closing.

To help with the International Peasant’s Movement, please visit viacampesina.org/en/

To help build a world free from Monsanto, please visit combat-monsanto.co.uk/

Article written by: Graham Gordon ’15

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