Worthy of honor and respect: the 2019 Farmworker March for Dignity / Noisy Waters Northwest

August 8, 2019 Dena Jensen

It’s been held for years. I have been to four. This year was the second time I’ve marched the full route. The annual Farmworker March for Dignity starts at dawn, with many people leaving their home destinations around 4:00 a.m., in carpools or individually, to arrive at shuttle locations and park their vehicles.

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Bellingham: The City of Insidious Discrimination / Noisy Waters Northwest

February 23, 2018  Dena Jensen

Monday February 19, 2018 was the one year anniversary of the Dignity Vigils in Bellingham, where community members have been gathering to stand in solidarity with undocumented and immigrant families and people as well as joining to stand against law enforcement and federal immigration collaboration which leads to deportation. These weekly events, part of the Keep Bellingham Families Working campaign, have been occurring every Monday during the lunch hour in front of civic buildings downtown, and often on Monday evenings at the WTA station on Railroad Avenue. Continue reading

Gerald Baron’s incorrect characterization and marginalization of Community to Community and FUJ’s efforts / Facebook post, Sj Robson

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August 13, 2017  Sandy Robson

The August 12, Seattle Times article provided a good report on the recent events surrounding Sarbanand Farms and the tragic death of H-2A farm worker Honesto Silva Ibarra. However, in the article, local public relations guru Gerald Baron took an opportunity to defend Sarbanand Farms, and to hurl accusations at two local organizations which are trying to help the fired and displaced H-2A farm workers. Continue reading

Joe Rogoff sounds off: Whole Foods talks, but will they listen? / Noisy Waters Northwest, Sandy Robson

 

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Familias Unidas por la Justicia President Ramon Torres, shown on left, Whole Foods Market Pacific Northwest Regional President Joe Rogoff, center, and Andrew Eckels, boycott organizer, right, at the May 11, 2016 Whole Foods Market store opening ceremony in Bellingham, WA. Photo credit James Leder

May 30, 2016  Sandy Robson

On May 19, 2016, I called Whole Foods Pacific Northwest Regional office and asked to speak to Joe Rogoff, President of the Pacific Northwest Region. I wanted to speak to him about the new Whole Foods Market store that opened in Bellingham, Washington, on May 11, 2016, and the protest by a delegation of farm workers and their supporters from the local community, that occurred during the store’s grand opening ceremony. Continue reading