Washington officially recognizes Cesar Chavez Day

Washington now will recognize and observe the federal commemorative holiday for the labor activist.
Apr 2, 2018
Sakuma Bros. Farms entrance. (Photo by Ashley Stewart)

Sakuma Brothers workers set union vote, berry boycott ends

Familias Unidas por la Justicia also announced that while workers vote, the boycott of Sakuma Brothers' berries has been called off.
Sep 6, 2016
Strawberries from a U-pick farm. (Photo from Flickr by Perry)

Boycott berries? A third generation Sakuma Brothers worker weighs in

A labor dispute has spread from one of Washington's biggest berry farms to the world's largest berry distributor. Should you boycott Sakuma Brothers and Driscoll's?
May 30, 2016

Minority groups a focus in Seattle workers rights outreach grants

Women, workers of color, immigrant and refugee workers, LGBTQ workers, and youth are the most likely to experience labor standards violations.
Oct 1, 2015
Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was shot and killed by police in Pasco, WA on Feb. 10th, in an undated family photo.

No charges for police in fatal Pasco shooting; inquest scheduled

The February shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes was caught on cell phone video and was the fourth fatal police shooting in the Pasco area in six months.
Sep 9, 2015
Polish immigrants arriving in the U.S. around the turn of the century we're stereotyped as "farm people" and usually went straight to work as agricultural laborers or farmers. (Photo via Wikipedia)

Why today’s immigrants are shunning rural living

My friends are shocked to hear I’m considering doing something almost no immigrants do: moving to a rural area.
Jul 2, 2015

Visiting UW professor becomes nation’s first Latino poet laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera is the first Latino poet laureate of the United States.
Jun 11, 2015
Sakuma Bros. Farms entrance. (Photo by Ashley Stewart)

Farm workers get a big payout, but state labor protections still failing

A local berry farm is paying out close to a million dollars to workers it abused last year. But is Washington's complaint-based system for regulating farm labor really helping?
Jun 25, 2014
Founded in 1986, Equal Exchange it is the oldest and largest Fair Trade coffee company in the U.S. The company's highest paid employee may not make more than four times what the lowest paid employee does. (Photo by Anna Goren)

Confusion on aisle four: Making sense of fair trade food labeling

In a confusing world of food marketing where ‘gluten-free’ is mistaken as a panacea for health and ‘free-range’ might mean that a chicken stepped outside of it’s cage into a patch of grass for ten minutes, we have every right to believe that we’re misinformed about what we eat. It’s hard enough out there for a well-meaning […]
May 9, 2014
Mailarie Muñoz, age 16 (center) and Jennifer Bravo, age 16 (right), during the intermediate Mariachi class program at Wenatchee High School. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Wenatchee’s Mariachi youth keep the beat of success

A high-school program called Mariachi Huenachi in Wenatchee is not only producing fine music, it’s helping students do better in school.
Apr 18, 2014
Author Seth Holmes (center) with Triqui family in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Who’s picking your produce?

Washington native Seth Holmes spent five years conducting research farm workers in Skagit Valley berry farms and found a disturbing pattern of "normalized" abuse.
Feb 24, 2014
Steve Sakuma, who handed over the reigns as CEO of Sakuma Brothers to Danny Weeden last year. (File photo by Ashley Stewart)

Sakuma speaks up: Farm labor pariah defends his family’s business

How an immigrant-owned family farm became a flashpoint for labor activism.
Feb 10, 2014

Top 3 ways Seattle can take our local food movement global

The hundred mile diet and eating organic are great. But foodies should think deeper if they want to make a real difference.  
Mar 6, 2013
Farm laborers harvest asparagus in Eastern Washington. Many of the low-wage migrant laborers that harvest our fruits and vegetables depend on food stamp programs that are on the chopping block in the proposed version of the Farm Bill (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Why the food fight over the Farm Bill matters to you

The Farm Bill is a classic democratic-process-headache: a 1,000 page piece of legislation that takes on all things food and agriculture related. It covers everything from food stamps to farmland conservation to nutrition programs to farm subsidies. Past versions have mostly benefited big farmers of soy, corn, and other commodity crops, along with large corporations […]
Jul 18, 2012

Poster campaign targets human trafficking along I-5

The border with Canada, international port, and farm work make Washington State a hot spot for slavery and human trafficking. But our state is also a leader in innovative anti-trafficking action. The State Attorney General’s office website boasts that, “Washington was the first state to pass a law criminalizing human trafficking and we have the most stringent […]
May 22, 2012