Worker Justice Is Environmental Justice

For THREE decades, thousands of Latin American immigrant and guest workers have performed much of the most grueling work in Oregon’s forests. Many have been EXPLOITED, INTIMIDATED and subjected to DANGEROUS working conditions, but widespread fear of RETALIATION has kept the ABUSE in the shadows.

America’s farm workers have been asking for pesticide drift protections since the 1970’s. Here we are, nearly 50 years later, and in Oregon, our worker protection agency is ignoring the plea for pesticide safety in worker housing located within farming operations. On July 2nd, 2017 Oregon OSHA adopted their Worker Protection Standards for farm workers and pesticides. | MORE->>

Beyond Toxics Statement on Oregon OSHA Farm Worker and Pesticide Rule

Latest blogs on farm worker rights and Oregon OSHAs rule changes:

Farm workers deserve better pesticide rules
December 5, 2017 – By Lisa Arkin, David Vázquez and Raoul Liévanos
More than 1 billion pounds of poisonous pesticides are applied on farms annually in the United States, resulting in as many as 20,000 physician-diagnosed poisonings annually among agricultural workers.

Oregon Farm Workers Are Fighting for Their Lives
November 9, 2017 – By Lisa Arkin


Timber’s fallen: A three-part investigative series on Oregon’s reforestation workers
by Emily Green | Feb 2016

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“Fairness for the Land and the Worker” – 2015 Oregon Environmental Justice Forum

See video clips from the event…

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  2. Panel Presentations

1) Introduction by Joel Iboa, for Beyond Toxics; followed by Dagoberto Morales, Director of UNETE Center for Farmworker Advocacy (YouTube)

2) 2nd and 3rd speakers: Ramon Ramirez, PCUN President and Carmen Gonzalez, PCUN Pesticide Educator (YouTube)

3) 4th speaker: Carl Wilmsen, Exec. Director, NW Forest Worker Center (YouTube)

See the YouTube Playlist of all 3 video clips

Public Testimony/Narratives

Gladys Garcia’s testimony (YouTube clip)


Photos

Marisela spoke about er experience as a worker in the grape fields of Southern Oregon.

Marisela spoke about er experience as a worker in the grape fields of Southern Oregon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Arkin, Beyond Toxics Exec. Director, shared her expertise with the EJ Task Force

Lisa Arkin, Beyond Toxics Exec. Director, shared her expertise with the EJ Task Force

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Date: Friday, September 25, 2015…

PANEL
Joel Iboa, Beyond Toxics, Environmental Justice and Community Outreach Manager
Ramón Ramírez, Executive Director PCUN / Carmen Gonzalez, PCUN Pesticide Educator
Carl Wilmsen, Executive Director NFWC
Dagoberto Morales, Executive Director, UNETE
Lisa Arkin, Executive Director, Beyond Toxics

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Photos from the conference (by Natalie Hardwicke, University of Oregon)

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