Friday, February 19, 2010

The plight of dairy workers

The latest issue of UTNE READER shines light on the ugly truth about conditions dairy workers face in southeastern Washington -- and elsewhere in the US, too. It calls out specifically the plight of the workers at the Ruby Ridge dairy just north of Pasco, who were fired after they signed a request for a union vote.

These workers were exercisig rights given to them through the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Find it at

Articles 23 and 24 especially speak to their condition.

Who is looking out for these workers? Besides the good people at the Oregon Farm Workers Ministry? What do you say?

Before our nation shoves democracy down the throats of other nations, we must clean up the mess in our back yard.

Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. I want to live in an America where all the people can enjoy all the rights defined in the UN Declaration.

Peace, y'all

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