The board of the National Farm Worker Ministry – representing 30-plus denominations, Catholic orders, and faith bodies – invites you to join them at their semi-annual board meeting in Bellingham, WA to learn from, and lend support to, workers employed by Sakuma Brothers Farms – one of the largest berry growers in the state. These workers have been struggling since 2013 against abuses that include wage theft and payment of illegal, sub-minimum wages; racist remarks; illegal surveillance; illegal firings; and inhumane living conditions. In 2013 the workers formed a union, the Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) AFL-CIO and called for a boycott of Sakuma.
You are invited to support these farm workers, learn more about their struggle, and join NFWM board members for one or both of the following events.
- Friday, July 10, 6:30pm: Learn from members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia about their struggle and their plans. Location: Western Washington University’s Viking Union, Room 462 A.
- Saturday, July 11: FUJ and supporters will hold a 3-mile march at Sakuma Bros. Farm headquarters near Burlington, WA. The march is scheduled to start at 11:00am and conclude by 2:00pm. Either meet up in Burlington or you may take a shuttle from Bellingham. (Details are still being arranged.)
For more information as it becomes available, please contact Edie Rasell, UCC Minister for Economic Justice and board member, National Farm Worker Ministry.