Hundreds of farm workers marched through various cities in Baja California last week demanding better wages and working conditions at the labor camps in the San Quintin Valley. PHOTO: DAVID BACON.
Saturday April 4, 2015
From 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon
3939 E. Hueneme Road
Oxnard, CA 93033
A caravan with FIOB members will depart from L.A at 7:00 am. 2858 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005.
Members of the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations (FIOB) and the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) are holding a demonstration in front of Driscoll’s branch in Oxnard this Saturday April 4, 2015 in support of the San Quintin Farm Workers demanding better wages and working conditions.
Driscoll imports strawberries from BerryMex-Moramex, one of the agribusiness accused by San Quintin laborers with violating working and human rights in the San Quintin Valley, in the neighboring state of Baja California.
Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are some of the products grown in the area as well as tomatoes, peas, squash, Brussel sprout, pepper, carrots, broccolli and green onions.
Around 27 % of the strawberry exports from Mexico come from Baja California.
According to newspaper reports, around 80,000 men, women and children, mostly indigenous people from the states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, Chiapas, and Veracruz, work in the San Quintin Valley.
The eight-hour pay for farm workers ranges between $7.66 to $8.66 but laborers want at least $13.33 (200 pesos).
FIOB supports the Alliance of National, State and Municipal Organizations for Social Justice, representing thousand or workers seeking better working conditions. FIOB has members in Los Angeles, San Diego, Oxnard, Fresno, and Santa María, California.
MICOP organizes and supports the indigenous migrant community in the Ventura County.