Combating Slavery in the Fields.
A conversation with state Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, about two bills she is spearheading in Washington state’s legislature: one to ban discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status, in areas such as employment, services and housing, and another one to help combat slavery, peonage, and human traffic. In both bills, she is facing a backlash from Republican leaders.
Guest: Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, Washington State Senator, D-Seattle, Olympia, WA.
Domestic Workers in Mexico Win Protections. A national leader of domestic workers in Mexico explains the progress made to legislate rights and protections for, and end labor discrimination against domestic workers. Some bills are moving forward in the new Congress, the new administration is ratifying ILO’s Convention 189 and an experimental program to extend domestic workers health benefits is under way.
Guest: Marcelina Bautista, Director, Centro de Apoyo y Capacitación para Empleadas del Hogar, México City/Los Angeles, CA
Organic Farming Boom. An organic farmer whose organic farming business grew exponentially in a few years talks about the economic opportunities that are opening for California as a result of the growing demand of organic food. Also, when California expands the farming surface for organic products, the state wins a cleaner environment and better health.
Guest: Javier Zamora, Owner, JSM Organics, Watsonville, CA.
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