La industria de las fresas en California está adicta a peligrosos pesticidas

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English article available here

Extractos de Artículo:

  • La industria de fresas de $2.6 billones de California depende de un tipo de pesticidas llamados fumigantes, que han sido relacionados con el cáncer, problemas de desarrollo y el agotamiento del ozono.
  • Se suponía que el bromuro de metilo, el fumigante preferido en la industria, iba a ser prohibido en 2005 pero los productores de fresas de California son en gran medida los únicos que todavía lo usan en el mundo desarrollado.
  • Cuando se acercaba la prohibición, los reguladores estatales de pesticidas permitieron a los productores pasar por alto los límites de salud con otro fumigante, 1,3-D, a pesar de las preocupaciones de los científicos estatales.
  • La decisión incrementó el riesgo del cáncer para la gente que vive en más de 100 comunidades de California, según lo demuestran documentos y entrevistas.
  • La producción de fresas puede ser un negocio que no perdona. La fruta es frágil y las tierras son caras, entonces los productores rocían el suelo con fumigantes para quitar toda vida posible debajo de la superficie, una especie de política de seguro contra plagas futuras.A pesar de que las fresas ocupan menos del 1% del total de las tierras de cultivo de California, representan al menos 8% de los pesticidas usados en el estado. Los tres códigos postales del estado con el mayor uso de pesticidas están en dos de los mejores condados para la producción de fresas, Ventura y Monterey.
  • Los fumigantes no dejan residuos en las frutas y no presentan riesgos para los consumidores. Pero aun cuando son usados correctamente, se convierten en gases difíciles de controlar que flotan en el aire, afectando a trabajadores y residentes. Han sido relacionados con el cáncer, problemas de desarrollo y el agujero en la capa de ozono.Autoridades estatales de salud pública clasifican a los fumigantes como bromuro de metilo, metam sodio y cloropicrina entre los más peligrosos potencialmente para trabajadores y vecinos.
  • En la costa de Oxnard, la Río Mesa High School está encajonada por los cuatro costados por campos de fresas. Está más rodeada por varios de los pesticidas más peligrosos que cualquier otra escuela del estado. Aquí los productores sobrepasaron los límites de salud originales de 1,3-D 10 veces en 12 años.
  • El equilibrio entre la agricultura y la salud pública juega un rol muy fuerte aquí. La ciudad costera de más de 200,000 residentes, una extraña mezcla de cul-de-sacs y agricultura, está a sólo 35 millas de los límites de la ciudad de Los Angeles.

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OXNARD 2/28/15, Pesticidas En El Pueblo – Teatro gratuito acerca del ‘milagro’ toxico

OXNARD 2/28/15, Pesticides Next Door – Public theatre performance on the toxic “miracle”

 

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Join Tides Theatre (San Francisco) and the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) for a FREE public performance of “Alicia’s Miracle,” a play written by Octavio Solis in response to a groundbreaking investigation into the strawberry industry’s reliance on dangerous pesticides.

Performance schedule:
1pm: “Alicia’s Miracle,” a play by Octavio Solis
2pm: Discussion with cast and CIR reporters
3pm: “Alicia, Tu Milagro,” en Español
4pm: Discusión con el reparto y periodistas de CIR

California’s strawberry growers, especially in Oxnard, rely on extremely heavy amounts of toxic pesticides to gain large profits through the cheap production of fruit for sale across the United States. However, the costs of this $2.6 billion industry have been a burden for our environment as well as for our community, not only in the fields but in our neighborhoods and our children’s schools. The use of these chemicals has resulted in large amounts of respiratory disorders, cancer, birth defects, and illness.

The play will include two performances, one in English and one in Spanish, followed by discussions with the cast and CIR staff. There will also be a workshop by California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) on pesticides and farmworker rights. Come and learn about this issue of major importance which affects our community every single day.

RESIDENTS OF OXNARD, EL RIO, SANTA PAULA, FILLMORE: To receive information about the kinds of pesticides used near you, send a text with the word "pesticide" to 877-877.

RESIDENTS OF OXNARD, EL RIO, SANTA PAULA, FILLMORE: To receive information about the kinds of pesticides used near you, send a text with the word “pesticide” to 877-877.

OXNARD 2/28/15, Pesticidas En El Pueblo – Teatro gratuito acerca del ‘milagro’ toxico

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Únete a teatro TIDES theater (San Francisco) y el Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) para una presentacion pública libre de “Alicia, Tu Milagro”, una obra de teatro escrita por Octavio Solis en respuesta a una investigación pionera en dependencia de la industria de la fresa de pesticidas peligrosos: http://www.revealnews.org/article/californias-strawberry-industry-is-hooked-on-dangerous-pesticides (en Inglés)

Horario de funcionamiento:
13:00 : “Alicia’s Miracle,” a play by Octavio Solis
14:00 : Discussion with cast and CIR reporters
15:00 : “Alicia, Tu Milagro,” en Español
16:00 : Discusión con el reparto y periodistas de CIR

Los productores de fresa de California, especialmente en Oxnard, dependen extremadamente fuertes cantidades de pesticidas tóxicos para obtener grandes ganancias a través de la producción barata de fruta para la venta en Estados Unidos. Sin embargo, los costos de esta industria de $2.6 billones han sido una carga para nuestro medio ambiente así como para nuestra comunidad, no sólo en los campos sino en nuestros vecindarios y escuelas de nuestros hijos. El uso de estos productos químicos ha resultado en grandes cantidades de trastornos respiratorios, cáncer, defectos de nacimiento y enfermedades.

El juego incluirá dos actuaciones, una en inglés y en español, seguido por las conversaciones con el elenco y el personal de CIR. También habrá un taller por California Rural Legal Asistencia (CRLA) derechos de trabajadores agrícolas y pesticidas. Venga y aprenda acerca de este tema de gran importancia que afecta cada día a nuestra comunidad!

Residentes de Oxnard, El Rio, Santa Paula! Alguna vez se han preguntado que tipo de pesticida usan en los campos sembrados de frutas y vegetales cerca de donde ustedes viven o trabajan? Para recibir información sobre las clases de las pesticidas que han usado cerca de usted, mande un texto con la palabra "pesticida" a 877-877! RESIDENTS OF OXNARD, EL RIO, SANTA PAULA, FILLMORE: To receive information about the kinds of pesticides used near you, send a text with the word "pesticide" to 877-877.

Residentes de Oxnard, El Rio, Santa Paula! Alguna vez se han preguntado que tipo de pesticida usan en los campos sembrados de frutas y vegetales cerca de donde ustedes viven o trabajan? Para recibir información sobre las clases de las pesticidas que han usado cerca de usted, mande un texto con la palabra “pesticida” a 877-877!

19 de Febrero : Día de Conmemoración Japonés-Estadounidense// Day of Remembrance

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El 19 de Febrero es el aniversario de la FDR de 1942 orden ejecutiva 9066, que condujo a la redada de los estadounidenses de origen japonés y su encarcelamiento en campos de concentración.

‘Mirando a las barracas donde mi esposa existe,
más allá de la cerca de alambre de espino,
me arrojo a masticar las hojas de hierba.’

Pueblo orgulloso antes de la evacuación, se sienten disminuidos, su dignidad destrozada. Algunos fueron poseidos por la desesperación.

‘Un compañero de prisión,
toma su vida con veneno,
en la noche oscura,
rayas de sangre negra han manchado el camino.’

Taisanboku Mori and Keiho Soga en “Poetas detras del alambre de espino”


 

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February 19 is the Day of Remembrance, the anniversary of President FDR’s 1942 executive order 9066, which led to the round-up & internment of U.S. residents of Japanese descent.

Gazing at the barracks,
where my wife exists,
Beyond the barbed wire fence,
I pluck and chew,
The leaves of grass.

Proud people before evacuation, they felt diminished, their dignity destroyed. Some were overwhelmed by their despair.

‘A fellow prisoner,
Takes his life with poison,
In the evening darkness,
Streaks of black blood,
Stain the camp road.’

– Taisanboku Mori and Keiho Soga, ‘Poets Behind Barbed Wire’ (from Ronald Takaki, Strangers From a Different Shore)

Community Activist Testifies that Oxnard Cops Targeted Him for Organizing Protest Against Police Brutality

Over 200 marchers took the streets in unpermitted march against police terror on October 13, 2013; only one person was cited --multiple times.

BY RAUL HERNANDEZ

American Justice Notebook, 2/2/15

Reposted with permission of author

VENTURA COUNTY COURTHOUSE, CALIFORNIA.  – Community Activist Francisco Romero claims that he was targeted by Oxnard police officers when he was given five jaywalking tickets for his involvement in a 2013 protest march against police brutality and fatal shootings.

After examining the evidence against him, including a video that was taken by undercover officers during a 2013 protest march, Romero said he conclude that police were out to get him.

“I felt immediately that I was being targeted,” he said.

Romero testified on Monday at a hearing to determine whether there was selective enforcement of the law, violating Romero’s constitutional rights. Romero was the only person given the jaywalking tickets during the 2013 protest march that attracted about 150 people.

There were more than 90 Oxnard police officers assigned to maintain public safety along with an armored vehicle, court evidence indicated.

Also testifying on Monday was the mother of a man who died of asphyxiation while under the custody of  Oxnard police. The medical examiner ruled that death a homicide.  In addition, the sister of another man who was mistakenly gunned down by Oxnard officers took the stand.

Police have testified at the hearing that Romero was never a target, and the video recording proves that he was involved in leading the crowd to commit jaywalking that stopped traffic, including temporary blocking Oxnard boulevard while protestors crossed the busy street.

Romero addresses the Oxnard City Council as Chief of Police Jeri Williams watches. For years Romero, one of many active members of the Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective, had earned a reputation in the eyes of the city as an outspoken & strong community advocate. (TODO PODER AL PUEBLO MEDIA OPERATIONS)

Romero addresses the Oxnard City Council on Sept. 11, 2012 as Chief of Police Jeri Williams watches. For years Romero, one of many active members of the Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective and organizations such as Union del Barrio, has earned a reputation in the eyes of the people as an outspoken & strong community advocate. (CTPaP MEDIA OPERATIONS)

Deputy District Attorney Susan Park said Romero was the only one given the tickets because he is the only individual who could be identified among the protestors.

Commissioner Anthony Sabo who is presiding over the hearing is weighing testimony and evidence to determine whether the issuance of the five tickets violated the constitution as spelled out in the 1975 Murgia vs. Municipal Court Case.

The California Supreme Court ruled in the Murgia case that a defendant may be entitled to a dismissal of criminal charges if he can prove that there was selective prosecution for improper purposes.

Before Monday’s testimony began, Judge Sabo told Romero’s lawyer Jaime Segall Gutierrezand Park that there have been four days of testimony stretched over several months. Sabo noted that the case has lingered in his court for months because of conflicting court schedules.

According to Segall Gutierrez, 15 oxnard police officers, including two assistant chiefs, were subpoenaed by the defense to testified at this hearing.

If Sabo rules against Romero, a trial date will be set.

Monday, both sides finished putting witnesses on the stand, and the judge ordered the attorneys to return on Feb. 25 to make final arguments.

The Oct. 13, 2013 march was to protest the deaths of  young men in Oxnard:  Alfonso Limon Jr and Jose Zepeda in Oct. 13,  2012.  Before Limon was killed, Robert Ramirez Jr. died June 2012 under police custody, followed by the slaying of Michael Mahoney in August 2012.

Francisco Romero speaks at a march held for the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality, 10/22/12 (TODO PODER AL PUEBLO MEDIA OPERATIONS)

Francisco Romero speaks at a march held for the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality, 10/22/12 (CTPaP MEDIA OPERATIONS)

Romero Testifies

Romero, who is a leader at Todo Poder al Pueblo, maintains that police are trying to silence him through intimidation, harassment and selective enforcement.

The Oxnard native testified that he is a teacher and has a bachelor of arts in child development.  He said he ran for City Council in 2007 and got nearly 7,000 votes. Romero said he has been a community activist for more than two decades, and is one of the founders of  Todo Poder al Pueblo, which was formed in 2010 as a result of increased deportations and police brutality.

Romero testified that he has been involved in education campaigns, including educating people on their constitutional rights and what to do if they are stopped by the police. He described himself as a vocal critic against police brutality and abuse who often spoke at council meetings on these and other issues.

Romero said is one of the protest march organizers and helps families of victims who had been killed by Oxnard police officers, noting that since 2011 there have been six protest marches.

The 2013 protestors met at a park in La Colonia in Oxnard before the march, Romero said.  He said there were six female speakers before the march, and he didn’t speak to the protestors.

Romero said he didn’t believe Oxnard police officers when they testified that they could only identify him among the protestors, especially when the Oxnard Police Department emphasize community policing.

“They should know all of us, or most of us,” he testified.

Romero said that in the videos, his name could be heard being said several times by undercover surveillance officers who were keeping close tabs on the protestors.

“They did say my name several times and that fortified my belief that they were targeting me,” he said.

Under cross examination by prosecutor Park, Romero described what he was doing during the march, saying that he was aware of how dangerous some roads were.  He said his job was to keep everyone safe, and a Mexican-American militant group, the Brown Berets, were also involved in making sure protestors safely navigated the streets and the  narrow sidewalks in La Colonia in Oxnard.

Romero testified that most people followed directions on how to safely cross the streets but some didn’t.  He said the police surveillance video for the most part was accurate, testifying that a lot of his actions were misconstrued by police.

Teresa Ramirez (GREG SILVA PHOTOGRAPHY)

Teresa Ramirez (GREG SILVA PHOTOGRAPHY)

Ramirez’s Mother Testifies

Teresa Ramirez, the mother of  Robert Ramirez, testified that Romero was trying to keep the protestors safe.  She said Romero never put the protestors in danger and that police were targeting him.

“This is just one way of getting even with him,” said Ramirez.

“I didn’t personally see him stop cars. I didn’t,” she said under cross examination.

Judge Sabo denied Park’s request to rule that Ramirez’s testimony was all hearsay and not admissible.

Park questioned Ramirez about what she saw Romero doing during the march and how he interacted with the protestors.

The parents and siblings of Alfonso Limon, Jr. (In Loving Memory of Alfonso Limon, Jr. Facebook page)

The parents and siblings of Alfonso Limon, Jr. (In Loving Memory of Alfonso Limon, Jr. Facebook page)

Claudia Limon’s Takes the Sand

The sister of Alfonso Limon testified that the families of the victims approached Todo Poder al Pueblo to hold protest marches to bring public awareness of police brutality and abuse.

Claudia Limon also testified that Romero helps people in the community and makes himself available to those who seek his help.

Under cross examination, Park questioned Limon about Romero’s actions during the protest, what he did to keep people safe and his involvement in organizing the march.

Teresa Ramirez and Romero testified that they saw police officers, who were keeping a low profile during the march, stop traffic two blocks from where the protestors were crossing on the busy Oxnard Boulevard.

From Oxnard to Ayotzinapa: El Contexto Politico de la Lucha en Ayotzinapa

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Miercoles/Weds., 1/28/15, 6:30pm
Café on A / Acuña Gallery and Cultural Center
438 S A St, Oxnard, California 93030

A cuatro meses de hoy, el gobierno mexicano no ah podido ayudar a los padres de los 43 a encontrar sus hijos.
Programa Bilingüe (bilingual program)
Join us for a night of music, live performances, art, and discussion! This will be a special people’s assembly discussing the 43 missing students, the state oppression, and our own solidarity with Ayotzinapa, Guerrero in Mexico. We will discuss the similarities with conditions in our community, and how we can move forward to organize and defend our own neighborhoods.
We will be having live performances by musicians, including local hip hop artist Kontra (Mantis), a presentation of “La Llorona,” a play/teatro by Uni Broso, a small presentation of videos and a guest presentation from Daniel Montes (Union del Barrio LA).
We will also be having a raffle of amazing art pieces and will be serving nachos w/ fixins (carne asada), pan dulce, and cafe for a small donation!

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OXNARD: MLK Jr. Marcha “All Power to the People” Contingent

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(En Español Abajo) “I knew that I could no longer speak against the violence in the ghettos without also speaking against the violence of [the] government…” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 2015, our government as well as politicians across the political spectrum still seem preoccupied with maintaining the conditions of poverty, poor wages, and economic misery which would shock Dr. King. We clearly don’t live in a “post-racial” society; anti-blackness (even in our own community) and racism persist and are reflected in the media, the courts, our workplaces, and our schools. We are provided with a whitewashed and depoliticized version of Dr. King’s radical demands, especially those he made towards the end of his life when he advocated for the rights of the working class and the eradication of poverty. It would be a dishonor to Dr. King’s legacy if we forgot that this country was built upon and continues to depend on the displacement, mass incarceration, enslavement, and the wholesale extermination of black and brown bodies through imperialist wars and foreign policies.

Under capitalism, an entrenched white supremacist culture pits working class communities of color in competition with one other on colonized land. Meanwhile, the rights of LGBTQ and disabled communities are consistently denied. Let’s not forget that the struggle for social and economic justice continues to this day! An injury to one is an injury to all: justice is non-existent when any part of our working-class communities are harassed, repressed, and silenced by the state.

We must also remember that the victories of the Civil Rights Movement weren’t attained by Dr. King alone, but were backed up by a mass movement that took many different forms. Now, it remains up up to us, the oppressed communities of today, to make real changes and to finish the fight taken up by the countless martyrs who fought for our collective social rights.

Join our contingent as we march under the simple, timeless demand:
“ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!”
http://www.todopoderalpueblo.org/
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“Sabía que ya no podía hablar en contra de la violencia en los vecindarios sin hablar en contra también de la violencia [del] gobierno …” – el Dr. Martin Luther King, Hijo

En 2015, nuestro gobierno así como políticos a través del espectro político todavía parece preocupado por el mantenimiento de las condiciones de pobreza, salarios pobres y miseria económica que impresionaria al Dr. King. Claramente no vivimos en una sociedad “postracial”; la anti-negro (hasta en nuestra propia comunidad) y racismo persiste y es reflejada en los medios, los tribunales, nuestros lugares de trabajo y nuestras escuelas. Somos proveídos de una versión blanqueada y depolitizada de las demandas radicales del Dr. King, sobre todo aquellos que hizo hacia el final de su vida cuando abogó para los derechos de la clase obrera y la extirpación de pobreza. Sería una deshonra a la herencia del Dr. King si olvidáramos que este país fue construido en y sigue dependiendo del desplazamiento, encarcelamiento de masas, esclavitud y la exterminación al por mayor de cuerpos negros y marrones a través de guerras del imperialista y política exterior.

Bajo capitalismo, unas comunidades de la clase obrera de la cultura supremacist blancas firmemente enraizadas de color en concurso uno con otro en tierra colonizada. Mientras tanto, los derechos de LGBTQ y comunidades minusválidas son consecuentemente negados. ¡No vamos a olvidar que la lucha por justicia social y justicia económica sigue hasta este día! Una herida de uno es una herida de todos: la justicia es inexistente cuando cualquier parte de nuestras comunidades de la clase obrera es acosada, reprimida y hecha callar por el estado.
También debemos recordar que las victorias del Movimiento por los derechos civiles no fueron alcanzadas por el Dr. King solo, pero fueron sostenidas por un movimiento en masa que tomó muchas formas diferentes. Ahora, queda en nosotros, las comunidades oprimidas de hoy, hacer verdaderos cambios y terminar la lucha tomada por los mártires innumerables que lucharon por nuestros derechos sociales colectivos.
Afíliese a nuestro contingente como nosotros en la Marcha bajo la simple inmediata demanda:
“TODO EL PODER PARA EL PUEBLO!”

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