I join Chelis Lopez on air, and share my interview with Dr. Salvador Sandoval, health officer for the Merced County Department of Public Health. He talks about how the virus spread inside Foster Farms. for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Food Safety asked the MCDPH to delay their closure order for 48 hours. I also share my interview with Jesus Ruiz, a worker at Foster Farms for 29 years, who is afraid to go back to work, but says he has to make a living.
Close to 400 workers contracted COVID-19, and at least eight workers passed away from the Foster Farms plant in Livingston. After ignoring the Merced County Department of Health’s orders to shut down, and after the threat of a boycott from the United Farmworkers Foundation, the plant partially shut down for six days.
Cerca de 400 trabajadores se contagiaron de coronavirus y 8 perdieron la vida mientras laboraban en la mega compañía procesadora de aves de corral, Foster Farms. Después de meses de ignorar las recomendaciones sanitarias oficiales y bajo la amenaza de un boicot laboral esta semana la empresa cerró sus puertas, se comprometió a desinfectar sus instalaciones y hacer pruebas de Covid-19 a sus más de 3 mil trabajadores.
Alongside, host Maria Eraña, we continue our coverage of the Fresno Police Reform Commission. We share our interview with Efrain Botello, a community organizer, one of the youngest members of the Police Reform Commission. He talks about some of the instances of police brutality he has witnessed growing up in Fresno, and why he wants to see police officers removed from schools. I did not participate in the second half of the show.
A federal judge ordered ICE and GEO to take immediate action to stop a spiraling Covid outbreak in Mesa Verde, an immigrant detention center. I talk about the latest orders from the judge and concerns raised by lawyers, who say ICE/GEO hasn’t come up with an adequate medical plan. Lawyers raise concerns about the conditions inside Mesa Verde. I share clips from my interviews with Genna Beier, attorney with the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, as well as Ambar Tovar, attorney with the United Farmworkers Foundation.
During this episode of Comunidad Alerta I joined host, Maria Eraña. We provided and update of the General Police Reform Commission meeting. I also share my reporting on Fresno Unified School District regarding the start of classes. I spoke with the Director of Familias Empoderadas, Alis Aleman and with Adela Moreno. They talked about the technological challenges they faced, as well as the lack of translation services offered by FUSD to Spanish speaking parents and students. I also spoke with Manuel Bonilla, president of the Fresno Teacher’s Association, as well as Vanessa Ramirez, spokesperson of FUSD.
“El valle central de California emerge como nuevo foco de la infección del coronavirus y las empacadoras de alimentos han pasado a la primera línea de batalla. Más de cien trabajadoras de una empacadora de pistachios y nueces se contagiaron en junio de coronavirus y una falleció, suscitando de inmediato una ola de temores y protestas. Las trabajadoras de la empresa Primex Farms denunciaron que los gerentes desestimaron y les ocultaron el brote de infección. Hoy las trabajadoras demandan se investigue a fondo a la compañía, quejándose de haber sido objeto de represalias debido a sus reclamos de protección laboral. Nuestra reportera María Esquinca ha cubierto este conflicto en el poblado de Wasco.”
151 workers tested positive for COVID-19, and one passed away. The outbreak happened at Primex, a nuts and dried fruit processing plant. I spoke to workers and officials from the UFW, who said the company took to look to give workers the appropriate protection and hid information from workers.
I joined host, Samuel Orozco, to talk about my reporting on the outbreak at Primex, where more than 150 workers tested positive for COVID-19, and one worker passed away. Workers say they found out about the outbreaks by themselves, not from the company. When they started protesting alongside for better working conditions, workers say they faced retaliation and where fired, something the company denies.
“A small group of people gathers at the wooden rail of Big Cypress National Preserve for an event called Swamp Therapy, a hike that involves art, mediation, and activism, created by Yadira Capaz. She wants people to connect with the Everglades.”
“The Florida Senate passed an amended version of SB 665, known as the E-verify bill, Thursday night. The billrequires public employers like schools and government offices to use E-verify, a federal database from the Department of Homeland Security that verifies if a government document matches the person’s identity. Companies they contract will also be required to use E-verify.”
Leonardo Gambo, a UTEP student, talks about his makeup line, gender, and identity.
At the El Paso Farmer’s Market, one couple is united by one product- soap.
Two Detroit photographers, use their camera as way to reinterpret the city.