Don’t Blame Donald!

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Heroes / Repairing the System

Here is a NYT article detailing the misery of migrant farm workers in California’s Salinas Valley. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/us/in-a-california-valley-healthy-food-everywhere-but-on-the-table.html?_r=0

The gist of the story is that since the 1930’s Salinas Valley has been famous for the quality of its vegetables and the poverty of the migrant workers who harvest them. And this is one we can’t blame on Donald Trump. Salinas is in the middle of California, a state with a Democratic governor, a Democratic legislature, and which voted lopsidedly for Hillary in the recent election. Maybe we should face the fact that Trump is more a symptom than the cause of our national failings.

So today I am going to enjoy my food, friends, and family; and also add not being a migrant farm worker to my list of things to be grateful for.

Tomorrow I will make a contribution to California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), a group of lawyers I know has been fighting for the rights of California farm workers for a very long time. http://www.crla.org/about-us You might consider doing the same.

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