Saiom Shriver

Gold Star - 21,196 Points (Ohio)

Migrant Farmworkers - Poem by Saiom Shriver

Cesar Chavez's soul..
May his kind loving light
the aid of each of us
........ignite


Migrant farmworkers
sometimes standing waiting for
hours for assignments
Wages stolen or cheated
out of minimum wage
Backbreaking work in the fields
with no water, no toilet, no shade
Bathed in killer gas and liquid
insecticides
Given filthy housing
Their children provided no schools
Their loved ones having no doctors
Sometimes chained in slavery
Sometimes children forced to sweat in the fields
Unionizers beaten, sometimes killed

Topic(s) of this poem: labor


Poet's Notes about The Poem

A coalition of migrant workers achieving better conditions
http: //www.fairfoodprogram.org/

Migrant Worker Hazards
https: //www.revealnews.org/episodes/farm-to-fork-uncovering-hazards-in-our-food-systems/#segment-when-working-conditions-are-ripe-for-change

Countless violations by farm owners
http: //www.tbo.com/news/business/labor-department-uncovers-violations-in-central-florida-agricultural-operations-20141119/

Child labor
https: //www.hrw.org/news/2011/11/17/child-farmworkers-united-states-worst-form-child-labor

http: //ufw.org

Thank you to wksu.org for broadcasting a program on this topic on Dec 5,2015

Cesar Chavez's nonviolence included not eating animals or fish

http: //fotonin.com/

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 6, 2015



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