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Ban the Confederate Flag

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On September 30, 2014
California takes a significant step in what I think should be a movement to ban the Confederate flag: Starting next year, the Confederate flag will no longer be available for sale or on display at government agencies in California. Governor Jerry Brown has signed a new law that prohibits selling or displaying items that have […]

Bottled Water

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On July 16, 2014
In the best of situations, bottled water is an idiotic industry in the United States given the safety of municipal water supplies. This is not the best of situations: Nestlé may bring smiles to the faces of children across America through cookies and chocolate milk. But when it comes to water, the company starts to […]
The explosion in temp work has happened because employers see it as a profitable way to exploit labor, getting rid of troublemakers, avoiding legal responsibility, and keeping wages and benefits to a minimum. This is an excellent story on temp workers in California lettuce fields–some of which having worked there for a mere 10 years: […]

The Lives of Farmworkers

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On March 7, 2014
California farmworkers remain nearly as exploited as fifty years ago. Filthy, substandard housing, a lack of water in the fields, pesticide poisoning, and poor sanitation define too much of their lives. These workers, migrant and beneath the radar of the Americans for whom they produce food, live horribly and it is unacceptable: For California’s farmworkers, […]

Dust Bowl Analogies

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On February 10, 2014

The point in this New York Times op-ed is a good one–the state of farming in California is highly tenuous. Given that a huge percentage of the fruits and veggies you are eating in the cold, cold

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