The Summer of our Power relay kicked off July 1 in Bellingham, Washington with CJA partner organization Community to Community Development. At an event on Saturday, CJA national coordinator Michael Leon Guerrero spoke about just transition and the Our Power Campaign, and the group unveiled their quilt square for the It Takes Roots quilt.
“Community to Community is Honored to have been chosen to kick off the Climate Justice Alliance’s Summer of Our Power Quilt Relay in the month of August, through which frontline communities will contribute a quilt square symbolizing the power of our collective just transition work,” said Franks.
Here are some moments from the kick off event!
Community to Community Development works on a variety of intersectional projects related to climate justice, labor rights, and food sovereignty, among other issues.
In addition to the quilt relay event, C2C will also be hosting a Pacific North West Just Transition Assembly from August 13-15, co-sponsored by Grassroots Global Justice. The assembly will be a space led by people of color that will allow participants to “engage in dialogues about race, class, gender and ending interlocking oppression.”
To celebrate the work of our partner, we’ve put together some highlights of what Community to Community Development has been working on during the past few months:
This summer, Community to Community Development has been working with Familias Unidas por la Justicia, a two year old independent farmer’s union, to protest working conditions and wages at Sakuma Brothers Farm.
Familias Unidas por la Justicia has been boycotting and holding actions to get a union contract and negotiate with Sakuma.
Community to Community Development has been showing up to actions and mobilizing support for the workers.
Read our solidarity statement here.
“THURSDAY JULY 16 – UPDATE FROM THE BERRY FIELDS AT SAKUMA FARMS: We are getting reports from the berry pickers that they are being sent home early, some are being told to not come in the next day because there is not enough work for everybody. Some farm workers were told by supervisors that the company had hired too many workers. Families keep reporting that their earnings from picking berries this year is low, and they are continuing to have difficulty understanding how much they are earning because of the complicated new pay system.
At the same time we are hearing radio ads on local radio stations saying that Sakuma Farms is hiring and needing more workers. Also the company continues to put out press releases with glowing accounts of happy workers earning up to $40hr. We have yet to meet any workers earning over $20hr. Based on the company’s own statements – are they ready to pay an average of $6.67 daily for the workers’ rest break times?
The workers are saying they will be taking their pay check stubs to the union hall so that Ramon Torres can calculate and ensure the company is complying.” – C2C Facebook, July 16
“I had to share this photo! It shows part of our C2C team in action supporting Familias Unidas por la Justicia on Friday July 10th, press conference with the National Farm Worker Ministry, an International labor Solidarity Group, WA State Labor reps and Benito and Juana Lopez and Tomas Ramon! Rosalinda (very proud)”
-via C2C Facebook, July 19
REPORT FROM THE SAKUMA BERRY FIELDS IN SKAGIT: Familias Unidas por la Justicia call another unfair labor practice work stoppage – Sakuma’s new wage scale continuing to cause dissatisfaction and income insecurity to farm workers – 90% Walk out -via C2C Facebook, July 23
Food sovereignty is one of the organization’s three approaches to a just transition. This summer, C2C also attended the People’s Movement Assembly on Food Sovereignty.
“People’s Movement Assembly on Food Sovereignty, San Jose CA – Alicia Santos reporting back to group” -via C2C Facebook, July 1
Visit the Community to Community Development website to learn more about the awesome work this organization is doing!
- Community to Community Development Facebook page:
- Quilt Relay Kickoff event page:
- Summer of Our Power Festival event page:
- And be sure to support the campaign to Boycott Sakuma!