Both of these pieces need to be read in this order. First, is this one titled, "700,000 Female Farmworkers Say They Stand With Hollywood Actors Against Sexual Assault." The second one is titled, Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan. It's exciting to see ideas and rhetoric—in this case, the #MeToo movement, addressing the issue of workplace harassment against women—turned into action because of the 700,000 female farmworkers' plea for visibility to the work conditions that they similarly face.
Such an encouraging way to start the new year in this country.
Check out their website: https://www.timesupnow.com/
Thanks to Emilio Zamora for bringing this to my attention.
We write on behalf of the approximately 700,000 women who work in the agricultural fields and packing sheds across the United States. For the past several weeks we have watched and listened with sadness as we have learned of the actors, models and other individuals who have come forward to speak out about the gender based violence they’ve experienced at the hands of bosses, coworkers and other powerful people in the entertainment industry. We wish that we could say we’re shocked to learn that this is such a pervasive problem in your industry. Sadly, we’re not surprised because it’s a reality we know far too well. Countless farmworker women across our country suffer in silence because of the widespread sexual harassment and assault that they face at work.
Even though we work in very different environments, we share a common experience of being preyed upon by individuals who have the power to hire, fire, blacklist and otherwise threaten our economic, physical and emotional security. Like you, there are few positions available to us and reporting any kind of harm or injustice committed against us doesn’t seem like a viable option. Complaining about anything — even sexual harassment — seems unthinkable because too much is at risk, including the ability to feed our families and preserve our reputations.
In these moments of despair, and as you cope with scrutiny and criticism because you have bravely chosen to speak out against the harrowing acts that were committed against you, please know that you’re not alone. We believe and stand with you.
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas is an organization comprised of current and former farmworker women, along with women who hail from farmworker families.