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Kern County’s 2020 free speech violations trigger new safeguards. Will they work?

| CalMatters

Three years ago, a string of Facebook posts spelled doom for a Kern County plan to curb COVID-19’s path through vulnerable communities.

The virus had already wreaked havoc in the conservative, agricultural county by October 2020, when the Kern County Public Health Department struck what would be a nearly $1.5 million deal with local organizations and an associated small business to get crucial information about COVID-19 to hard-hit ZIP codes and vulnerable groups.

Spreading cheer beyond the fields

| Wasco Tribune

Líderes Campesinas North Kern Committee held a Mexican-themed Christmas event, “Posada,” to honor local farmworker families. There were toys for the children, food boxes, gift cards, raffle items, clothing, desserts, tacos, music and drinks to enjoy.

Sacramento County residents supporting farm workers during the holiday season

| Fox 40

The Sacramento region is known as America’s “Farm-to-Fork” capital.

But advocates for farm workers say the hands that make this industry run are often left in the shadows.

Farmworkers Breakfast event in Brawley


BRAWLEY, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) – The City of Brawley had its second annual Farmworker Breakfast event Friday morning.

About 200 people attended the breakfast that took place at the Providence in Brawley at 3 a.m.

Column: Are immigrants better off in Texas or California? It’s complicated

| Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — América Ramirez Lomeli, named for the Mexican soccer team, did everything right as an immigrant.
Growing up in California’s capital, she excelled in school. She volunteered, racking up more than 2,000 hours of extracurriculars by the time she graduated. She collected toys for the children’s hospital that helped her brother after he fell from a roof, and, at her mother’s command, she stayed calm when police were nearby so they did not attract unwanted attention.

Jayapal, Barragán, Grijalva Call for Reforms to H-2A Program to Protect Immigrant Farm Workers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Nanette Barragán (CA-44), and Raúl Grijalva (AZ-07) are leading 43 of their colleagues in calling on the Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to improve the H-2A program used by farm workers. Both agencies have announced proposed rules that would serve to protect these essential workers. The members are urging swift finalization of those rules to ensure accountability and transparency in the H-2A program and broader agricultural industry.