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Activism
6:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Seattle 2013: A Year In Protest

We've reserved the slideshow above for a collection of reader-submitted photos from local demonstrations in 2013. Submit yours to pictures@kuow.org. In this photo: A scene from fast food workers demonstrating in Seattle on May 31, 2013.
Heather Villanueva

As we looked back on the last year, debating which stories to highlight here, we noticed a trend that surprised us: 2013 was a year of activism and protest in the Seattle area.

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Worker Rights
2:42 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Silenced By Status, Farm Workers Face Rape, Sexual Abuse

Maricruz Ladino packs lettuce in a cooler in Salinas, Calif.
Grace Rubenstein Center for Investigative Reporting

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:36 pm

This is part one of a two-part report about sexual assault of agricultural workers in the U.S.

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Farmworker Labor Dispute
6:41 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Labor Strike Continues At Burlington Berry Farm

Immigrant advocates and workers on strike from Sakuma Brothers Farms boycott a store in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood in August.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

More than a week has passed since more than 200 berry pickers walked off the job at a major farm near Burlington, marking the third strike at Sakuma Brothers Farms since July.

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Workers Want Wage Increase
4:58 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Berry Pickers Call For Boycott Of Sakuma Brothers Farms

Flats of blueberries from Sakuma Brothers Farms at Ballard Market in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Disgruntled berry pickers at a major farm in Skagit Valley have brought their fight to grocery stores in Seattle, Mount Vernon and Bellingham. On Tuesday, about a dozen farm workers and advocates waved handmade signs outside of the upscale Ballard Market in Seattle, calling for a boycott.

“Don’t buy Sakuma berries,” shouted Anna Lopez, who’s picked berries at Sakuma Brothers Farms for about 10 years. Just inside the store, the produce section features deals on fresh-picked Sakuma blueberries and strawberries.

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Wage Disparity
2:09 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

200 Berry Pickers Resume Strike In Skagit Valley

Workers have once again walked off the job at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Burlington protesting wages.
From Sakuma Market Stands' Facebook page.

For the second time in 10 days, workers at Sakuma Brothers Farms have gone on strike. More than 200 berry pickers have walked off the job at the farm near Burlington, saying they want the farm to pay more for each box of blueberries and strawberries they harvest.

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Sexual Harassment
11:14 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Wash. Harassment Lawsuit Gets Congress Members' Attention

A sexual harassment lawsuit against an Eastern Washington farm came under scrutiny this week during a congressional hearing. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently lost this expensive, high-profile case and some Congress members are now asking, “Was it worth it?” 

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Agriculture Workforce
9:03 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Washington Farmers Encouraged By Senate Immigration Plan

In this Oct. 21, 2011, file photo Margarito Calderon picks apples at an orchard in Tieton, Wash.
Shannon Dininny, File AP Photo

This week, something new is sprouting in the Northwest’s fields and fruit orchards: optimism about immigration reform.

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