The Conversation: Migrant workers are flipping the script and using Photovoice to tell their own stories . “COVID-19 and worries about food security have resulted in increased media coverage about migrant agricultural workers, with stories usually told on their behalf. Four sets of South Asian migrant men in Greece wanted to flip the script and tell their own stories. They used Photovoice, an arts-based social justice tool, to present themselves and their concerns directly to people. This eventually transformed into a travelling multi-media exhibition and a digital archive, This is Evidence.”
Post Alley: Her Name is Elisia. “A nearly forgotten collection of old photographs of migrant farm workers in Washington State has resurfaced, enabling a lost history to be recovered. This is the story of the unearthing of this archive and the moving lessons the large archive teaches about ‘the awakening of a people.'”
New York Times: Migrant Workers Restricted to Farms Under One Grower’s Virus Lockdown. “In Virginia, gone are the weekly outings to Walmart to stock up on provisions; to El Ranchito, the Mexican convenience store, to buy shell-shaped concha pastries; and to the laundromat to machine wash heavily soiled garments. ‘You put up with a lot already. I never expected to lose my freedom,’ said Martinez, 39, who is in his third year working in the tomato fields along the East Coast. He said workers spent months on end without interacting with anyone at all outside the farms, though Lipman eventually relented and organized a carefully controlled trip for groceries each week.”
Huffpost: Guest Workers Describe Coronavirus Nightmare On Louisiana Crawfish Farm. “Two guest workers from Mexico say they were stricken with COVID-19 as they processed crawfish in a crowded Louisiana plant ― and that their bosses forbid them from going to the hospital and threatened to report them to immigration authorities when they finally did. Ultimately, they got fired.”
New York Times: ‘There Is No Work Here’: Migrants, Some Sick, Move North. “Florida’s agricultural communities have become cradles of infection, fueling a worrying new spike in the state’s daily toll in new infections, which has hit new records in recent days. The implications go far beyond Florida: Case numbers in places like Immokalee are swelling just as many farmworkers are migrating up the Eastern Seaboard for the summer harvest.”
Stanford Libraries: Stanford Libraries acquires the archive of photojournalist David Bacon. “Stanford Libraries has added the work of David Bacon, a Bay Area-based photographer, author, political activist and union organizer, to its photography collection. Bacon has been documenting the lives of farm workers since 1988, and his archive joins a robust and growing collection of photography archives at Stanford.” The collection has not yet been processed, but there are plans to build a digital archive.
University of Sydney: New database documents rights abuses of 457 visa holders. “Dr Anna Boucher, immigration researcher in the Department of Government and International Relations and author of the new book Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change, has developed a Migrant Worker Rights Database that codes all available legal decisions on migrant worker rights violations.”