WOODBURN (Oregon) INDEPENDENT

April 26, 2017

 

Oregon farmworker union calls for support from growers with immigrant workers

 

Farmworker union Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) has called for growers and nurseries of the Willamette Valley to shut down or limit operations for May 1 to allow their workers to attend the May Day march and rally in support of immigrant families at the State Capitol. 

Organizers of the May Day march and rally are speaking out against recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids that have targeted farmworker immigrants in the Willamette Valley. 

"We must continue to take action against the unjust separation of families and disruption of our communities," Ramon Ramirez, president of PCUN, said in a press release. "If we do nothing, Oregon won't have more farmworkers to pick our crops, creating serious economic damage to Oregon's $6 billion agriculture industry. We hope growers will stand united with us on May Day."

Ramirez said that recent anti-immigration executive orders from President Donald Trump mean this year's march and rally will be held at a critical time.

Joining PCUN for the march and rally are Gov. Kate Brown, Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon (D-Woodburn) and community leaders fighting for immigrant rights in Oregon.

The march and rally begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Oregon State Capitol.