Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the US Food Industry
Yesterday, Mónica Ramírez a litigator for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) spoke at Rocky on the plight of immigrant women in the US food industry. Immigrant women suffer many injustices including wage theft, exposure to harmful chemicals and sexual harassment. “Immigrant women endure horrible working conditions to feed their families, while putting food on our plates at a cost to their own health.” Ramírez is based in Alabama, which recently enacted the “harshest” law in the nation targeting undocumented immigrants, causing what she calls a “humanitarian crisis.” Laws like those in Alabama, Arizona and other states, create a “climate of fear” that empowers others to perpetrate crimes against immigrants or people that look like “illegals.” In order to combat these attitudes, Ramírez suggests that we must teach tolerance and anti-violence. Furthermore, something as simple as calling your congressional representative to ask for a change in labor laws to protect people can make a difference. After all, Ramírez states, this not a new Civil Rights movement, but a continuation of the movement we already know.