Introducing lividsnails

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Many apologies for this introduction being so long in coming!  When Kyle asked if I wanted to write for Citizen Orange I had just moved to Washington DC to start a new job with a farm labor rights organization.  I'd literally been in town only a few weeks and I was up to my eyeballs in the work of learning a new career and a new city.  (Honestly, I've never worked so hard in my life, not even when I was in grad school!  I can't explain how I do it other than to admit that my favorite beverage at the local coffee shop is the "depth charge" which is super charged coffee with a shot of espresso!) 

I should tell you that immigration and labor rights are relatively new fields for me.  I have a MA in International Relations and until now have focused more on US foreign policy.  (I've done human rights work in Colombia, housing studies with Habitat for Humanity in Chile and Costa Rica and solidarity work with Native Americans in Canada).  But advocating for the rights of farmworkers here in the US blurs the lines between international and domestic policy because the majority of farmworkers are immigrants and I believe they are some of the most exploited people in our country.  They harvest the food that keeps us alive and we spray them with pesticides, pay them crap wages, provide minimal –if any—housing and give them abysmally few protections under the law.  And all this happens right here under our very noses in this country we like to think brims with opportunity and freedom. 

It is shameful.

Because my new employers work in many of the same issue areas that this blog covers, and because I am their Communications person (!), in order to avoid any hint of uncertainty over who I am representing when I write here, I have decided to blog anonymously.  This is not my first choice but it does seem to be the wisest one at this point.  I hope you can forgive me my overdue introduction and what probably will be very infrequent posting but I will do the best I can!

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yave begnet said:

Welcome, LS! I am looking forward to hearing more from you.

janna said:

Welcome, Lividsnails, and congratulations on the new job! The opportunity to work (and actually get paid for!) helping migrants is something of which I personally dream and aspire. Great to have you here.

fash said:

Welcome. Look forward to reading your posts.

kyledeb said:

A warm and hearty welcome from me, too, LS. I wish you the best, and I look forward to your posts.

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This page contains a single entry by lividsnails published on February 18, 2008 10:18 AM.

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