janna: October 2007 Archives

Another Voice for Migrants

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Anyone who cares about migrants would be so blessed to have the passion, stamina, patience, and optimism that Kyle possesses.  It takes tact to answer comments full of bile, discernment to know how to speak up loudly about what you believe, and toughness to keep from taking personally attacks on your position.  I am honored by Kyle's invitation to contribute to Citizen Orange, and especially thankful for the opportunity to work alongside such a dedicated, talented warrior for migrants' rights. 

My name is Janna.  Some of you have seen my comments put forth here, and on other blogs that aim to increase awareness of injustice and understanding of those who need to be better understood.  I have my own little blog, quite different from this one, but which carries a similar mission.  Kyle has provided a link to La Mariposa en la Pared over on the right.  Check it out if you get a chance.  Otherwise, it is my hope that my posts here will complement the ones that Kyle writes, and provide a balance of information, compassion and practical action that our readers will find useful.

   

Living Under the Trees

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The recent fires in California have shed light on migrant workers living on the fringes of the farmlands where they harvest our nation's vegetables.  Living in tent communities, secluded from basic human services, these migrant workers are sometimes nonetheless located within sight of expensive new homes inhabited by people living a totally different existence from theirs.      

Long before the fires came, photographer David Bacon spent time among the migrants, creating an intimate portrait of their lives.  There's still time to catch his photography and oral history exhibition, "Living Under the Trees."  Since its debut in March, this exhibition has appeared around Los Angeles, and is slated next for San Francisco and San Diego between this December and April 2008.

Whether or not you can make it to the exhibition, definitely check out David Bacon's breathtaking photos at his website.  He has done amazing work documenting the lives of those who live in the shadows, as well as those who struggle for workers' rights, both here and around the world.  Bacon's stories and photos are worth volumes of mere words.  He has traveled to communities south of the border, including the pueblito where I spent 3 months long ago, catching my first glimpse of migrants traveling north by train.  His work on immigrants focuses largely on migrant farm workers and should not be missed.

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