Anche quest’anno Passpartù partecipa a Radio 18/12, maratona radiofonica annuale giunta ormai alla sua sesta edizione. Il 18 dicembre decine di emittenti di ogni parte del mondo si coordineranno per trattare i temi legati alle migrazioni.
Thanksgiving is the ultimate harvest holiday, and no one knows that better than the tens of thousands of farm workers who grow and harvest New York’s produce.The reality of agriculture is that a hefty percentage of the people who plant and harvest New York’s local food are immigrant workers, many of whom put themselves in danger to cross the border into the United States to work the land.
Around the world, millions of domestic workers clean, cook, look after children and elderly people and do other tasks for private households. Many of these workers are migrant workers facing harsh working conditions and who are at a heightened risk of exploitation. In this new edition of Odysseia we are therefore paying special attention to the 12-by-12 Campaign, launched by the ITUC in December 2011 in partnership with a wide range of civil society organizations.
Another partnership between activists and immigrants recently unfolded in Manhattan. There, immigrant workers at a Hot & Crusty Café have been organizing against labor abuses and wage theft with the support of Occupy Wall Street. Andalusia Knoll has more from New York City.
December 18 is a day of action on the rights of migrant workers, refugees and displaced people. Adriana Paz was one of organizers of an event in Vancouver to commemorate this day. She is an activist with Justicia for Migrant Workers BC. Paz recently returned from the Arizona-Mexico border where she was researching the conditions for migrant workers there.
In California, immigrant farm workers pick most of the state's fruits and vegetables whilst struggling to achieve better working conditions. The United Farm Workers Union estimates that about 90 percent of the roughly 30,000 farm workers in California are foreign born, mostly from Mexico and about 70 percent of those are undocumented immigrants.
Radio 1812 is an initiative launched by December 18 in 2006. It is a global event that brings together migrant groups and radios from around the world to produce, broadcast and share programmes celebrating the achievements and highlighting the concerns of migrants worldwide. Click here to download the progress report.