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/ January 23, 2013 3:38 am

Magon: The Deportation Chronicles, Pt. 3

[Translate]     The Diary of Joaquín Magón Entry 24: The Deportation Chronicles, Part 3 Raul: Those Who Said Goodbye In 2010, there were an estimated 387,000 “removals” according to Department of Homeland Security documents. My high school friend Raul was one of them. He has been living in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, for three years now. He has been […]

/ January 18, 2013 2:54 pm

Magon: The Deportation Chronicles, Pt. 2

[Translate]     The Diary of Joaquín Magón Entry 23: The Deportation Chronicles, Part 2   Mayte: The Haves and the Have Nots of Immigration One of the greatest fears is driving. With Operation Stone Garden Police officers were able to ask for citizenship and it became commonplace to have police officers radio in immigration officers to pick up the […]

/ January 14, 2013 7:36 pm

Magon: The Deportation Chronicles, Pt. 1

[Translate]     The Diary of Joaquín Magón Entry 22: The Deportation Chronicles, Part 1 The year 2012 has come to a close and the numbers of those removed from the United States are released – 409,849 individuals caught, trapped, nabbed, thrown into the patty wagon and kicked out with a boot – a record high. For the Eastern Coachella […]

/ December 24, 2012 3:54 am

Joaquín Magón: Coachella en el Corazon

[Translate]     The Diary of Joaquín Magón Entry 21 Coachella En El Corazón: Reflections on A Home Town   I am back home in the Coachella Valley. I drove last night through a California wet with rain, lettuce fields with mud, cows, the huge towering lights of Los Angeles, and the quiet darkness of empty space between Beaumont and […]

/ December 5, 2012 6:19 pm

Joaquin Magon: On Strikes, Power, and Unions

[Translate]   The Diary of Joaquin Magon Entry 20 About a month ago, I was talking to workers on strike at Nob Hill, a chain of high-end grocery stores, trying to figure out what moved them to take this major step. The majority of the workers picketed outside the store in spite of the big sign on the front doors: […]

/ November 3, 2012 5:34 pm

Joaquín Magón: Farm Workers Will Benefit From Prop 37

[Translate]   Entry 19: Farm Workers Left Out of Prop 37 Discussion, But Have a Stake SALINAS – As an organizer with the United Farm Workers, I’ve grown accustomed to seeing farm workers routinely be excluded or absent from the public discourse happening around issues of food justice. So it came as no surprise when I picked up my voter guide […]

/ September 10, 2012 3:47 pm

The Diary of Joaquín Magón: The Incredible Story of Griselda

[Translate]     Entry 18: The Incredible Story of Griselda, A Migrant Farm Worker   I worked in your orchards of peaches and prunes I slept on the ground in the light of the moon On the edge of the city you’ll see us and then We come with the dust and we go with the wind -Pastures of Plenty, […]

/ August 22, 2012 10:33 pm

The Diary of Joaquín Magón: An Organic Strawberry Recalls

[Translate] Entry 17: An Organic Strawberry Recalls   An Organic Strawberry Recalls: I grew up around Griselda. She is a young woman who speaks of a land she called home. She always has her face covered with bandanas but I know when she smiles because I see it in her eyes. In the time it took me to grow into […]

/ July 30, 2012 2:29 pm

The Diary of Joaquín Magón: An Organizer Defined

[Translate]   The Diary of Joaquín Magón Entry 16: An Organizer Defined As I look at the desolate power of a voice that cannot be heard, hands that can lift a million crates, eyes that can see through lies, and smiles that bend like the crescent moon our mothers worshipped, I see that the hope is at times as thin as […]

/ July 13, 2012 1:14 pm

An Open Letter to La Mujer Campesina

[Translate] The Diary of Joaquín Magón Entry 15: An Open Letter to La Mujer Campesina Mujer, Not a day goes by that I am not fascinated by your struggle. Your hands that swipe and cut, your hands soothe and heal; your smile conceals what your eyes cannot. The selfless strife, the dreams that swirl from your imagination and dance into the […]