In food and agriculture, whether we are Black or white, Latino or Asian, native or newcomer, we work hard to feed our families and yours. And we all want pretty similar things: to have a say in the future of our farms and workplaces, and prosperous livelihoods for our families and future generations.
But today, a handful of agribusiness monopolies have rigged the system to extract more than their fair share from our rural economies. They use that undue wealth to corrupt weak politicians and rig the rules in their favor. Then they stoke fear and scapegoat our immigrant neighbors, hoping to divide us so we’ll look the other way.
But we know there is more that unites than divides us. The farmers and workers who feed Wisconsin need to join together, from farm to factory and across race and place, to fight for our future. Farmers and workers united during the Great Depression to win the New Deal, which brought fair prices for farmers and workers' right to bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions.
And when we band together as people who work the land and bring food to the family table, we have the strength in numbers to break corporate power. That’s why farmers and workers must stand in solidarity to create a more equitable food system for all of us.
Take the pledge
We have a lot of work to do, and we can start by recognizing our common cause with all workers along the food supply chain. Will you take a pledge of solidarity to stand with workers in food and agriculture?
A Call For Building Solidarity Between Farmers And Labor In The Food Industry
On September 21st, 2020, Wisconsin Farmers Union member Sarah Lloyd appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss how more organization between producers and laborers to can help make the agricultural industry work for everyone.
Reviving the Rural Spirit of Cooperation by Charlie Mitchell
Farmers Thank DATCP — and Support Hazard Pay for Workers by Charlie Mitchell
Rebuild Farmer-Labor Solidarity by Sarah Lloyd