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  •  Is anyone thinking of organizing a little (6+ / 0-)

    demonstration in front of a Wal*Mart store with signs demanding that they stop buying the fruits of slave labour?  Then go on to a polite little picket line, then a boycott?  Making sure, of course, that the local media are notified.  

    What about writing letters to the Department of Justice suggesting that civil rights of some sort must be being violated.    Cruel and unusual punishment comes to mind.  

    I have no idea if any of these are practical suggestions.  Would Wal*Mart pay any attention?  

    We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

    by Observerinvancouver on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 08:27:09 PM PDT

    •  that's an idea! (6+ / 0-)

      Not sure how much Walmart cares about demonstrations and pickets, but doing that and getting the local media to cover it might mean that more pressure is put on not only WalMart, but also Martori Farms (which, right now, seems to either be buying the prison's line that the women are all volunteering and are super-happy to be working in the field or don't care and, for PR's sake, spout that line)

      From Joseph Oddo, Martori Farms' Human Resource director (meaning that he's the one responsible for administering the contract with Arizona Correctional Industries):

         Martori Farms is committed to strict adherence to the provisions within the contract that call for workers who leave the prison to work at our farm and are doing so without force coercion, or consequence.  When this issue appeared in the Arizona Prison Watch blog we notified ACI and Prison Management and have been provided satisfactory assurances that all the inmates working at Martori Farms are doing so without force, coercion, or consequence.  The desire to work outside of the prison environment provides the inmate and the community a countless number of benefits including the possibility of a job when they are released.  The voluntary nature of this program cannot be underscored and its success is dependant upon this condition.

          The medical needs of workers, should any be required, are responded to by the Aguila Fire Department when workers are in Aguila and the Harquahala Fire Department when working in Harquahala.  Both Departments are able to provide life saving services and have the expertise and equipment to perform such services.  We have a paramedic who is on our staff in Aguila as well as being a member of the Aguila Fire Department.  He provided an in service to the crews, sharing information regarding dos and don’ts about animals and insects they might encounter. Martori Farms is sensitive to these issues and will do our best to provide for medical needs within the policies of ADC and ACI.

      Note that he doesn't address the fact that, in at least one instance, the farm overseer was the one pushing the women to the breaking point.

      He ends with

      It is the practice at Martori Farms to address issues, when they become known, immediately providing correction and plan for them not to reoccur.  It is the clear intention of Martori Farms to make this program a success by creating a beneficial work environment for all.

      So yes to bringing more attention to this. If Martori Farms is really serious about addressing these issues as they become known (and I have my doubts about it since this was brought to their attention before I wrote this article), then they can't say that they didn't know.

      •  It would be nice to see some pressure on (3+ / 0-)

        Wal*Mart.  [I detest Wal*Mart beyond words.]

        The stuff you've quoted from Martori Farms sounds like specious codswallop.  Or, downright lies.  :)

        Here is a link to a diary by LithiumCola about a short story by Ursula K. LeGuin titled "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas".

        I think her story and the discussion in the diary and comments are relevant to what is going on in the U.S. prison system.  Esp. the willingness to turn a blind eye.  

        We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

        by Observerinvancouver on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 08:17:10 AM PDT

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