Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wine Country Fires Threaten Immigrant Communities


Wildfires are raging in the wine country of Northern California.   Much has been written about the damage to the area’s wine industry, located in Sonoma and Napa counties. However, the area is also home to tens of thousands of immigrants who work in nearby vineyards and in the wine country service industry — are they’re at risk of losing their homes, jobs and safety nets to the wildfires.

Past research has shown that vulnerable populations suffer more in natural disasters, as the Atlantic reported in 2015, often because they lack the resources necessary to rebuild homes, or aren’t aware of what aid programs are available to them.

With a spate of harvest-time wildfires raging across the Northern California Wine Country, the United Farm Workers reports on efforts to check with UFW members and growers at union contract-companies in the affected areas of Napa and Sonoma counties. Here is an update as of Tuesday afternoon from some companies under UFW contract.


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