| |California's Harvest of Shame
from California Assembly Access
“California’s Harvest of Shame,”is a short documentary showing some of the current conditions facing California farmworkers.
Farm Worker Stories frim 2008-2009
I would work all day without taking a break or going for water because I was afraid of getting fired.
--Erika Contreras,farm labor contractor worker
They give us the water they use to irrigate the fields.
--Pedro Zapien,vegetable worker
We have to pitch in money to have clean drinking water.
--Juan Martinez Vasquez, pea worker
Our water has a mossy smell and bitter taste.
--Ramon Mendoza,irrigation installer
The foreman drinks the water we bring ourselves.
--Francisco Villasaña,cotton worker
He treats us worse than animals...We don’t have fresh water.
The company did not provide shade for us to use.
--Juanita Mendoza,grape worker
When someone wants to drink water, the boss gets mad.
--Imelda Valdivia,grape worker
One foreman carries a gun on his side to scare the workers.
-- Alejandro Gil,cotton worker
They would never take us water. We had to take our own water.
--Gaspar Silva,vegetable worker
Sometimes full days would go by and they would never bring the bathrooms.
---Pedro Zapien, vegetable worker
They place the water on top of a box or on a tailgate of a pickup truck and when a worker goes to drink water, the heat is unbearable.
--Eva Zenteno,grape worker
Last year people got sick and people fainted. They had no water and needed breaks.
--Jorge Rodriguez,almond worker
Being without water is dangerous. We are not camels that can be working without water.
-- Jairo Salin Salosairo Luquez, grape worker