Mexico

Berry Pickers of the San Quintin Valley

In March 2015, tens of thousands of indigenous berry pickers walked out of the vast agribusiness fields of the San Quintin Valley in northern Mexico, launching the largest agricultural strike Mexico had seen in decades. Strikers carried signs that explain much about the world in which twenty-first-century workers operate. “Somos Trabajadores, no Esclavos. We Are Workers, Not Slaves.” When police cracked down violently, the Mexican newspaper La Jornada ran a cartoon of police beating strikers. “Haven’t thirty years of neoliberalism taught you anything?” the caption asked. The answer, in short, is: Yes. A lot.

— Annelise Orleck, We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now, 2018

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