PODCAST. From KQED’s Forum on Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 at 9:00am.
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After seven farm workers were killed Monday in a mass shooting in Half Moon Bay, the city’s vice-mayor Joaquin Jimenez said in a press conference, “Many of you come to our community for the pumpkins, and ignore the farm workers. Not today.” Forum discusses the work, lives and struggles of farmworkers on California’s central coast, and we get the latest on the investigation and fallout from the massacre.
Belinda Hernandez Arriaga, executive director and founder of ALAS (Ayudando Latinos A Soñar), a community group in Half Moon Bay and licensed clinical social worker
Marisa Lagos, politics correspondent and co-host of Political Breakdown show, KQED
Madi Bolanos, co-host of The California Report, KQED
Antonio De Loera-Brust, Director of Communications, United Farm Workers
Ximena Bustillo, politics reporter, NPR; former food and agriculture policy reporter, Politico covering immigration, labor and equity issues
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Many workers and their families are suffering as a result through loss of friends and colleagues, living arrangements, and employment. The organizations that are helping are ALAS, Coastside Hope, IDES Hall, City of HMB, and San Mateo County. If you’d like to know how you can help, gift cards can be purchased through ALAS Donate and Coastside Hope Donate.
January 26th, 2023; D3 Supervisor Ray Mueller’s Facebook
ARTICLE. From the San Jose Mercury News.
‘Oh my God, he killed him!’ Farmworkers share firsthand account of start of Half Moon Bay rampage
Sisters had just finished a shift when police say Chunli Zhao started shooting
HALF MOON BAY — Erlin Ortiz and her sister Miriam had just finished their shift packing mushrooms at the California Terra Gardens farm and were sitting in their car ready to run an errand when the horror unfolded before them.