March 18, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Mexicali, Baja California—A march by a group of jornaleros—farm laborers— that began at the U.S. border early this month will culminate with a rally in Mexico City Mar. 17.
The jornaleros, mostly members of indigenous ethnic groups, work in San Quintín, a town on the west coast of Baja California that supplies a large amount of fruits and vegetables exported to the United States. They make about $10 a day for well over eight hours, and have no health care and no paid days off. They went on strike in March 2015 to demand better working conditions and better pay, but conditions have not improved since then, caravan leader Fidel Sánchez told La Voz de la Frontera in Mexicali, Baja California, Mar. 6. Read more