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Key Documents and News Articles

Compiled by members of Strengthening Sanctuary Alliance



Western States PACT 2021 Letter on Heat and Wildfire Smoke: includes regional and national signers, cited literature and appendices on Heat/Smoke Comparison Charts (on California, Oregon and Washington), and AQI (Air Quality Index) Basics for Ozone & Particle Pollution:

Northwest Regional Regional Primary Care Association… primary strategist on the PACT letter to Governors.

WA Emergency Rule on Heat – July 9, 2021


WA Emergency Rule on Wildfire Smoke – July 16, 2021

Proclamation by Governor Inslee Protecting the Health of Agricultural Workers (May 28, 2020)

Governor Inslee’s Agricultural Covid-19 Requirements (May 28, 2020)

Letter to Governor Inslee: Strengthening Sanctuary Alliance Asks for Protection for Agricultural Workers


WA. State Department of Health Reports:

           COVID-19 Cases by Occupation (June 2020)

           Shows disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on agricultural workers


            COVID-19 Cases by Race, Ethnicity and Language (July 2020)

            Shows disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color, especially Latino/as and Hawaian and Pacific Islanders


            COVID-19 Death Reports (July 2020)

            Shows high rates of deaths in Yakima County


            Confirmed Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths


Statement on COVID-19 and Risks to Farmworkers

            Signed by 12 Farmworker Advocacy Groups

            Powerful summary of the many challenges farmworker communities face that make them vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic.


From National Center for Farmworker Health:  COVID-19 in Rural America: Impact on Farms & Agricultural Workers

2017 Agricultural Workforce Report (from WA. State Dept. of Employment Security)

    Published 2019



Reading Resources: Conditions Facing Farmworkers and their Families

David Bacon Photographs & Stories. Bacon is one of the most recognized chroniclers of the lives of farmworkers. His work spans decades.


CA Institute for Rural Studies –

Research project on Farmworkers in the Covid era, tri-state study,

multi-faceted methodology.

Kristin Dahl,, “Killer Heat in the US: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days” Union of Concerned Scientists, 7- 2/2019.

Juley Fulcher, Boiling Point: OSHA Must Act Immediately to Protect Workers from Deadly Temperatures; Public Citizen, 6-28-22.

Seth Holmes, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the US (UC Press, 2013)

LL Jackson, “Preventing health-related illness among agricultural workers,” Journal of Agromedicine, July 2010

Union of Concerned Scientists – “Too Hot to Work” Assessing the Threats Climate Change Poses to Outdoor Workers. (info by state, county, congressional district; GIS maps; video; medical & economic impacts)  (articles by UCS climate scientist Dr. Rachel Licker)

Bill McKibben article on heat, focusing on kidney disorders… FWs enduring kidney disease and kidney stones in disproportionate numbers.

Dvera Saxton, The Devil’s Fruit: Farmworkers, Health & Environmental Justice.  (Rutgers University Press, 2021)

Dr. June Spector, UW Department of Occupational/Environmental Health Sciences, talk entitled “Heat-related Illness and Injuries, Climate & Practical Solutions for Agriculture”,  


American Public Health Association –

“Health & Climate Resource Guide” key issues, advocates & approaches

Environmental Health News – – daily news on heat, workers

Farmworker Justice Guide for Clinicians on Heat Exposure

FWJ on the proposed national bill… Valdivia Heat Illness & Fatality Prevention Act:


National Council on Occupational Safety & Health –  (general info & strategies)  (gathering info on workers who’ve died of heat exposure)

Public Citizen – Health & Safety Advocacy Project is a prime mover of federal actions to protect workers from heat exposure; PC is working with unions, worker centers and health organizations around the country to build momentum around heat/smoke/climate impacts.

 WA Labor & Industries June 2022 – Increased protection from heat & smoke –

Western States Pact for Heat & Wildfire Smoke –

PCUN (OR farmworkers) “Pledge for Heat/Smoke Rules” “Communities of color, low-income and indigenous people on the frontlines of climate and environmental change”

(Washington community-based network working toward a “just transition”)

Some general information, some specific to Yakima:


Pre-existing Conditions, No Sick Leave and Health Insurance Put Farmworkers at Increased Coronavirus Risk (The Counter, March 18, 2020)

Vulnerability of farmworker communities in in Florida, New York State, Washington State, and Arizona.


David Bacon, Are Washington’s Farmworkers COVID-19 Guinea Pigs?


6/19/20: “Latinos have the most coronavirus cases in Washington State.” 


Excellent general resource, for immigrant health/labor perspective:

The Stand, from the WA State Labor Council – daily section on Covid-19

Archive of news, resources, guidance  - section: Immigrant Workers

Selected Media Coverage

The New Yorker, 11/08/21  “The Migrant Workers Who Follow Climate Disasters”

(conditions workers face; the strategic efforts of the “Resilience Force”) 


KQED 10-8-21 CA Wildfire & Farmworkers………focus on vineyard workers


NPR 8/17/21

“Workers Dying of Heat Outdoors Without Standards to Protect Them”

Interview with Dr. June Spector, University of WA researcher

 &  CA State Assemblyman Robert Rivas)



PBS News Hour 8/6/21

“Farmworkers dying of extreme heat” (focus: Yakima Valley, WA)


KQED 9/8/21       CA Workers Focus – critical assessment of standards


The Guardian 7/16/21 “We’re not animals, we’re human beings”


Mother Jones, July 2021, Farmworkers, Central Valley CA

“Heat is a Killer” 8/16/21. Interview with Dr. Marc Schenker, UCDavis Western Ctr for Agricultural Health & Safety, short video


Environmental Health News – – daily news on heat, workers


News Articles Focused on Washington State   9-5-22   2-14-22    1-10-22

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