Cargill Nine Fund

$2,595 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 39 people in 6 months
Created May 1, 2018
If you do not know about working conditions in the poultry plants please take a couple minutes to watch the Oxfam America video to better understand what motivated nine area residents to risk arrest in order to try to bring attention to and improve those conditions (conditions in turkey plants are very similar to chicken plants).   Don't miss "The Golden Cage," a 13 minute documentary produced by Kacey Dolan and Maeve Reiss that tells the story of the Cargill Nine in the context of the struggle of local poultry workers for justice.

Please donate to this fund to help pay for the legal fees, court costs and fines of the Cargill Nine, who were arrested on April 4, 2018 while attempting to deliver a community petition to Cargill-Dayton management.  Background and details below.

There are 12,000, highly vulnerable and easily exploited poultry workers, (mostly) immigrants and refugees, working in the poultry industry in the Shenandoah Valley.  Without adequate government regulation or union representation, these workers are subjected to third world sweatshop conditions, with low pay and high rates of injury. Community Solidarity with the Poultry Workers emerged out of an informal network of community organizations, including Faith in Action, Virginia Organizing, the Martin Luther King Jr Way Coalition, the Raptors and many others in response to the testimonies of workers about the abusive working conditions they face in the poultry plants.

We say to the poultry workers:  You are not alone!

To Cargill and the other poultry plants:  We are watching you!

We expect you to treat these workers right!

On April 4, the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, in Memphis, where he went to support African-American sanitation workers struggling for recognition of their union,  Community Solidarity with the Poultry Workers marched to the Cargill turkey plant in Dayton, Virginia, to deliver a petition,  The petition, signed by hundreds of area residents, asks that Cargill rehire poultry workers who had been fired for exercising their right to organize a union and to stop all retaliations against workers who dare to organize.  Cargill management refused to send a manager to receive the petition or allow us to send a representative to deliver it to their office.  When we tried to deliver the petition, Cargill had nine of us arrested and charged with trespassing.   The following individuals were arrested:  Michael Snell-Feikema, Yolo Moonsh-Adow, Nevin Zehr, Phil Yoder, Bruce Lundeen, Colum Leckey, Judith Wright, Bruce Busching, John Fairfield.

Any surplus funds will be used to benefit the cause of the poultry workers.
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$2,595 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 39 people in 6 months
Created May 1, 2018
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