January 04, 2010

Stupid Fucking Hypocrite Hippies

Seriously, why is it I am not surprised that this shit happens?

Vermont likes to promote itself as a verdant, wholesome state with picturesque black and white Holsteins grazing on hillside pastures. But the postcard image hides an ugly truth. Santiz Cruz was one of 1,500 to 2,000 immigrant workers, most lacking legal papers, who toil invisibly behind the scenes in the Vermont's beleaguered dairy industry, working 80-hour weeks and living in total isolation, often sleeping in the very barns with the cows they tend.

"Vermont's dairy farms depend on migrant workers," said Brendan O'Neill, coordinator of the Vermont Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project. "But there is no dignity in performing important work for that amount of time and having to hide yourself, never seeing the light of day. These people live and work in the shadows."

Even when faced with tragedy, the workers stayed in the shadows. Santiz Cruz had 80 extended family members and friends working on nearby Vermont farms, but according to O'Neill, they feared gathering to hold a memorial service for the youth because of the possibility of prosecution and deportation. It was left to a handful of workers' rights advocates to hold a quiet candlelight vigil in his honor.

As a further grim reminder of how dispensable laborers are to modern agribusiness, there is some question about how the young man's remains will be returned home for burial--an effort that could cost as much as $10,000. The Vermont Workers' Center has started a memorial fund and is working with the Mexican consulate in Boston and the office of Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to get the body back to Las Margaritas.

Fuck you, Ben & Jerry! Fuck you with a hacky sack soaked in patchouli. You fucking hypocrites are no fucking better than the mega corporations you trash and attempt to cripple when this shit is going on in your own back yards. I swear, if another turtlefucking treehugger of terrible taste fucking tries to lecture me on anything, I will set their tye dye machine on fire and use spare tires as fuel.


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