Ramón Ramírez knew that Spanish-language radio stations were instrumental in reaching and mobilizing Latino immigrants. So when his union bought its own low-power FM station in Oregon two years ago, they opted to broadcast in Spanish. Because 70 percent of the state’s farmworkers are indigenous, the station also hosts programs in Mixteco, Triqui, and Purépecha, three languages native to Mexico.
Organizers-turned-deejays make listeners aware of their rights regarding wages, pesticides, and working conditions, empowering thousands of immigrant laborers to have a voice in the community. Coming soon to KPCN’s airwaves: radionovelas, which will use time-tested storytelling techniques to educate women about sexual harassment.
Last November, Ramírez helped us to kick off our fair food event series by sitting on a panel discussing small farm labor practices. The stories he told of farmworker conditions – and the community collaborations he’s coordinated in response – made it clear why PCUN would deserve this recognition for their tireless efforts.
Read more about it from The Oregonian.