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Migrant workers in Wine Industries of Sonoma/Napa
Posted February 25th, 2013 - 6:46 am by from Berkeley, United States (Permalink)
Hi everyone,

My name is Paul and I am a grad student interested in learning more about the lives of Mexican migrant workers in the wine industries of Sonoma/Napa valley. I am working on a project to compare experiences of Mexican workers in the US and Bolivian workers in Argentina in the wine industries. I would like to conduct interviews with migrant workers to learn about their experiences working in the US, but right now I am having difficulty gaining access to respondents.

If anyone knows about or is involved with the wine industry here, or is familiar with the migrant community, and could give me some suggestions on meeting the workers or could connect me, I would really appreciate the help!

Feel free to private message me and I can give more details about my project as well.

Thanks in advance!

In community,

Paul

Posted February 25th, 2013 - 6:49 am from Sebastopol, United States
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Posted February 25th, 2013 - 6:58 am by from Berkeley, United States (Permalink)
Hi Shellerae,

Thanks for the prompt follow-up and useful information! I've heard that in this area many of the workers come from Michoacan...Do you know of any Michocan immigrant communities in the area??

Thanks again for your help. I'm going to see if I can find that article you mentioned.

Posted February 25th, 2013 - 7:04 am from Sebastopol, United States
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Posted February 27th, 2013 - 5:04 am by from Santa Rosa, United States (Permalink)
Hola Paul,

I work with Cal/OSHA and frequently interview mexicano vineyard and construction workers.
If you call me tomorrow afternoon I can get you a phone number for a local NGO "CRLA" who works on behalf of this population.
Hablas Espanol? CRLA staff usually don't speak English.
Give me a call.
Mark Harrington
707-738-3270

Posted February 27th, 2013 - 9:02 pm by from Berkeley, United States (Permalink)
Hi Mark,

Thanks so much for this information! I will be sure to reach out to you to continue this conversation. Si, hablo español, y planeo hacer entrevistas en español.

Thanks again and I´ll give you a call shortly

Best,

Paul

Posted March 5th, 2013 - 1:52 am by from Sonoma, United States (Permalink)
Hi Paul,
Look into contacting a local group in Sonoma Valley called, "Nuestra Vos," to ask these questions. If you can't find them, ask "La Luz" in Boyes Bot Springs.
good luck,
Cat

Posted March 5th, 2013 - 2:03 am by from Berkeley, United States (Permalink)
Hi Cat,

Thanks for the information! I'll look into this.

I appreciate your help.

alll the best,

Paul