We Are: IMMIGRANTS
Fundamentally, the United States is a nation of immigrants. Despite tremendous fear, uncertainty, and difficulty, wave after wave have still come. Each adding their own aspirations, and toiling under often brutal conditions, to relentlessly build upon what many of their brothers and sisters from around the world had already achieved.
In my chosen trade, Immigrants are the wine industry's shadow. As the industry in the US grows taller every year, its shadow grows longer, more disfigured, and has become awkwardly out of synch.
It is abundantly clear -- without immigrants who tend to the life of the vines, and who often work behind the scenes in the cellars to make the wine -- the wine industry would be nothing but a vestige of itself. We, at Justice Grace Vineyards, are grateful.
While the country's legislators continue to squabble over addressing the often ruinous effects of decades of hypocrisy and look-the-other-way politics, there are many people and organizations fighting to represent the human beings, families, and values that would provide for an Immigration reform bill that provides dignity for the workers who have long deserved it.
President Obama's stunning record high deportations, more than 2 million (Please see the "Obama Immigration Legacy" project by Presente.org), have torn apart real families, with real children. If that were not enough, industries, including Agriculture, are seeing spot labor shortages around the country, affecting our nation's ability to feed itself. The time for compassionate Immigration reform is now.
As of July 2015, it looks like national Immigration reform has stalled once again. California AB-20 is an example of states taking it upon themselves, desperate for positive change, and unwilling to wait any longer.
But as 2017 begins, the Trump administration is launching a sickening war against Immigrants. It doesn't matter if they have been contributing peacefully and meaningfully, while paying taxes, to our society for years -- the New York Times reported 3/06/17 roughly 60% of undocumented immigrants have been in US for a decade or more.
The LA Times reported 3'17'17 that despite the rise in farmworker wages of late, "Trump’s immigration crackdown is supposed to help U.S. citizens. For California farmers, it’s worsening a desperate labor shortage."
All compassion has been discarded in this ideology of fear.
Some proceeds from the sale of this Soildarity wine will go towards supporting the following organizations on the front lines of this struggle for human dignity. We wish we could do so much more. And as we grow, we will...
Thank You for your support.
The politics of fear, hatred, ignorance, and divisiveness, might never be as -- unrestrained and public -- as it will be under the new President's administration. Our Immigrant neighbors are living in fear. It is real, and they need our Help.
WINE: 2nd Release of "We Are: IMMIGRANTS" is due in May 2017.
Chinese Immigrant Labor and CA Wine Industry:
Let us not forget the fundamental contribution of Chinese laborers to establishing CA wine industry. Please see NPR report, here...