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viva la causa

On August 23, musicians, poets, and actors gathered at Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro  in Bellingham from as far south as Auburn to raise much needed money for the Sakuma Bros. Farms berry pickers and Community to Community Development.  They included my regular buds, Greg Deer, JW McClure, and Mike Dumovich along with the Prozac Mountain Boys, Chicana poet, Angelica Guillen, actors Maristela Diaz and Fernando Calavo, and the wonderful Patricia Mazuela and Abel Rocha of Sin Fronteras.  The event was emceed  by Bellingham’s KBAI Progressive Radio host, Joe Teehan.


Emcee Joe Teehan


C2C Executive Director, Rosalinda Guillen introduced and translated for several of the workers who told their stories of wage -theft, abuse, unsanitary conditions, and other mistreatment at the hands of the growers.   For most of the audience, it was their first inkling of the conditions the workers were facing and the courage it took to stand up to fight it.

Boundary Bay-Sin Fronteras

Sin Frontera’s Patricia Mazuela and Abel Rocha

When the tally was finalized, nearly $1600 dollars had been collected.

Gracias a todos!

Additional benefits will be held throughout the Puget Sound region.  Check out C2C’s website for further details.  You may also donate directly through the website,


Posted September 6, 2013 by garykanter in Uncategorized

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