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Crosscurrents

Farmworkers Risk Smoke, Heat, And COVID-19 As California Burns

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Teresa Cotsirilos
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KALW
Vineyards outside of Healdsburg, California on August 24, 2020.

From Santa Rosa to Salinas, farmworkers are harvesting as California burns. Workers are risking heat, smoke, and COVID-19 to pick grapes and harvest strawberries. Activists worry that 2020’s historic combination of disasters is also fueling labor abuses.

"Farmworkers can't afford food that they pick for the rest of us."

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Teresa Cotsirilos is a reporter at KALW, where she covers labor rights and public health in the Bay Area’s immigrant communities. A recipient of the IWMF Adelante Fellowship and the Center for Health Journalism's National Fellowship, she is currently investigating California wildfire cleanups and their impact on immigrant workers’ health and safety.