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The 'Children Of Smithfield' Are Speaking Out & Demanding Justice For Their Parents

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Mariah Wales (from left), Claudia Perales and Luis Sandoval rally in support of Smithfield workers in Crete, Nebraska earlier this month.

On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with members of Children of Smithfield, a group that advocates for workers' rights and better working conditions for all meat packing workers.

According to the Food and Environment Reporting Network, more than 18,000 meatpacking workers have contracted COVID-19. Activist groups have denounced working conditions for months and many families are suing companies like Smithfield and JBS for the deaths of their loved ones. What will it take to get justice for meat processing plant workers?


Dulce Castañeda, one of the leaders of Children of Smithfield

Linda, (anonymous) member of Children of Smithfield


Web Resources:

BBC, Jessica Lussenhop: Coronavirus at Smithfield pork plant: The untold story of America's biggest outbreak

Lincoln Journal Star, Cindy Lange-Kubick: Children of Smithfield, standing for the safety of their parents and all workers

Iowa Starting Line, Michael Aragon: What Would Justice For Packing Plant Workers Look Like?

The New York Times, Michael Corkery, David Yaffe-Bellany and Derek Kravitz: As Meatpacking Plants Reopen, Data About Worker Illness Remains Elusive