"All of my life I have worked the land"


Main Participant

Don Polo

Occupation

Agricultural worker

Colorado County & Region

Greeley area, Weld County, north 2

Original Language

Español

Transcription

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“Toda la vida he trabajado la tierra. me gusta el trabajo del campo en Colorado las condiciones del clima son dura . el trabajo es temporal empieza en abril preparando la tierra para la cosecha y termina en noviembre son 7 meses de trabajo duro y forzado con un salario de $12.00 por hora.no hay overtime, aseguranza medica, dia trabajado dia pagado.

En muchas ocasiones fui testigo de hostigamiento , maltrato ,descriminacion por parte de los mayordomos a los trabajadores. El idioma es la barrera principal entre la comunicación del trabajador con el patrón, el mayordomo siempre dará su versión a favor del patrón.

Yo solo quiero trabajar sin ser una carga para el gobierno mi prioridad es proteger a mi familia de la violencia y corrupción en mi país..

A los legisladores les diría que las historias sean tomadas en cuenta para beneficio de toda la comunidad . libertad para trabajar respeto a la persona ."

Translation Language (if available)

English

Translation

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“All of my life I have worked the land. I like working in the fields of Colorado but the weather conditions are hard. The work is seasonal and starts in April, preparing the land for the season and it ends in November, it is 7 months of hard and forced work, with a wage of only $12.00 per hour, there is no overtime, medical insurance, a day worked is a day paid.

In many cases I was a witness to harassment, maltreatment, and discrimination from the managers toward the workers. Language is the principal barrier for communication between the worker and the managers, the manager will always give their version in favor of the owner.

I only want to work without being a burden on the government, my priority is to protect my family from violence and corruption in my country.


To the legislators I would say that the stories be taken into consideration for the benefit of the entire community, liberty to work and respect for the person."

Archivist Notes

A man from mexico, 55 years old. He arrived in the U.S. of January 2016 with 16 members of his family after approval of political asylum due to the assassination of his son in Mexico.

Title

"All of my life I have worked the land"

Description

Don Polo discusses low wages, difficult hours, harassment, language barriers, and wanting to provide for and protect his family after being granted political asylum from Mexico.

Creator

Marta Espinoza

Date

2021-02-08

Contributor

Penske McCormack

Coverage

Citation

Marta Espinoza, "All of my life I have worked the land" 2021-02-08. Esencial Colorado, accessed April 24, 2024, http://esencialcolorado.org/items/show/22