U.S. Farmworkers Express Support for Farmers’ Protest in India

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“Nearly one million farmers are peacefully organizing and demonstrating, but the Indian government has responded with state-sanctioned violence, including the use of tear gas, water cannons, mass arrests and indefinite detention,” begins a powerful letter sponsored by Justice for Migrant Women, a U.S.-based rural civic engagement initiative focusing on the needs of migrant women and other marginalized community members. “These human rights abuses must end now.”

The letter—which ran as a full-page advertisement in The New York Times on Tuesday—was accompanied by a powerful video including spoken excerpts of the open letter from celebrities, influencers and activists.

Indian farmers have been peacefully protesting since before Thanksgiving week last year, standing up for their livelihoods against…

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