A 12-year-old girl picks cucumbers on a Michigan farm.
© 2009 ROMANO
Motherfucking shit, this bill has been sitting around for four fucking yrs.? Enough! Get out there & shoot someone who owns tobacco stock. Or kill a farmer. Seems fair to us. We'd love to see Americans paying what their food is worth & what their gas really costs.Dear EmailNation Subscriber,
It's not allowed to happen in Russia, or in Kazakhstan—but in the United States, children as young as twelve are allowed to toil on tobacco farms, performing backbreaking work and putting their health and lives at risk.
As Gabriel Thompson and Mariya Strauss document in The Nation, agricultural work is dangerous: on top of exposure to heavy pesticides and the possibility of acute nicotine poisoning, young workers are vulnerable to hazards involving farm vehicles, grain silos and manure pits.
The Children's Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act), introduced by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard this year but blocked by the GOP-controlled Education and Workforce Committee, would bring child labor standards in line with protections in other industries and increase civil penalties for abuse. The measure faces stiff opposition, but the exploitation of children, in the final telling, should be impossible to defend.
Join The Nation in calling for an end to child labor in agriculture. Contact your representatives and demand they fight to bring the CARE Act up for a vote. Then tweet at Representative John Kline (@repjohnkline), chair of the Education and Workforce Committee, and demand his committee act to fight this gross injustice.
Sarah Arnold, The Nation
P.S.: Rep. Kline's Twitt-Bio:
Serving my sixth term in Congress,And of course his Twit-staff is spewing lies about the ACA.
I am married to wife, Vicky.
I served 25 years in the Marine Corps,
retiring at the rank of Colonel.