Fires, Wine, Farmworkers – 8/25 General Meeting

Aura Aguilar

On the front lines of climate change fueled wildfires, farm workers are taking the brave step of organizing for safety and respect. At the 6 PM Thursday August 25, Open Meeting of the Oakmont Democratic Club in the CAC patio, Aura Aguilar of North Bay Jobs with Justice will share their campaign to improve working conditions for those who put food and drink on our tables. North Bay Jobs with Justice is a growing, grassroots coalition of more than 30 labor and community organizations in Sonoma, Napa, and Marin Counties.  

The July meeting of the Oakmont Dems was held on the patio of the CAC to rave reviews of attendees. The August 25 meeting will also be outdoors on the Central Activities Center (CAC) patio beginning with a social at 6PM and presentations at 6:30PM. Please check our website: for meeting details.  

Here in the North Bay, we are on the frontlines of the climate crisis, with wildfires, megadrought, and floods only exacerbating the negative impacts of an already unequal and unjust economy. With communities of color, low wage workers, and immigrant families leading the way, Jobs with Justice believes that a more just and resilient future is possible. During the wine grape harvest, workers labor tirelessly through the night, away from their families, in smoke filled skies, near wildfires, and in evacuation zones. This year as the drought worsens, our community is preparing to stand in solidarity with farmworkers. 

Despite multiple years of devastating climate change fueled wildfires, Sonoma County still does not have a formal policy addressing farmworker safety in wildfire evacuation zones. All of us experience these threats, but farmworkers are repeatedly put in danger during wildfire season. Over 100 businesses and organizations have signed an open letter supporting the adoption of a rigorous, local policy that prioritizes the safety and dignity of those putting their bodies on the line.  

Join us August 25, to hear their story and learn how Oakmont can help.