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Seedcast: With Marciano Sanchez, 'one farmworker represents almost an entire community'

Felipe Contreras
Marciano Sanchez, center, is surrounded by his mother, father and sisters. Because he speaks English, Spanish and Mixteco and comes from a family that is respected in the farmworker community, Marciano was a trusted negotiator as the union began.

All this week, we have been sharing stories from the podcast Seedcast, which explores the stories of the Indigenous experience around the world.

On Thursday, we heard from Marciano Sanchez. He and his family were displaced from their homeland when he was a child and ended up harvesting berries in the Skagit Valley in exploitive working conditions.

When we left off, farmworkers had founded the first Indigenous farmworkers union in Washington. Now, in part two of the story, we hear how Sanchez went from farmworker to union organizer, and how important language, culture and community were in his success.

We also hear from Edgar Franks, political director at Familias Unidas por la Justicia.

Want to hear more from Seedcast? Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts.

Kevin Kniestedt is a journalist, host and producer who began his career at KNKX in 2003. Over his 17 years with the station, he worked as a full time jazz host, a news host and produced the weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary.