“We see that our poverty is as absolute as that of the poorest of nations. We have attempted to deny the human condition in our quest for power after power. It would be well for us to rejoin the human race, to accept our essential poverty as a gift, and share our material wealth with those in need.”
Robert Bellah, Habits of the Heart (via Dick Staub)
We told you about the tragic death of 17-year-old Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez who died while laboring in a Stockton area vineyard in 100 plus degree heat. According to a Wednesday AP story, the San Joaquin County Coroner has officially confirmed that Maria died of heat stroke. Maria had been working 8 hours in the blistering heat without shade or sufficient water. The closest water supply was a 10 minute walk away.
After a number of delays Maria was taken to a clinic. On the in Lodi, the foreman called on the driverâ€™s cell phone and spoke to Florentino. â€œIf you take her to a clinic,â€ the foreman said, â€œdonâ€™t say she was working [for the contractor]. Say she became sick because she was jogging to get exercise. Since sheâ€™s underage, it will create big problems for us.â€
From Sonja Andrews