Viewing entries tagged
North Country

“In My Own Backyard”:  SUNY Potsdam Professor on Archaeology as Entry Point to Local History, Instrument of Social Justice

Comment

“In My Own Backyard”: SUNY Potsdam Professor on Archaeology as Entry Point to Local History, Instrument of Social Justice

“I think there’s something really compelling about living and researching in the same place. To feel more grounded, quite literally, by going into the ground. I think there’s a power to that. Of staying and learning more about where you live.” Nicole Roché introduces us to Dr. Hadley Kruczek-Aaron, who does archaeological research at the intersection of local history and social justice.

Comment

“I Am Home!”:  Locals March against Racism and Xenophobia in Majority-White Potsdam, N.Y.

1 Comment

“I Am Home!”: Locals March against Racism and Xenophobia in Majority-White Potsdam, N.Y.

As the “March against Racism” began on Saturday morning in Potsdam, New York, organizer Jennifer Baxtron told the crowd to raise their signs and let their voices be heard.  “Show everybody that even in this little town, love conquers hate,” she said. “Love overpowers hate.” Nicole Roché reports on a march that sought to shine a light on the need to address issues of racism and xenophobia in the majority-white “North Country” of northern NY - and beyond.

1 Comment

Becoming Visible: Navigating Addiction in the North Country

1 Comment

Becoming Visible: Navigating Addiction in the North Country

What do we encounter every day that most of us just don't see? The cruelest life circumstances are translated into statistics — cold percentages that don’t fully show the heartache of poverty, addiction, crime, and loss. The numbers represent real people in our hometowns who are struggling to cope, to build or rebuild their lives, but it’s as if they’re invisible to us. Connie Jenkins introduces us to two “life in progress” stories of North Country residents who have battled substance abuse.

1 Comment

A Different Kind of Resistance at Bittersweet Farm

1 Comment

A Different Kind of Resistance at Bittersweet Farm

By Andrew Watson

It is the morning of January 16th, four days before Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. It is, coincidentally, four days before many believe the end of the world will begin. For Brian Bennett, his wife Ann, and his daughter Catherine, it is just Monday. The Bennetts, owners and operators of Bittersweet Farm in Heuvelton, New York, are resistance fighters. However, they do not fight with guns, uniforms, or marching orders; their fight requires hand tools, a 1958 International Harvester, and an extensive knowledge of heritage breed ruminants and poultry.

1 Comment

Canton, NY hosts "No to the Ban, Yes to Solidarity" rally

1 Comment

Canton, NY hosts "No to the Ban, Yes to Solidarity" rally

By John Collins

On a day when major cities across the United States saw large rallies and protests against President Donald Trump's Executive Order on immigration, Weave News was on hand to provide exclusive live coverage of a rally that took place in the small town of Canton, NY. Located less than 30 minutes from the Canadian border in northern NY state, Canton has a population of roughly 6,000 people. Yet its rally, which attracted some 300 local residents, garnered national attention when it was listed in an article on ThinkProgress and featured on an MSNBC map of major protest actions.

1 Comment

Changing Times: North Country Dairy Farmers Tell Their Stories

Comment

Changing Times: North Country Dairy Farmers Tell Their Stories

By Julianne DeGuardi

While conducting this research on the history of the North Country dairy industry, I contacted Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), a local non-profit organization based in Canton, NY. TAUNY developed an exhibit in 2013 entitled Dairy Farm Workers in Northern New York, which consisted of several recorded and transcribed interviews with dairy farmers throughout St. Lawrence County and with some Hispanic migrant workers, as well as several photos of the farms that depict various aspects of farm life and work. In this particular post I will be referencing some of the interviews with the farmers to share their experiences and perspectives on the aforementioned changes within the North Country dairy industry over the last thirty years. I will be referencing the transcribed interviews with farmers from three different dairy farms in St. Lawrence County: Decker Farm, Adon Farm, and Andrews Farm.

Comment

The Changing Nature of the North Country Dairy Industry

Comment

The Changing Nature of the North Country Dairy Industry

By Julianne DeGuardi

As I have mentioned in previous posts, the dairy industry is an extremely lucrative component of New York State’s economy, especially in St. Lawrence County, which is the state’s second largest dairy producer. Within the last thirty years, however, the industry throughout the entire U.S. has undergone drastic changes that have reverberated throughout New York State in general and St. Lawrence Country in particular. In the late 1980s, New York began deregulating the dairy industry by eliminating New-Deal-era regulations that had protected local milk processors. Consequently the state has lost nearly two-thirds of its dairy farms since the 1980s and the ones that remain have expanded.  In this post I provide an overview of these changes, all of which provide the context for an upcoming post that will feature the voices of North Country dairy farmers.

Comment

Free Trade of Goods and People? The Macro Context of Mexico-US Migration

Comment

Free Trade of Goods and People? The Macro Context of Mexico-US Migration

By Julianne DeGuardi

Migration is never an isolated phenomenon; it is always situated within a larger macro political-economic framework. Migration rates from Mexico to the US within the last 20 years must be examined within the context of the political-economic relationship between Mexico and the US from the late 1980s to the present. Although there has been a high demand for low wage migrant labor within the US, especially in the dairy industry, migration cannot solely be explained by the demand for labor in the destination country. Migratory trends are equally propelled by the political, social, and economic situation in the emitter country.

Comment

Migrant Workers in the North Country: Heightened Border Security, Heightened Invisibility

1 Comment

Migrant Workers in the North Country: Heightened Border Security, Heightened Invisibility

By Julianne DeGuardi

Since 9/11 Border Patrol regulations have been heightened significantly, which has placed the migrant workers in an increasingly vulnerable situation at the northern border. In 2001 there were about 340 Border Patrol agents in the US with 37 in NY; however, in 2014 there were 2,094 agents with 288 in NY. As result of such high border security, which I have witnessed myself this summer driving around the North Country, these migrant communities have become increasingly invisible, especially dairy farm workers because the majority are undocumented due to the lack of a visa program available for year-round workers.

1 Comment