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“ [When you speak] an indigenous language, you feel vulnerable — like you don’t get the message and you don’t feel safe. When you get a translation in your own tongue, then you feel there’s safety.”
Maria Salinas is a farmworker and organizer who predominantly speaks Chatino, an indigenous language of Mexico. She and other farmworkers, who make up the backbone of Sonoma County’s billion-dollar wine industry, have borne the brunt of climate change. When the historic Tubbs Fire raged through the region in 2017, many of them didn’t know proper evacuation routes and protocols because safety messages were only broadcast in English and Spanish. Since then, Maria has worked to ensure safety messages are also broadcast in indigenous languages. In 2022, she successfully advocated for the creation of an emergency operations plan that requires employers in Sonoma County to provide safety training and information to workers in their preferred languages. Learn more.
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