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'Under rain, under thunder, we’re there working': Kern farmworkers head to Washington seeking protections, path to citizenship

For Flor Alvarado, being a farmworker is to understand endurance.

When she still worked the strawberry fields, her day began at 4 a.m. and often didn’t end until late. In between, she and her fellow laborers did some of the hardest physical work in American industry. Each adorn a uniform that hasn’t changed much in decades: heavy trousers or jeans, an apron, a winter coat in the case of morning chill and caulked boots, often still caked in mud from the previous day. The tasks were generally the same: pick fruits they’ll never taste, and bring life to loam in lands they’ll never own.

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