Bias Incidents

Discrimination or Protection: Migrant farm workers push back on state's COVID-19 testing mandate

‘Why only us?': Migrant farm workers push back on state's COVID-19 testing mandate

The State of Michigan mandated COVID-19 testing due to several outbreaks on farms throughout Michigan. Between May 1 and early July, 2020 there were 102 cases linked to two farms in the Oceana County, according to Bridge Magazine,

Ottawa County: Video shows racist tirade against migrant worker

Travis Schoenborn, an employee of the EDS Schoenborn Orchard in Ottawa County has been charged with assault after a tirade against a migrant worker. The incident which was caught on tape by a co-worker, occurred July 2020 at the EDS Schoenborn Orchard in Ottawa County’s Tallmadge Township. Police reports allege that Schoenborn spit on a migrant worker after calling him racist slurs and humiliating him in front of his coworkers. (per WOOD8)

Elva Reyes

Elva Castilla Reyes is a former Field Services Assistant in the Marketing Department with MESSA, the State of Michigan Education Special Services Association who retired after 30 years of service.  She has held Union positions as a Negotiations Chair and President of the MESSA-SSA Support Staff Union.  She is currently a Trustee for LCLAA, serves as a member of the Civil Rights for Immigrants Task Force of Action of Greater Lansing and is a LLEAD charter member. She has been involved with Lansings Cesar E. Chavez Committee in efforts to rename Grand River Avenue/ Honorary Cesar E.

Alberto Flores

Alberto Flores is a founding member of LLEAD.  Flores served as the Acting Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

Rudy Reyes

Rudolfo “Rudy” Reyes retired after 37.5 years as a General Motors line worker. He served as a Community Chair for the UAW.