An unexpected email
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      Susana Lopez picks chiles on a farm in Deming, NM. Each bucket weighs 20 lbs.

Last week, I received an unexpected email from Maria Martinez Sanchez, an attorney with the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. "I just wanted to drop a line to thank you for Joseph Sorrentino's pieces on agricultural workers in New Mexico," she wrote. His articles for In These Times and the Santa Fe Reporter "are having an impact and causing the state labor agency to be more diligent in enforcing the law. Most people have no idea about the conditions that farm workers toil in. These articles cause people to think about where their food is coming from."

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