Los Lecheros Film Discussion and Panel

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM) (CDT)
Event Details

Please join us for a conversation about undocumented immigrant workers in the Wisconsin dairy industry. The discussion will take place during the webinar. You will receive the link to watch the film ahead of time after you register. 

A collaboration between Twelve Letter Films and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Los Lecheros examines the interrelationship between undocumented immigrant workers and Wisconsin's $45 billion dairy industry, focusing on some of the workers and farmers struggling to survive amidst shifting policies. Immigrants make up over half of U.S. dairy workers. Many Wisconsin farm owners, like film protagonist John Rosenow, insist that immigrants are critical to the success of their farms. Workers, like Miguel Hernandez, who's spent 16 years on a Wisconsin dairy farm, and Guillermo Ramos, who manages a 1,000-cow farm, are weighing the options for their families and their jobs amidst fears of deportation and family separation.  

The panel will discuss policies and new developments around work visas, as well as the powerful personal relationships farmers in Wisconsin are building with families in Mexico. All registrants will receive the link to watch the film. 

To receive the link to watch the film and view the webinar please register. 

You can register by clicking "Register for Event" in the upper righthand corner of this page.

Join us May 3rd at 7 PM for the panel discussion with:

  • Moderator, Dee Hall, Wisconsin Watch
  • John Rosenow, Buffalo County dairy farmer
  • Nick Levendofsky, Wisconsin Farmers Union 
  • Ruth Conniff, Journalist and author of Milked

To find out more about the film visit https://www.twelveletterfilms.com/los-lecheros.  

Partnering Organizations:

The Southwest Wisconsin Area Progressives (SWWAP) is a local Mt. Horeb area democracy-in-action group advocating progressive government policies that work for a sustainable future. Visit SWWAP online at: www.swwap.org 

The Farley Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ecological sustainability, social justice and peace. It is located outside of Verona Wisconsin in the Town of Springdale on 108 acres of beautiful farm and wooded land. Visit the Center’s online webpage at: www.http://farleycenter.org  

Wisconsin Farmers Union, a member-driven organization, is committed to enhancing the quality of life for family farmers, rural communities, and all people through educational opportunities, cooperative endeavors, and civic engagement.  https://www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com/ 



Additional Information
Event Contact:
Kirsten Slaughter
Contact Organization:
Wisconsin Farmers Union
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