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A Matter of Conscience
by Jennifer Lagier
for Maria Corralejo
First I see the
women cannery workers on strike
whose only bargaining tools
consist of eight days
of prayer and self-imposed hunger.
Today, Sureño gang members
carry management-provided weapons,
patrol concertina wire corridors
between busloads of scabs
and picket-line labor.
the tenth child
of immigrant field hands,
describes 400 women and children
falling to their knees,
dragging themselves slowly
toward a church
down the Watsonville highway.
Sometimes, she tells me,
there is nothing left
to place between greed
and the poor
except our own bodies.
(Previously published in Voices in Italian Americana, Fall 1996)