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Death of Oregonians during June heat wave shows systemic failures

Oregon farmworker union rep. April Alvarez spoke at a Portland vigil to honor Sebastian Francisco Perez, a 38-year-old farmworker who died in Marion County during the late June heat wave.
Oregon farmworker union rep. April Alvarez spoke at a Portland vigil to honor Sebastian Francisco Perez, a 38-year-old farmworker who died in Marion County during the late June heat wave.

While countless suffered through the Pacific Northwest heat waves this summer, some of Oregon’s most vulnerable communities faced the harshest conditions. In the Pacific Northwest, those at risk were outdoor workers, the elderly and people experiencing homelessness. Journalist Jeff Goodell chronicles the life and death of Sebastian Perez, an immigrant farm worker in Oregon who died during the record-breaking heat at the end of June. Goodell joins us to give details on his Rolling Stone story and how the state could do a better job of protecting workers.

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