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are filling in "malnutrition" in the spaces left for "causes of death." For some reason, a coronershrinks from writing "starvation" when a thin child is dead in a tent.For it's in the tents you see along the roads and in the shacks built from dump heap material that the hunger is, and it isn't malnutrition. Itis starvation. Malnutrition means you go without certain food essentials and take a long time to die, but starvation means no food at all.The green grass spreading right into the tent doorways and the orange trees are loaded. In the cotton fields, a few wisps of the old cropcling to the black stems.But the people who picked the cotton, and cut the peaches and apricots, who crawled all day in the rows of lettuce and beans are hungry.The men who harvested the crops of California, the women and girls who stood all day and half the night in the canneries, are starving.Itwas so two years ago in Nipomo, it is so now, it will continue to be so until the rich produce of California can be grown and harvested onsome other basis than that of stupidity and greed.What is to be done about it? The Federal Government is trying to feed and give direct relief through theNew Deal, but it is difficult to doquickly for there are forms to fill out, questions to ask, for fear someone who isn't actually starving may get something. The state relieforganizations are trying to send those who haven't been in the state for a year back to the states they came from… With the exception of alittle pea picking, there isn't going to be any work for nearly three months.
There is sickness in the tents, pneumonia and measles, tuberculosis. Measles in a tent, with no way to protect the eyes, means a child withweakened eyes for life. And there are varied diseases attributable to hunger,ricketsand the beginning ofpellagra.The nurses in thecounty, and there aren't one-tenth enough of them, are working their heads off, doing a magnificent job and they can only begin to do thework. The corps includes nurses assigned by the federal and state public health services, school nurses and county health nurses, and afew nurses furnished by the Council of Women for Home Missions, a national church organization. I've seen them, red-eyed, weary fromfar too many hours......It may be of interest toreiteratethe reasons why these people are in the state and the reason they must go hungry. They are herebecause we need them. Before the white American migrants were here, it was the custom in California to import great numbers ofMexicans, Filipinos, Japanese, to keep them segregated, to herd them about like animals, and, if there were any complaints, to deport orto imprison the leaders. This system of labor was a dream of heaven to such employers as those who now fear foreign agitators so much.But then the dust and the tractors began displacing the sharecroppers of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Arkansas. Families who had livedfor many years on the little "cropper lands" weredispossessedbecause the land was in the hands of the banks and finance companies,

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