Monthly Archives: September 2010

Back to School Blues

Never could this saying be truer than to a migrant student. While most students are excited about their new clothes, new backpacks and seeing old and new friends, the majority of migrant students are still laboring in the hot sun from wee hours of the morning until sun down. They miss out on all the fun to be had at the beginning of the school year – not to mention missing out on all of the instruction. In many instances a migrant student does not enroll in school until mid-October; for others, they do not start the school year until much later, like November or December. The life of a migrant family is to pursue seasonal harvests. If the harvest is good, they don’t waiver; they keep on working until there is nothing left to harvest. At the end of the season, they journey back to their home town, only to find out many of the classes the students needed are full to capacity and students have to resort to what is left over. Continue reading

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La Cosecha/The Harvest Illuminates the Dangers of Child labor in Agriculture at Special Screening on Capitol Hill

The voices of America’s farmworker children rang out across Capitol Hill last week at a film screening I attended hosted by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California. The event featured a selection of scenes from La Cosecha/The Harvest, the latest documentary … Continue reading

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American Farms: Idyllic, But Sometimes Unsafe

September 19-26 marks the 67th Anniversary of National Farm Safety and Health Week, a time to reflect and consider how to improve working conditions on America’s farms, fields and orchards. According to the National Consumers League, agriculture is among the … Continue reading

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Holy Mole! The Spirit of Food and the People Behind It

On Saturday, September 18, AFOP’s Children in the Fields Campaign and the NC FIELD Coalition are holding an afternoon of hands-on classes the making of mole and other Mexican delicacies, as well as instructional sessions, exhibitions and information tables on … Continue reading

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