Monthly Archives: March 2011

Inspiration During a Time of Worry

Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending a celebration of the life and legacy of César Chávez at the White House. Ernie Flores, AFOP President, and Hermelinda Sapien, AFOP Executive Committee member, accompanied me to this invitation-only event at the … Continue reading

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Dangerous Exposure: Farmworker Children and Pesticides

It has been almost a year since the groundbreaking report from the President’s Panel on Cancer was released, highlighting environmental causes of cancer.  Of particular interest to us was the chapter on agricultural chemicals and the attention given specifically to … Continue reading

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¡Sí Se Puede!

National Farmworker Awareness Week is an exciting time for farmworker advocates across the country. It is an opportunity for us to engage with our communities and bring awareness to the many problems that plague farmworkers today. Farmworker children don’t have the … Continue reading

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The Health of America’s Farmworkers

One area AFOP’s Health & Safety Programs would like to bring attention to during National Farmworker Awareness Week is the issue of serious health problems faced by farmworkers in the United States. Farmworkers have a unique set of health concerns, … Continue reading

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National Farmworker Awareness Week

This coming week is National Farmworker Awareness Week, as well as the celebration of the birthday and legacy of César Chávez.  From March 27 through April 2, students, community members, congregations, and organizations across the country will work to raise … Continue reading

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Fiscal Responsibility and Federally-Funded Services to the Working Poor

We are watching an amazing conversation taking place in Washington, D.C., and maybe other places, though it is never clear how much of the public shares the latest obsessions in the nation’s capital. The conversation is mostly a one-way “dialogue” … Continue reading

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SAFE AmeriCorps Health and Safety Training at the National Chavez Center

“The best way to honor his [Cesar Chavez] memory is to keep his work going. Your training here is the best birthday present he could have!” –Paul Chavez, son of Cesar Chavez and president of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation … Continue reading

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A Modern Day Assault on Childhood

With no child labor laws in place, poor working conditions, abuses, injuries and even deaths were commonplace throughout the late 19th century. Children risked their health, were not educated, and lost their childhoods while working 12 to 18 hour days … Continue reading

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How Can We Prevent Future Tragedies?

Maria Isavel Vasquez Jimenez was only 17 when she died while working in the scorching heat for over nine hours, in a California vineyard. The only source of water was a 10 minute walk away and the temperatures had reached … Continue reading

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