Monthly Archives: March 2012

Honoring Cesar Chavez

In 1968-69, I remember first hearing about the United Farm Workers (UFW) and Cesar Chavez. Many of my friends were getting ready to participate in the grape boycott and, after hearing about the plight of California’s farmworkers, I had to … Continue reading

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Roots of Change

National Farmworker Awareness Week is a time to increase awareness on both the difficult conditions farmworkers live and work under, and of what is being done by advocates to help improve their lives. This year’s National Farmworker Awareness Week was … Continue reading

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Increased Risk of Cancers among Farmworkers

In honor of National Farmworker Awareness Week, I thought it prudent to examine one particularly significant health issue plaguing the farmworker community: Cancer. A variety of cancers have been associated with work in agriculture for decades. Prostate cancer, for example, … Continue reading

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Farmworker Youth: Empowered and Activated to Create Change

By Noemi Ochoa, Children in the Fields Campaign Texas Regional Coordinator Farmworker Awareness Week is in full swing, and we can’t forget why there is a national week of action dedicated to farmworkers in the first place. In South Texas, raising awareness … Continue reading

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Stress Can Be a Killer

Stress has been linked to a variety of physical and mental ailments, such as headaches, depression, cancer, insomnia, skin disease, cardiovascular disease, an under active immune system, and can exacerbate other pre-existing conditions like HIV/AIDS. Many diseases linked to stress … Continue reading

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Farmworker Youth and Advocates Discuss Child Labor at Duke University

Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) in conjunction with Duke School of Divinity and other community members are celebrating National Farmworker Awareness Week by raising awareness about farmworker issues on campus and in our communities.  The Children in the Fields Campaign … Continue reading

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National Farmworker Awareness Week Begins

Today is the beginning of National Farmworker Awareness Week. This is a very special week for those of us dedicated to supporting and advocating for the estimated 2.5 million farmworkers in our country working to harvest the foods we enjoy … Continue reading

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Strawberry Fields Forever

The dangerous pesticide methyl iodide is finally being pulled from all U.S. markets. Arysta Life Science Inc., the Tokyo-based company that produces the pesticide, confirmed in a news release on Tuesday that it was suspending the sale of all formulations of … Continue reading

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The American Dream and Immigrant Youth

Young people, of whatever background, who do well in high school, have many options in front of them. Usually, those options begin with selecting the college or university that best meets their needs, hopes, and desires. In the U.S., a … Continue reading

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The Fight for Women’s Equality

As we enter Women’s History Month, it is almost certain that much of the focus will be on how far women have come in securing equal status. While great strides have been made, there is still a long way to … Continue reading

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