Monthly Archives: March 2013

Remembering and Celebrating César Chávez

Today marks the 86th anniversary of the birth of César Chávez and of the final day of this year’s National Farmworker Awareness Week.  It is fitting we celebrate farmworkers this week for all the difficult and dangerous work they do … Continue reading

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Cultivating Brighter Futures

National Farmworker Awareness Week is a time for all of us to recognize the challenges faced by the 2.5 million workers on America’s farms. Of those farmworkers, it is estimated between 400,000 and 500,000 are children. AFOP’s Children in the … Continue reading

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Socioeconomic Status and Life Expectancy: Can Job Training Improve the Odds for Farmworkers?

Many facets of life are affected by socioeconomic status. These include quality of education and health care, job benefits, such as paid time off and sick leave, access to transportation and services, and many more.  One you may not have … Continue reading

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Demanding Equality and Respect for the Women Who Feed America

March is the month during which National Farmworker Awareness Week and César Chávez Day take place—two very important events in the farmworker community. It is also the month the United States pays tribute to the many women who have made … Continue reading

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Farmworkers’ Part in Sustainable Agriculture Conversation

By Jimi Patalano, Communications Intern, AFOP Recently, sustainability has become a buzzword in a variety of fields and industries—energy, manufacturing, and transportation are a few noteworthy examples. Widespread realization of the looming dangers of climate change to the economy, the … Continue reading

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National Farmworker Awareness Week 2013

For those of us dedicated to supporting and advocating for the estimated 2.5 million farmworkers in our county who harvest the foods we consume every day, National Farmworker Awareness Week (March 24-31) is a very special time. It not only gives … Continue reading

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Farmworker Immigration Reform: Preventing a “Bridge to Nowhere”

By David Strauss, East Coast Migrant Head Start Board Member and former Executive Director of AFOP Several years ago, the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee famously steered tens of millions of federal dollars to build a bridge in Alaska … Continue reading

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