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 us an opportunity to celebrate farmworker contributions to our nation, it also allows us to acknowledge the staggeringly difficult and dangerous work farmworkers perform day in and day out, and to draw attention to the hardships they endure in delivering produce to our dining room tables.
To mark National Farmworker Awareness Week, students, community members, congregations, and organizations from across the country will seek to raise awareness about farmworker issues through events, blogs, media pieces, videos, and a variety of other activities. The week will then culminate with a celebration of the birthday and continuing legacy of farmworker and organizer César Chávez, on March 31.
AFOP has participated in these efforts in past years by using special blog posts to educate the general public about the many obstacles faced by farmworkers. Pleased with the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received, AFOP will once again engage in these activities this week, putting out informative posts from our team, including from our Children in the Fields Campaign and Health & Safety Programs experts, on the state of the United States farmworker. AFOP will also post information about events we are hosting or participating in that are taking place throughout the United States. Please check our Facebook page or follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NFAW13.
We look forward to celebrating with you the 2013 National Farmworker Awareness Week.