Author Archives: David Strauss, AFOP's Executive Director

About David Strauss, AFOP's Executive Director

David A. Strauss has actively advocated for America’s farmworkers and served AFOP member agencies as the Executive Director since 2000. In addition to his role as the Executive Director, David is also on the steering committees of the Child Labor Coalition and the National Farmworker Alliance, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project. David has a Master of Arts in public administration and a B.A. in political science. He and his family live in Rockville, Maryland.

Labor Rights Week: Unfinished Business in the Fields

Today marks the beginning of Labor Rights Week, a time when the United States and many of its allies recognize the rights and needs of the workforce. Many of these countries and their voluntary organizations, including the U.S., will focus … Continue reading

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SB 1070: Legal is Not Always Moral

On June 25, 2012 the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling of Senate Bill 1070, choosing to uphold one significant section of the law Arizona passed two years ago to create new penalties against undocumented persons in that state. … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Holiday Hope

As I write this, Congress is debating the still-unfinished federal budget for Fiscal Year 2012. While this may not seem strange, it should. The federal fiscal year for 2012 began on October 1, 2011 and will end September 30, 2012. … Continue reading

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Dates Matter

As you prepare for your Thanksgiving dinner, I ask that you take a moment to reflect on how the food got to your table. Our country’s migrant and seasonal farmworkers are responsible for much of the wonderful bounty you will … Continue reading

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Not In My Name

I just read an item that states the Obama Administration’s Department of Homeland Security initiated deportations of nearly 400,000 people over the last fiscal year, the largest number in history.  I suspect many people across the country will read that … Continue reading

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Forty Years of Hope

Just over a week ago, we celebrated the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs’ 40th Anniversary. We did so in the middle of our annual national conference in Arlington, Virginia. Both events were attended by over 360 people, all committed to … Continue reading

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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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