Category Archives: AFOP

Immigration Now and Then: The Elusiveness of the American Dream

Both my mother and father left Vietnam in April 1975, a time known to expatriates as “Black April,” the month Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong. Their homeland had been torn asunder by years of bitter … Continue reading

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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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Training for Excellence in Workforce Development

AFOP held its annual Training Day on Friday, February 15th.  It was well attended by nearly 40 National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) grantees, as well as several U.S. Department of Labor representatives.   The event started off with a warm welcome … Continue reading

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AFOP Honors Congressional Champions

At its Thursday, February 14 congressional reception, AFOP presented its President’s Award to United States Representatives John Tierney of Massachusetts and Rubén Hinojosa of Texas for their continuing commitment to ensure farmworkers and their families have a shot at achieving … Continue reading

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