Tag Archives: Farmworker

The American Dream-“I am the hope of my parents’ harvest, I am the fruit of their efforts”

To honor Farmworker Awareness Week I invited a young farmworker woman to share her story. Eva and I first met in 2012 when she won a seven week, paid internship/fellowship in Washington D.C. Her story begins much the same as … Continue reading

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Protecting the Hard Working Hands

Farmworkers  are some of the most forgotten and unacknowledged workers in the United States. The general public has little knowledge of the many challenges agriculture workers face on a daily basis: extremely limited access to health care; poverty incomes; exposure … Continue reading

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Farmworker Awareness Week, March 24-28, 2014

Join AFOP in Recognizing Farmworker Awareness Week, March 24-28, 2014 As we begin the 2014 Farmworker Awareness Week, the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs encourages you to take time this week, and hopefully every day hereafter, to recognize the two … Continue reading

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A Child’s Story through His Lens: In Memoriam of Robin Romano

It has been three weeks since we lost a dear friend and powerful advocate, U. Roberto Romano — better known to those who loved him as Robin. Robin used his talents to help shine a light on the most vulnerable … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Michigan Farmworkers Deal With Loss of Harvest

An estimated 90,700 migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents live in my home state of Michigan. This includes farmworkers who live in Michigan year-round and those who travel from southern states, such as Texas and Florida, as they migrate … Continue reading

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World Day Against Child Labor 2012

According to the 2010 Global report on child labor prepared by the International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 215 million children globally are involved in child labor and half of them indulge in its worst forms. Most child workers (60 percent) … Continue reading

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