Most of President Obama’s inaugural address was inaudible on the faulty Jumbotron at the Washington Monument, but toward the end one snippet came through clearly: “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity.”
On Sunday, March 17, 2013, FWAF held its 6th General Assembly in the farmworker community of Apopka, Florida. The purpose of the statewide General Assembly, held every five years, is to:
Refocus on FWAF’s mission, vision, and objectives.
Identify and prioritize issues impacting farmworker communities, as presented by local delegations from each of the Farmworker Association’s five regional areas.
Reorganize the priorities of the Farmworker Association, based on community-identified issues, to direct FWAF’s work for the next five years.
The top three priority issues impacting farmworkers and low-income immigrants, as identified by FWAF’s communities, include: immigration and the need for immigration reform; health and safety in the workplace/pesticide exposure; and economic issues, such as the need for better wages and benefits. The General Assembly was attended by approximately 300 persons, which included farmworker families, as well as representatives from supportive organizations, including: Rural Coalition, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Pesticide Action Network of North America, United Farm Workers, Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, State Voices – Florida, National Farm Worker Ministry, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Florida Legal Services, El Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas, National Immigrant Farming Initiative, National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, War on Poverty – Florida, and La Via Campesina of North America. In addition, 2013 marks the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the Farmworker Association of Florida! We are proud to be celebrating 30 years of positive and constructive work in, with, and for farmworker communities around the state.