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Going to DC... Si se Puede!

Great support from the Florida delegation in DC for today's HUGE immigration reform rally.
SWER, Dreamer's Moms, FWAF, Miami Workers Center and many other FLIC members and friends jumped on the bus yesterday at 2p.m.

 

Si Se Puede!

Farmworker Association of Florida Sends Delegation to Washington DC
On the Agenda: Fair Immigration Reform for Farmworkers
 
Staff, leadership and community members of the Farmworker Association of Florida are in Washington DC this week to advocate for a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill that is fair to farmworkers.  Negotiations on CIR have stalled in the Senate largely over the issue of fair pay for farmworkers and details of an agreement over the H2A or 'guestworker' program.  No immigration reform bill will be a truly equitable and just law if farmworkers are left out of a plan that treats them with fairness and justice!  That is why FWAF sent carloads of farmworkers and community members to our nation's Capitol to speak with our elected officials in Congress and to let them hear farmworkers' stories face to face!
 
Over the weekend, women farmworkers from South Florida attended special sessions and Congressional visits to speak specifically on behalf of farmworker women across the U.S.  Thanks to our staff and community members in Homestead and Florida City for representing women farmworkers in Florida for all of us!
 
Now is the time to make your voice heard!  These are CRUCIAL DAYS in the decision making that can determine the future for hundreds of thousands and millions of farmworkers across the country.  Don't wait to contact your Senators and Congressional representatives to show your support for an immigration bill that includes NO reduction in pay for farmworkers and NO guestworker program that diminishes protections for farmworkers already here and those recruited from other countries.  SPEAK UP NOW!
 
And, THANK YOU!

 

Farm workers to support immigration reform

Farm workers and their families to travel from Florida to our nation’s Capital to support immigration reform effort
 
Apopka, FL – More than 100 farm workers, students and families of undocumented immigrants are headed to Capitol Hill on April 7 to lobby members of Congress to support an immigration process that includes a path to citizenship for farm workers and the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.
 
The delegation, including 15 farmworker members of the Farmworker Association of Florida, and comprised of farm workers, their sons and daughters and DACA recipients from around the county will be traveling from other states, including California, Washington, Oregon, New Jersey, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, Ohio and Minnesota to Washington, D.C. on April 7.
 
The tentative agenda for the delegation is as follows:
 
o   April 7th – Members of the farmworker delegation arrive in D.C.
o   April 8-9th– Legislative visits with members of Congress (House and Senate)
o   April 10th–  Joining "California Immigration Table" breakfast with over 200 Californian leaders and CA members of Congress
o   April 10th– 3 pm–6pm: Alliance for Citizenship Rally at the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

Homestead campaign for Citizenship

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Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Immigration Reform

Thursday, April 4th at 4:00pm
100 East Sybelia Ave.,
Maitland, FL 32751

Faith, Families & Farm Workers
Come Together to Ask Congressman Mica to
Say Yes to Immigration Reform with a Path to Citizenship,
Say Yes to Keeping Families Together &
Say Yes to Our Community!

For more information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Thanks for the 6th General Assembly

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.   

General Assembly on March 17th

MARCH 17, 2013
GENERAL ASSEMBLY
John Bridges Community Center
445 W 13th St Apopka, FL 32703‎
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The General Assembly will advance FWAF’s mission to build power within farmworker and rural low-income communities to respond to and gain control over the social, political, economic, workplace, health, and environmental justice issues impacting their lives.
Celebrating 30 years - 1983 - 2013
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Whose Pastures of Plenty?

At food voices blog
Every year, thousands of people cross the border from Mexico into the United States to find work in fields that stretch from Maine to Michigan to California to Florida. Each individual's story is different, yet they all come with a dream of a better life. Unfortunately, many struggle while basic human rights are withheld.  The first tenet of food sovereignty is that food is a basic human right. "Food: A Basic Human Right. Everyone must have access to safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food in sufficient quantity and quality to sustain a healthy life with full human dignity."

Farmworker women raising their voice

Vigilia a favor del amor
Unamonos por los derechos de la mujer campesina
Febrero 14, at 450 Davis Park Ave.
Florida City, Fl 33034
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Giving Thanks to Farmworkers Dinner

The Farmworker Association of Florida Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Ethnic food, entertainment, displays, conversation, and solidarity
St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church
Winter Park, FL
for more information, contact 407-886-5151
or email Chris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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The Human Cost of Fruits and Vegetables

(by Rosa ramirez, at National Journal)

 

1: At least one farm laborer dies each day while picking fruits and vegetables for U.S. consumption.

2%: The share of unionized farmworkers in the U.S.

$10,000: The starting average individual income for a farmworker is between $10,000 and $12,499, while the family household income is between $15,000 and $17,499.

 

Americans pay relatively little for fresh fruits and vegetables year round, in part because of the work done by farmworkers. But a new study by the Center for Progressive Reform titled “At the Company’s Mercy: Protecting Contingent Workers from Unsafe Working Conditions,” reveals the true human and economic cost of weak workplace regulations.

Immigrants Call for End to Deportations in U.S.

(article written By Jorge Bañales, taken from Latin American Herald Tribune)

 

WASHINGTON – Thirteen immigrants including a number of farm workers, who had traveled 1,600 kilometers (995 miles) in a caravan from Florida, called Tuesday in the U.S. capital for President Barack Obama to stop deportations and for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

The Caravan in the Washington Post

Farmworkers travel to D.C. to keep spotlight on immigration

 

By Tara Bahrampour, Published: January 21

 

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.”

Tirso Moreno, from the "Forward With Your Promise Caravan"

 

 

Este activista marcha a Washington desde Florida. Los inmigrantes y sus familias están cansados de ser perseguidos y de ser criminalizados, por lo tanto personas de pequeñas comunidades así como de grandes ciudades están abogando por sí mismos, y alzando sus voces pidiendo a Obama que cumpla con su promesa.

Forward with your Promise caravan in Orlando

Marchers Gathered in the Hall of the City of Orlando, to inform the press about the Forward With Your Promise caravan that heads to Washington D.C. Then they visited offices of Senator Rubio, where they were received by an employee.

Marchers Gather in Apopka

View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://floridafarmworkers.org/?start=140#sigProGalleria1cb2ee31d5
Marchers Gather in Apopka on their Way to Washington, D.C.
Their Message to Senator Marco Rubio and President Obama:
 Justice for the Country's Immigrants
 
What  :   Beginning of the Forward-With-Your-Promise Caravan
When :  January 3rd , 2012, 4:30 pm
Where:  Kit Land Nelson Park
              105 E. First Street (Corner of Park Avenue & First Street), Apopka, FL 32703
 
Apopka, FL - On Thursday, January 3rd, at 4:30 pm, immigrants' rights advocates and their supporters will kick off the 1,000-mile Forward-With-Your-Promise Caravan from Central Florida to Washington, D. C.  The marchers will gather at Kit Land Nelson Park in Apopka at 4:30 and walk two miles to the office of the Farmworker Association of Florida (1264 Apopka Blvd, Apopka, FL) for an immigrants' rights rally to kick-off the caravan to D.C.
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