SAN FRANCISCO – Exposure to pesticides is one key reason why children today are more likely to have a wide range of such diseases and disorders as cancer, autism, birth defects and asthma than children of a generation ago, according a study released yesterday.
By VICTORIA MACCHI, Naples News
Sunday, October 7, 2012
NAPLES — Since a much-debated immigration enforcement program started in Collier County five years ago, the Sheriff's Office has detained enough unauthorized immigrants to fill every other seat at a Germain Arena concert.
May 3, 2010
The woman was walking to work when a police officer asked her for identification and arrested her on an illegal-immigration charge.
Today, however, the "jail" was made of tinfoil and duct tape, and the arrest was part of a skit designed to raise awareness of the new Arizona immigration law opponents contend is racist and will lead to harassment of Hispanics.
Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
September 16, 2012
Tahmia Welch, 14, from left, and her cousins, who are triplets, Brittney, Ashley and Caitlin Bright, 16, meet with Antonio Tova, at left, with the Farmworker Association of Florida during the Environmental Youth Summit at the GRU Eastside Operations Center Saturday, September 15, 2012. (Photo by Doug Finger/ Staff Photographer)
As a new member of the Food Chain Workers Alliance, FWAF supported an action that was organized by an ally group which is taking a stand for workers in the restaurant industry.
On Tuesday, September 18th ROC, the Restaurant Opportunity Centers United, protested at the Darden company shareholders meeting in Lake Buena Vista, Florida by asking those with a stake in the company, “what is sustainable about a minimum wage that is the same as it was in 1991 and how do you justify a refusal to grant employees sick leave?” The Darden family of restaurants includes Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse,
||On Saturday August 25th a group of incoming freshmen students from Rollins College visited the FWAF office in Apopka to participate in a Be A Part from the Start day event. This program encourages students to do service for different organizations around the Central Florida area. In Apopka they planted fruit trees and pepper plants that FWAF will share with the community. This was a great experience for these young college freshmen and a tremendous opportunity to learn more about the farmworker experiences coming to this country and the dangers and challenges they faced. You rock, Rollins!|
On Saturday, August 18, the Farmworker Association of Florida hosted 17 Rollins College students for SPARC Day. SPARC (Service, Philanthropy, Activism, Rollins College) is an annual event coordinated by Rollins' Office of Community Engagement, which involves entering college students in a day of service learning with several nonprofit organizations throughout Central Florida. FWAF provided an educational program, followed by all of us working together in the Apopka Community Garden, alongside garden members. The event provided students with information on farmworkers' essential role in the food system and efforts to increase local food production by community members in Apopka. SPARC was an opportunity to "ignite a spark of passion to lead a life of service"!
We need your help! The Farmworker Association of Florida a finalist for a grant from the Rural Digital Advocacy Grant program. Our project, the Rural Florida Communications Project, will train rural community-based organizations that work with farmworkers, immigrants, and low-income persons to utilize Skype for video conferencing to advance advocacy and policy change activities. But we need your support! Please vote for us and share with your friends! With your support, we will be able to receive this important grant money, and help facilitate positive social change!
July 10, 2012 at Epicurious
Film producer Sanjay Rawal has turned his camera on farmworkers and their hardscrabble working and living conditions in his new documentary, Food Chain.
Rawal has had 15 years of experience working for governments and nonprofits, and started making films three years ago. His first two films, Ocean Monk and Challenging Impossibility, have won several film festival awards.
So why look at farm workers now? "My academic background is in biology, and I'm also involved in my dad's tomato-breeding business," Rawal told Epicurious. "That's what gave me access and insight into the world of farm labor."
Hernan Vera at huffingtonpost.com
Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Chavez had a summer job in 2011. But unlike many boys his age, Nicholas' summer job consisted of helping his parents pick bell peppers in the scorching fields outside Bakersfield, California.
Last July, with temperatures still above 106 degrees in the evening, Nicholas joined his parents for a nine-hour shift starting at 6:00 p.m. Three hours later, Nicholas felt sick from the heat and the lack of water, and began to vomit. The farm labor contractor and foreman left him at the side of the road, and told him not to return the next day.
Latinos in Immokalee still weary of checkpoints
By Andre Senior in WFTX-TV
IMMOKALEE, Fla. - Safety checkpoints by the Collier County Sheriff's Department continues to draw suspicion from Hispanics in the Immokalee community. Many of them believe that the only reason that the checkpoints are in place is to track those who are undocumented, an accusation that the sheriff's department denies. "In Immokalee a lot of families feel alarmed and a lot of them feel terrorized because they're not sure if their family members will be coming home that day," said Adan Iabra, an advocate for farm workers in the area.
Susanne Cervenka FLORIDA TODAY
Jun 25, 2012
FELLSMERE— Yolanda Gomez wears her U.S. passport around her neck when she goes to the state capital to lobby for the migrant farm workers in Fellsmere.
She admits it’s an extreme measure, but it nips questions about her citizenship, which have resulted from requirements like those in Arizona’s immigrations laws, before they start.
“For the way I look, people try to speak Spanish to me,” said Gomez, a U.S. citizen since the 1980s and a community organizer for the Farmworker Association of Florida.
By Ronnie Greene June 25, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Laboring in the blackberry fields of central Arkansas, the 18-year-old Mexican immigrant suddenly turned ill. Her nose began to bleed, her skin developed a rash, and she vomited.
The doctor told her it was most likely flu or bacterial infection, but farmworker Tania Banda-Rodriguez suspected pesticides. Under federal law, growers must promptly report the chemicals they spray.
There always seems to be more to do in a day than there are hours!
For almost a year, a dedicated group of people have been tirelessly working to bring about farmworker justice. They are not your normal activists… They are not standing on the picket line, they are not fighting big agro-business in the courtroom, nor are they not organizing rallies. Instead, they are using the power of the media, and more specifically film, to tell the story of American Farmworkers.
Check the full article in our blog
By TRACY X. MIGUEL / Naplesnews
Published Thursday, June 7, 2012
In the heat of immigration debate across the nation, increased border patrol and the recovering economy, Southwest Florida farms are struggling to get workers through the season.
Chuck Obern, owner of C & B Farms, a vegetable farm, in the Devil's Garden growing area in Hendry County, said he has struggled to find farmworkers in the last couple of years.
Sunday, June 3, 2012, San Francisco Chronicle
Four years ago, "Patricia M." was working in an almond orchard in California. She was 23 years old, had come from Mexico only two years earlier and had no family in the United States. She says the foreman "bothered" her at first, offering her food and drink and telling her he could get her work. This made Patricia uncomfortable, so she always refused. On the end of the third day, the foreman dropped all the other workers off, but he took her to a remote field and raped her.
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