FWAF Celebrates 40 Years of Social Justice
Farmworker Awareness Week!
National Farmworker Awareness Week (NFAW) is a week of action for communities and individuals to bring attention to farmworkers and honor them for the contributions they make to our daily lives.Learn More
FWAF at Food Chain Workers Alliance Summit
A shout out to the great Summit by the Food Chain Workers Alliance and FWAF Staff's participation in the Summit - Maria Carmona, Maria Martinez, Yesica Ramirez, Neza Xiuhtecutli, and FWAF Board member, Benita Lozano for bringing our farmworker community members' issues, realities and struggles to the Summit in California! FWAF staff gave a presentation on our years long research study with Emory University, and joined FCWA members in actions in support of workers around the country. Great solidarity and strategic planning event with food chain workers across the country! We are so proud of you all and so grateful for everyone's great work for social, economic, environmental, worker, and climate justice! Sí, Se Puede! Adelante!
Homestead Celebrates 30 Years!
FWAF celebrated the 30th Anniversary of our Homestead office! Here are some weekend highlights noted by our General Coordinator, Nezahualcoyotl Xiuhtecutli: The mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine-Cava was present, we honored some of our closest partners, like the consulates of Mexico and El Salvador, the American Friends Service Committee, FLIC, Community Health of South Florida, Inc. and United Healthcare. We also recognized the long-standing service of some of our members including Justina Ramirez, Ofelia Aguilar, and Catalina Mayorga, and Lucia Quej. We also highlighted the work that FWAF has been doing since its founding around climate justice and the history of how the office in Homestead as a response to Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Building power with Farmworker and rural, low-Income communities throughout Florida since 1983.
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Agroecology refers to traditional agricultural practices carried out by our ancestors across the different continents of the globe before our food production became industrialized and extractive. It is community-based food production without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. The Farmworker Association of Florida’s Agroecology program is part of our work on food sovereignty and environmental justice.
Low income immigrant communities have many factors or barriers that contribute to them being marginalized, underserved, and under represented. FWAF works to inform immigrant farmworkers of their rights and engage them in decision making and policy setting processes that impact their lives.
Health and Environmental Justice
Through education and community organizing, the Farmworkers Association of Florida works to improve farmworkers’ health, working conditions, and access to quality healthcare; raise awareness of the harmful effects of toxic pesticides; and influence policy related to health and safety protections for farmworkers. We provide community education and health referrals in the areas of vocational rehabilitation, pregnancy, HIV and STDs, and women’s health issues.
FWAF organizes and builds the skills of farmworkers to address injustice in the workplace, such as wage theft, and the impacts of globalization and mechanization. In addition, the Association works with minority small farmers to access the resources necessary to maintain and improve their farm operations.
Vision and Mission
The Farmworker Association of Florida’s long-standing mission is to build power among farmworker and rural low-income communities, to respond to and gain control over the social, political, economic, workplace, health, and environmental justice issues that impact their lives. Our guiding vision is . . .
FWAF is a statewide organization with five offices in Florida. Each office was established based on work around natural disasters impacting farmworkers. Our work is community-driven, guided by local leadership, and accountable to the base. We are proud of and work to ensure that FWAF is an organization of, by, with, and for farmworkers.
One of the Farmworker Association’s founding principles is that the organization be led by farmworkers. Our Board is elected by local membership councils, reflecting the ethnic/racial/gender diversity of the communities we represent. Organizational leadership and majority of the staff also come from the communities served.
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