After 35 years of dedicated service and commitment to the rights and dignity of farmworkers and to communities of farmworkers and immigrants in Florida and around the country, Farmworker Association of Florida co-founder and General Coordinator, Tirso Moreno, is stepping down from his leadership position for a much-deserved rest and for more time with his family. His shoes will be impossible to fill, as he has been instrumental to the farmworker movement in Florida, from the days of his work as a farmworker himself in the orange groves of Central Florida, to organizing his fellow citrus harvesters with the United Farm Workers during their campaign in Florida in the early 1980s. Tirso has created a legacy of building power among farmworkers across the state to assert their dignity, gain power in their communities, and to fight for workplace and immigrant rights for themselves and all campesinos.
For more than three decades, Tirso has shown relentless strength and resilience, working day and night, often traveling with little rest, to build networks and collaborations to unify farmworkers to demand justice and to overcome any attempts at fear and intimidation to silence them. The accomplishments he has achieved are too numerous to mention, but his most significant achievement has been drawing from his personal experience as a former farmworker himself to give voice to the otherwise voiceless and to raise those voices to the highest levels for their own self-determination.
Thousands of people’s lives have been changed; communities have become empowered; struggles for better working conditions have been won; and statewide, national and international relationships and collaborations have been forged, ensuring a strong platform for the struggle for justice going forward.
It is with tremendous gratitude for the work he has done and the organization he has built that we honor his work and history, as we wish for him a relaxing, yet fruitful and productive retirement. In recognition of his work and his contributions to the farmworker struggle, we will be featuring one major accomplishment of the organization once a month over the next several months. Stay tuned and learn more about this legacy.
Tirso will continue to be involved in work networks and allies around the country as he continues his undying commitment to social and environmental justice for farmworkers everywhere.