Most farmworkers are married and/or have children; yet almost six out of ten farmworkers live apart from their immediate family members.
2013 Partners & Campaigns
Alianza is UNC-CHs Farmworker Solidarity Group! We were founded in 2007 to educate the campus and community about farmworker issues, work in conjunction with fellow farmworker advocacy organizations, and advocate for farmworkers at the local, state, and national levels.
We work to improve the lives of farmworkers through:
1) campus and community education,
2) working in conjunction with fellow farmworker advocacy organizations
3) political advocacy at the local, state, and national levels
Our current campaign for Fall 2012-Sping 2013 is the Reynolds Campaign with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC).http://supportfloc.org/ReynoldsAmericanCampaign.aspx
Bon Appétit Management Company is an onsite restaurant company that provides café and catering services to corporations, colleges and universities, and specialty venues, with over 500 locations in 32 states. All Bon Appétit food is cooked from scratch, including sauces, stocks, and soups. A pioneer in environmentally sound sourcing policies, Bon Appétit has developed programs addressing local purchasing (including supporting campus farms), the overuse of antibiotics, sustainable seafood, the food and climate change connection, humanely raised meat and eggs, and farmworker rights. In the last few years, we have worked with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to improve working conditions for tomato pickers in Florida; we have collaborated with United Farm Workers of America, with support from Oxfam America, to release a groundbreaking report on farm labor; and our foundation hosted the TEDx Fruitvale conference, providing a 360-degree view of farmworkers today and throughout history. We are proud to be a partner of the Equitable Food Initiative, which seeks to develop standards, training processes and a certification to protect farmworkers and produce safer, healthier food.
Watch TEDxFruitvale video: What Farmwork Does to a Body
The Carleton CCCE helps to foster connections between Carleton College’s student body and the local community, both in academic coursework and in community engagement projects. The CCCE hopes to connect the Carleton student body with issues of food sustainability and farmworker rights through the lenses of immigration, human rights, economic inequality, and health access issues, both on a national level and on a more local level here in Minnesota.
CATA is a migrant farmworker organization that is governed by and comprised of farmworkers who are actively engaged in the struggle for better working and living conditions. CATA's mission is to empower and educate farmworkers through leadership development and capacity building so that they are able to make informed decisions regarding the best course of action for their interests.
El Centro Hispano (ECH) is a 501 (c) (3) grassroots community based organization dedicated to strengthening the Latino community and improving the quality of life of Latino residents in Durham, Carrboro, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas.
Episcopal Farmworker Ministry responds to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families, and actively supports opportunities for them to become self-directive. We seek to minister to farmworkers in three principal ways:
- through direct services
- through development and support of programs that work towards the empowerment of farmworkers
- by encouraging leadership development, advocacy, and education aimed toward a systematic change of agricultural policy at local and state levels.
The long-standing mission of the Farmworker Association of Florida 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.
The Farmworker Association’s guiding vision is a social environment where farmworkers’ contribution, dignity, and worth are acknowledged, appreciated, and respected through economic, social, and environmental justice. This vision includes farmworkers being treated as equals, and not exploited and discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, immigrant status, or socioeconomic status.
Farmworker Justice uses litigation, administrative and legislative advocacy, training and technical assistance, coalition-building, public education and support for union organizing to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice.
Farmworker Justice is a proud sponsor of Farmworker Awareness Week, working with organizations around the country to bring timely and accurate information to the public on a variety of farmworkers' issues.
The Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO (FLOC), is both a social movement and a labor union. Our immediate constituency is migrant workers in the agricultural industry, but we are also involved with immigrant workers, Latinos, our local communities, and national and international coalitions concerned with justice.
The FLOC vision emphasizes human rights as the standard and self-determination as the process for achieving these rights. We struggle for justice for those who have been marginalized and exploited for the benefit of others and we work to change the structures of society to enable workers to have a direct voice in their own conditions.
Check out this video of our annual protest calling on Reynolds American to end human rights abuses in their supply chain: FLOC's Reynolds Campaign
Friends of Farmworkers improves the living and working conditions of vulnerable low wage farmworkers, mushroom workers, landscaping workers, and food processing workers in Pennsylvania. We do this through the provision of Legal Services, Education, and Advocacy.
The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) at Hartnell College in Salinas, California is funded by the US Department of Education- Office of Migrant Education. The HEP is designed to assist migrant and seasonal field workers obtain the GED and enter postsecondary education/training to earn an Associate Degree and/or Certificate Program, or improve their current employment.
Farmworking is a part of our community, the valley and Hartnell College. For the past six years the HEP has been serving the farmworking community by providing education and training, as well as bringing awareness to farmworker issues. More than 450 students have earned their GED through HEP at Hartnell!
Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice
Connecting faith communities with local, state, and national immigrant rights and farmworker worker rights movement leaders. Organizing faith communities to work together towards the shared goal of immigrant justice. Advocating for justice as part of a coalition of Gainesville organizations. Equipping faith communities with tools to live out their own tradition’s call for justice.
Just Harvest USA aims to build a more just and sustainable food system with a focus on establishing fair wages, humane working conditions and fundamental rights for farmworkers. We achieve this through broad public education and mobilizing support for farmworker-led and other grassroots campaigns.
Our key partner in this work is the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an internationally recognized farmworker organization based in South Florida. The CIW is at the forefront of fighting to end decades of stagnant, sub-poverty wages for farmworkers, combating modern-day slavery cases in the agricultural industry, and demanding that corporate food retailers use their power to ensure the human rights of farmworkers in their supply chains.
The National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge is a service learning initiative celebrating Mr. Chavez’s Legacy by promoting Health Education, Health Careers, Civic Engagement and Saving Lives! Student Organizers have the opportunity to coordinate the campaign on their college/university campus having a direct and lasting impact on their local Hispanic/Latino community while representing their school in a national competition. Join our campaign and save a life today! ¡Sí se puede!
Watch the video: 2012 National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challange
National Farm Worker Ministry is a faith based organization committed to justice for and empowerment of farm workers. NFWM educates, equips and mobilizes member organizations and other faith communities, groups and individuals to support farm worker led efforts to improve their living and working conditions.
During Farmworker Awareness Week, NFWM and it’s Youth and Young Adult Network (YAYA) organize numerous events around the country to raise awareness about farm worker organizations, their campaigns and the issues that affect farm workers and their communities. Check out the YAYA website!
The North Carolina Council of Churches is a statewide ecumenical organization promoting Christian unity and working towards a more just society. The Council enables denominations, congregations, and people of faith to individually and collectively impact our state on issues such as economic justice and development, human well-being, equality, compassion and peace, following the example and mission of Jesus Christ.
The NC Farmworker Health Program (NCFHP), within the Office of Rural Health and Community Care, is a federally funded Migrant Health Voucher Program. NCFHP works with local agencies throughout NC to improve the health of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families by providing and leveraging health services. Outreach, to identify and connect farmworkers with needed health services, health education, and case management, is a key component of the program.
NCFHP recognizes National Farmworker Awareness Week by highlighting farmworker health issues among our statewide network of healthcare providers, hosting an awareness-raising event for state employees, and promoting information about FAW events with staff and partners.
North Carolina Justice Center
Mission: Eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security.
NC Justice is a member of the FAN network (www.ncfan.org), which is spearheading the Harvest of Dignity campaign, working for:
- Safe Places to Live
- Safe Places to Work
- Strong Enforcement of Our Existing Laws
Park Ridge is a PRG Community nestled on over 30 acres of picturesque landscaped grounds. Park Ridge Estates in Durham, NC offers the ideal balance for carefree and convenient living.
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste - PCUN (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United), is Oregon's union of farmworkers, nursery, and reforestation workers, and Oregon's largest Latino organization.
Pender Farmworker Health Program
803 S Walker St. Burgaw, NC 28457
Our goal is to improve the health of farmworkers and their families by connecting them to health services and resources that are available to them. We visit farmworkers in their homes and camps to do health assessments and present health education. We refer to economical health care and provide enabling services.
Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As one of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide, we link local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens’ action network. This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health, worker safety, and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable food system.
Watch video: Pesticide Industry on Trial
Puente de la Costa Sur is a 15 year-old nonprofit organization. Its mission is to provide vital services for men, women, children and families living in the rural South Coast of San Mateo County, about an hour’s drive south from San Francisco. Puente provides a single point of entry for people to have access to safety net services, health and wellness services, youth employment, leadership development, education and community engagement. While Puente was founded to provide a support system for the farmworkers in this region, its services have grown now to include the families of those workers and all other community members as our work reflects more and more accurately the interconnectedness of us all.
Student/Farmworker Alliance is a national network of students and youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. We are currently calling on leading supermarket chains such as Publix, Trader Joe’s, Stop & Shop, and Kroger, to do their part as major produce purchasers to improve wages and working conditions for tomato pickers in Florida.
Student Labor Action Project - Working with Jobs with Justice and the United States Student Association, Student Labor Action Project supports the growing student movement for economic justice by making links between campus and community organizing. We do this by providing skills trainings to build lasting student organizations and developing campaigns that win concrete victories for working families- all while breaking the poverty cycle by fighting for access to higher education and full & fair employment. This allows students to recognize power relationships in a much larger fight, where students are fundamentally connected to workers and workers to students.
Toxic Free NC - toxic pesticides are over-used in North Carolina and around the world, polluting our food, water and our bodies. Toxic Free NC fights pesticide pollution in North Carolina by advocating for common-sense alternatives that protect our health and environment. We are an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization – North Carolina’s only organization working to put people before pesticides.
Watch the video: Overworked & Under Spray: Young Farm Workers' Pesticide Stories
United Farm Workers is currently concentrating on immigration reform, protecting farm workers from dying of becoming ill from extreme heat and the Employee Free Choice Act for Farm Workers – which is Calif. legislation which will expand farm workers right to organize. The UFW is out there in the fields every day continuing Cesar Chavez' legacy to improve the lives of farm workers. You can find out more about our efforts at our multilingual website. We are also supporting grassroots efforts for a national Cesar Chavez holiday and have posted an online petition at our Cesar Chavez resource page located at www.ufw.org/cesarchavez.
Watch the video Cesar Chavez
The University of Florida-Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
Here at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, we proudly stand by our slogan: “One Community, many voices.” Farmworkers are an integral part of our community here in Florida and throughout the United States and we believe that their voices ought to be heard. In our efforts to spread awareness about farmworker activism, we partnered with the Student Action with Farmworkers in Durham, North Carolina to conduct the twenty interviews for their twentieth anniversary and also interviewed several CIW workers in the past year. Our event for farmworker week will propagate the message of farmworker justice through the release of two podcasts focusing on farmworker efforts. Please visit our website at: http://oral.history.ufl.edu/
Watch Video: The Life of an Agricultural Worker in Florida
Through teaching, research, and community partnerships, the mission of the Department of Chicano Studies at the University of Minnesota is to promote critical understanding of the histories, politics, and cultures of Chicanas/os and Latinas/os of the United States. We are proud to be a sponsor of National Farmworker Awareness Week 2011. The Chicano Studies class, Migrant Farmworkers in the US: Family, Work and Advocacy, taught every spring semester, will play a significant role in this initiative.
The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) is a program of University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships to address issues of poor nutrition and physical fitness in West Philadelphia. UNI’s activities are fully integrated into the university-assisted community school model. UNI organizes school day, after school and summer learning opportunities for more than 10,000 students and their families at 22 public schools in Philadelphia. UNI’s ecological approach to nutrition education includes hands-on experiences for students to grow, cook, consume and sell healthy foods. UNI has in-school “Eat Right Now” programs and after school “UNI Youth Development” programs.
The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI) is a program of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania that engages, educates and empowers youth, university students, and community members to promote healthy lifestyles and build a just and sustainable food system.
Witness for Peace (WFP) is a politically independent, grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. Our mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Speak out! Take Action in your community this spring and add your voice to the movement for farmworker justice.