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Sisters of Charity research shines a light on migrant workers

Latino Student Spotlight: Alejandra Araiza

Cris Rivera adds decorations to the Student Action with Farmworkers Christmas tree 

Ministry serves farmworkers through sacraments, outreach

Student Action with Farmworkers’ Levante Leadership Institute recognized among most effective in nation at increasing Latino student success

Trabajadores agrícolas aprenden acerca de las nuevas regulaciones sobre pesticidas

The Heart of the Triangle: Student Action with Farmworkers 

College students step into the field to help improve conditions for migrant farmworkers (Raleigh News and Observer)

“Harvest of Dignity” marks little change since “Harvest of Shame” (Oxfam Politics of Poverty)

SAF Director Melinda Wiggins Recognized at the White House as a Champion of Change (Duke University)
 

Press Releases

3/2/2014 Nuestras Historias/ Nuestros Sueños / Our Stories, Our Dreams: Student Action with Farmworkers, the Center for Documentary Studies, and Durham County Library Documentary Exhibit Highlighting Dreams of Farmworkers 

9/11/2013 Migrant Youth And College Students Gain Leadership Skills To Become Part Of Farmworker Justice Movement

7/30/2013 Celebration Featuring Farmworker Theater and Documentary Work

5/30/2014 College Students Lobby NC Legislature to Urge Access to Education and Stronger Health and Safety Protections for Farmworkers and Their Families

4/16/2014 Local Nonprofit Partners with Philanthropic Groups Through Sustainable Investment and Fundraising Innovations

3/19/2014 Consumers and Farmworkers Unite for Just Wages and Working Conditions for Those Who Feed Our Country: National Farmworker Awareness Week, March 24 – March 31, 2014

5/29/2013 College Students Arrive For Summer Of Work With Farmworkers

10/30/2012 Farmworker Youth Partner with Beehive Design Collective and StoryCorps to Tell Their Story

9/11/2012 Three Exhibits About Farmworkers and Food Open at Duke

8/2/2012 Celebration Will Honor Role of Students in Farmworker Movement

7/30/2012 National Leaders Support Efforts to End Injustices in Farm Work in the South
 

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Nuestras Historias, Nuestros Sueños / Our Stories, Our Dreams 

WHAT: Exhibition: Nuestras Historias, Nuestros Sueños/Our Stories Our Dreams
WHEN: March 2 – April 2, 2015
WHERE: Durham County Library
                300 N Roxboro St
                Durham, NC 27701

Durham, North Carolina – Through the collaborative project Nuestras Historias, Nuestros Sueños/Our Stories Our Dreams the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University and Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) collected stories about the experiences of Latino immigrants, illuminating their reasons for coming to this country and the obstacles they face once they arrive. The project focused on farmworker families in the Carolinas and their dreams for the future, their traditions, their educational aspirations, and their challenges as they try to pursue higher education.

Throughout March, this exhibit of photographs will be displayed at the Durham County Library in celebration of National Farmworker Awareness Week (March 24-31, 2015), a week of action for students and community members to raise awareness about farmworker issues on our campuses and in our communities.

The exhibition showcases a long history between CDS and SAF. The Center for Documentary Studies’ Summer Migrant Project led to the formal founding of Student Action with Farmworkers in 1992, establishing a new model for blending advocacy with documentary expression.

The words in SAF’s name outline a compelling equation: students using action to better the lives of farmworkers. This formula, rooted in documentary experience and expression, challenges students to discover ways to reveal the stories of farmworker lives with sensitivity. The tools of documentary work—recording interviews, taking photographs, writing reflectively, among other approaches—are all available to SAF interns and students in CDS courses, who often combine mediums to portray the people they meet and the stories they hear as fully as possible. 

Nuestras Historias uses the documentary arts to amplify the voices of Latino migrant youth and their families so that their stories can be heard. We invite you to come experience the exhibit during this week of action and awareness of farmworker issues. 

Migrant Youth And College Students Gain Leadership Skills To Become Part Of Farmworker Justice Movement

WHAT:         
Student Action with Farmworkers’ Levante Leadership Institute (LLI) and Solidaridad internship participants will come together on September 13th and 14th for an in-depth training about farmworker issues and will gain leadership skills to become a part of the farmworker justice movement.
Through the Levante ("to raise up") Leadership Institute, SAF enhances the organizing and leadership skills of middle, high school and out of school youth from farmworker families in Eastern North Carolina. This year the 15 Levante students from Eastern NC will write and record a song about farmworker issues based on their experiences and will share it with the public to invite them to take action. Levante students will receive extensive training on the history of farmworkers, social justice and advocacy work, academic success, and preparation for higher education.
SAF is kicking off our new Solidaridad internship program to encourage students to seek out careers in farmworker justice and build solidarity with workers. SAF will provide mentorship, financial support, and training in nonprofit management, communications, organizing, and advocacy for 5 college students so that they can continue their education, gain experience in social justice careers, and become leaders. The 5 Solidaridad students- from Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, Durham Tech and NC State- will intern up to 10 hours a week at the SAF office in Durham, NC to build organizational capacity of SAF’s work with farmworker youth, advocacy and organizing campaigns, administration, and communications.

WHO:            
Student Action with Farmworkers, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to bring students and farmworkers together to promote social change.

WHERE:      
Short Journey Retreat Center
2323 Cleveland Road
Smithfield, North Carolina

WHEN:         
September13-14, 2014 

 

Celebration Featuring Farmworker Theater and Documentary Work

DURHAM, N.C. – Student Action with Farmworkers’ annual end of summer celebration will feature a play about mental health and substance abuse issues for workers that SAF’s youth theater group has been performing in farmworker labor camps throughout the summer. The event, which also includes a locally-sponsored dinner, music, and a piñata, is open to the public and will be held outside of SAF offices at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, NC, on August 10th, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 

Being part of the Into the Fields internship sometimes means going out of your comfort zone, in a good way. The goal of the theater group is to mobilize farmworkers to come up with solutions to the issues they face, and hopefully get a few laughs along the way.”  - Andrea Alexis Barreto, 2013 SAF Intern

Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to bring students and farmworkers together to learn about each other’s lives, share resources and skills, improve conditions for farmworkers, and build diverse coalitions working for social change. Since 1992 SAF has brought over 700 young people into social justice work and supported 80,000 farmworkers to gain access to a more just agricultural system. 

In addition to the theater performance, the celebration will feature documentary projects that explore farmworkers’ reflections on community, a portable fabric mural that illustrates the history of the farmworker movement created by farmworker youth, and stories from youth currently active in the movement.

Interpretation from English to Spanish is available.  The event has a $20 suggested admission. The Center for Documentary Studies is located at 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, NC 27705 and parking is available on W. Pettigrew St.  Visit www.saf-unite.org to register or for more information. 

 

College Students Lobby NC Legislature to Urge Access to Education and Stronger Health and Safety Protections for Farmworkers and Their Families

A group of 17 college students primarily from schools in North Carolina and the Southeast will be visiting the NC Legislature on Wednesday June 4 to address the issues that affect the 100,000-150,000 farmworker women, children, and men that harvest the crops that make North Carolina's economy strong.

Student Action with Farmworkers, a Durham nonprofit that has worked for over 20 years for improved farmworker conditions, will train these students and place them with farmworker agencies in NC and SC for 10 weeks of outreach to the most underpaid, overworked, and systematically mistreated laborers in our economy. Selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants, these young adults will follow in the footsteps of over 600 students from prior years who gave up summer vacations for this important work. The interns will stand in solidarity with farmworkers by providing basic services such as ESL classes, know your rights trainings, support for collective bargaining efforts, and access to community allies & resources.

Before heading into the fields to work directly with the farmworker population, the students will make a stop to visit legislators to urge them to support access to education for farmworker and other immigrant youth regardless of their documentation status or financial situation. The students will also talk with lawmakers about much needed health and safety improvements for NC’s farmworkers, as well as efforts to end child labor in the fields. Two interns from the group will continue to learn about advocacy and will meet with elected officials throughout the summer through their work with New Frame, LLC.

All but invisible to most Americans, the estimated 3 million farmworkers who hand-pick our nation’s produce live in conditions often not suitable for human habitation, earning an average of $11,000 per year. They are exempt from minimum wage, overtime, and child labor laws applicable to other industries. In North Carolina, children as young as 10 can legally work in one of the most dangerous industries in the country, and account for 20% of on-the-job deaths in agriculture.

SAF interns increase the capacity of the organizations they work with by outreaching to over 5,000 farmworkers & their families each summer. Since 1992, SAF has brought students and farmworkers together to learn about each other’s lives, share resources and skills, and build diverse coalitions working for social change.

 

LOCAL NONPROFIT PARTNERS WITH PHILANTHROPIC GROUPS THROUGH  SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT AND FUNDRAISING INNOVATIONS

DURHAM, N.C. –Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), a Durham nonprofit that works to improve conditions for farmworkers and engage students in social justice work, is investing a reserve account in Triangle Community Foundation’s newly created socially responsible investment fund. Triangle Community Foundation created this fund in response to SAF and other groups’ requests for socially responsible funds that take into account an organization’s values and screen for corporate governance and ethics, environment, workplace, safety, human rights, and community relations.

“SAF has long been searching for sustainable investment options for our donors’ contributions that are in keeping with our values of social justice for farmworkers and a more just agricultural system,” says SAF Board Chair Ron Garcia-Fogarty. “We were so pleased to learn of Triangle Community Foundation’s new socially responsible fund that responds to these needs.”

Another innovative partnership SAF is developing locally is with Triangle Community Foundation partner Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP). HIPGive is HIP’s new crowd-funding program, which connects Latino community organizations with an active community of individual Latino donors. SAF, one of 24 organizations working with HIPGive to raise funds for a special project, will be seeking donations for a new program giving five local college students ongoing mentorship, financial support, and on-the-job training in nonprofit management, communications, organizing, and advocacy so they can continue their education, pursue their career goals, and become leaders in their community.

 “Many students work multiple jobs in the service industry to cover their tuition and living expenses during the academic year, instead of getting relevant experience in an area they want to pursue for their career,” says SAF’s Executive Director Melinda Wiggins. “The majority of young people that participate in SAF’s programs are young women and members of underserved populations. Students will benefit from this project by gaining leadership development training, on-the-job experience in their academic field, and a $1000 stipend each semester. “

Donors may contribute to the HIPGive campaign from April 16- May 16 by going to: http://hipgive.org/campaign/detail/2776.

Since 1992, SAF has worked to bring students and farmworkers together to learn about each other’s lives, share resources and skills, improve conditions for farmworkers, and build diverse coalitions working for social change. Through twenty years of growing farmworker activists, SAF has brought 700 young people into social justice work through a youth program, student organizing school, internships & fellowships and has helped 80,000 farmworkers gain access to health, legal, education & organizing support.

For over 30 years, Triangle Community Foundation has enhanced the lives of residents of Chatham, Wake, Orange and Durham counties by connecting donors with causes they care about, providing funding for nonprofits, and serving as a resource for local issues in the region. Each year, the Foundation grants nearly $14 million back into the community, partnering with donors and nonprofits to make a difference, now and for the future. To learn more about how to get involved, visit www.trianglecf.org.

The mission of Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) is to strengthen Latino communities by increasing resources for the Latino and Latin American civil sector; increasing Latino participation and leadership throughout the field of philanthropy; and fostering policy change to enhance equity and inclusiveness. Our vision remains constant: to utilize philanthropy as a vehicle for promoting social justice and for tackling the challenges facing Latino communities. To learn more, visit: www.hipgive.org

 

Consumers and Farmworkers Unite for Just Wages and Working Conditions for Those Who Feed Our Country

What: 
The 15th Annual National Farmworker Awareness Week (NFAW), organized annually by Student Action with Farmworkers, will be celebrated around the country from March 24 to 31, 2014. This week of action will be sponsored by nearly 50 partners who will put together over 100 events nationwide bringing together thousands of people to take action and raise awareness about the conditions of the men, women, and children who harvest our food. Through films, rallies, panel discussions and other events, farmworkers and their allies hope to bring attention to their efforts to secure fair wages, benefits, and to form and join unions. 

National Events:
The Cesar Chavez: An American Hero movie directed by Diego Luna will be released on March 28 and NFAW sponsors United Farm Workers (UFW) are supporting the Cesar Chavez Foundation by encouraging people to pack the theaters during opening weekend! The public can also take action by signing a petition urging President Obama to proclaim Cesar Chavez’ March 31 birthday an annual National Day of Service. The goal is to gather 100,000 signatures so Americans in all 50 states can take part in local service activities. 
The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs is coordinating a national long sleeve shirt drive. All the shirts collected will be provided to farmworkers free of charge as a tool to better protect themselves against the dangers of pesticide exposure and heat stress. Long Sleeve Shirt Donation Locations
More national events can be found here

NC Events: 
Durham County Library will be hosting award-winning photographer José Galvez for a presentation honoring farmworkers. From Cesar Chavez to the woman picking strawberries, to the tobacco worker on the side of the highway, Galvez captures their daily life with respect and pride. Galvez’s work will be on exhibit at the library from March 24-April 26. The exhibit will be a combination of his early work in Arizona and California and more recent images in North Carolina and the South. 
More NC events can be found here.

Who:
National Farmworker Awareness Week is coordinated by Student Action with Farmworkers and co-sponsored nationally this year by almost 50 partner organizations

Why:
Farmworkers feed the world-85% of our fruits and vegetables are handpicked. There are an estimated 2-3 million men, women, and children work in the fields in the United States. Farms are in every state, including yours, yet farmworkers remain largely invisible and continue to live and work in horrific conditions.  We demand dignity for farmworkers!

Farm work is the third most dangerous job in the United States. The people who plant and harvest our fruits and vegetables suffer from the highest rate of toxic chemical injuries of any other workers in the nation as well as have higher incidences of heat stress, dermatitis, urinary tract infections, parasitic infections, and tuberculosis than other wage-earners. We demand safe working conditions for farmworkers!

Farmworkers are treated differently under the law. Overtime, unemployment insurance, even protection when joining a union are not guaranteed under federal law. Farmworkers were excluded from almost all major federal laws passed in the 1930s. The Fair Labor Standards Act was amended in 1978 to mandate minimum wage for farmworkers on large farms only and it still has not made provisions for overtime.  We demand just living and working conditions for farmworkers and an end to unfair treatment under the law.

 

College Students Arrive For Summer Of Work With Farmworkers

DURHAM, North Carolina – On June 3, 2013, Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) will begin training 30 college students from across the country for 10 weeks of outreach to the most underpaid, overworked, and systematically mistreated laborers in our economy.

Selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants, these young adults will follow in the footsteps of over 600 students from prior years who gave up summer vacations for this important work. Through the Into the Fields summer internship and Sowing Seeds for Change six-month fellowship programs, these students will support farmworkers and their families in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia to address health and safety concerns, educational barriers, and legal issues such as wage theft and unenforced housing laws. 

All but invisible to most Americans, the estimated 3 million farmworkers who hand-pick our nation’s produce live in conditions often not suitable for human habitation, earning an average of $11,000 per year. They are exempt from minimum wage, overtime, and child labor laws applicable to other industries. In North Carolina, children as young as 10 can legally work in one of the most dangerous industries in the country, and account for 20% of on-the-job deaths in agriculture.

“One of the things that impacted me the most,” said Fredy Olmos, a 2012 SAF intern, “was seeing the horrible living conditions that some of the people live with [and] how many people don’t know this is happening in their state.”

“It feels like we live in a prison,” is how one farmworker described his conditions to Shaoli Chaudhuri, another 2012 intern. “To think that the workers we’re here to serve,” says Shaoli, ”feel so trapped and invisible to the point that they liken their circumstances to prison—it makes me ache for them.”

Student Action with Farmworkers is a nonprofit organization based in Durham, NC. Since 1992, SAF has brought students and farmworkers together to learnabout each other’s lives, share resources and skills, and build diverse coalitions working for social change.

 

FARMWORKER YOUTH PARTNER WITH BEEHIVE DESIGN COLLECTIVE AND STORYCORPS TO TELL THEIR STORY
 


DURHAM, NC- A collaborative art mural facilitated by members of the Beehive Design Collective and created by farmworker teens lifts up their stories and celebrates the history of Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), a Durham-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving workers' lives. Inicios/Beginnings, a celebration for the unveiling of the mural, will be held on November 11 from 2-5 p.m. at the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in Newton Grove, NC.

Middle school and high school youth from SAF’s Levante Leadership Institute were supported by the Beehive Design Collective this fall to create a portable fabric mural that tells their stories and highlights SAF's 20 years of work in the farmworker movement. After over a decade of crafting collaborative, anticopyright, educational graphics exploring issues of trade, globalization, and resource extraction, the Beehive Design Collective partnered with SAF to practice using their unique image-making techniques to focus on farm labor and young people.

Speaking at the November 11th event will be SAF youth who will use theater of the oppressed techniques to describe the process of creating the mural. The celebration will feature children’s games, a portrait booth, folklorico dance, and food prepared by the families of the farmworker youth. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome.

Also as part of this event, StoryCorps will be partnering with SAF to capture stories of the Levante youth and their families, as well as other Latinos, farmworkers, and young people that have been involved with SAF’s work supporting farmworkers and their families in the South. StoryCorps provides opportunities for individuals to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind and has weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition.

This event is the final celebration in honor of SAF’s 20th anniversary, and part of a larger series of events, including several exhibits at Duke University Library, featuring the work of Student Action with Farmworkers.  More information about SAF can be found at www.saf-unite.org.  The Beehive Design Collective is online at www.beehivecollective.org. And StoryCorps can be found at www.storycorps.org.

Since 1992, SAF has worked to bring students and farmworkers together to learn about each other’s lives, share resources and skills, improve conditions for farmworkers, and build diverse coalitions working for social change. Through twenty years of growing farmworker activists, SAF has brought 700 young people into social justice work through a youth program, student organizing school, internships & fellowships and has helped 80,000 farmworkers gain access to health, legal, education & organizing support.

 

THREE EXHIBITS ABOUT FARMWORKERS AND FOOD OPEN AT DUKE

DURHAM, NC – Three new library exhibitions at Duke explore the human experience of farmworkers and the history of a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving their lives.

For twenty years, Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) has worked to bring together students, community members, and farmworkers in the Southeast to work for justice in the agricultural system. What began as a small group of Duke Public Policy students documenting farmworker conditions has since grown to an independent nonprofit with a national impact. The organization’s papers are held by Duke’s Human Rights Archive in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

The first of the exhibits, Student Action with Farmworkers: 20 Years of Growing Farmworker Activists, is located in the Perkins Library Gallery and features documentary photos, protest signs, campaign materials, and more items from SAF’s history. An adjacent exhibit on The Art of SAF demonstrates the organization’s use of creative arts in education and outreach. And in the nearby Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery, Documenting the Politics of Food features photographs of American agriculture and agricultural labor from the Rubenstein Library’s documentary photography collections.

All three exhibits reflect historical and contemporary concerns with student activism, access to safe and healthy food, organized labor, and immigration. The exhibits run through December 9, 2012.

An opening reception for the exhibits will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, in the Rare Book Room of Duke’s Perkins Library on Duke’s West Campus. Speaking at the program will be founding professor Bruce Payne, and current Program Coordinator Rosalva Soto, who will reflect on SAF’s evolution and the transformative power of student activism. The reception, which will feature Latin American food and live music, is free and open to the public.

“Contrary to the perception of some, Duke students have a rich and impressive legacy of progressive activism,” said Robin Kirk, co-director of the Duke Human Rights Center. “No group symbolizes this more effectively than Student Action with Farmworkers. This feisty group has made a real difference in the lives of farmworkers, normally invisible and largely forgotten by all of us who benefit from their backbreaking work. The partnership between the Human Rights Archive and SAF brings this history into view at a time when the issues involved—fair wages, immigration, and safety for these important workers—are at the forefront of a presidential campaign.”

The exhibits are co-sponsored by SAF, the Duke University Libraries, the Center for Documentary Studies, the Franklin Humanities Institute BorderWorks Lab, the Duke University Service Learning Program, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. 

These exhibits are part of a larger series of events around the state celebrating the 20th anniversary of Student Action with Farmworkers, including a portable mural display and oral history interviews with National Public Radio’s StoryCorps. More information can be found at www.saf-unite.org or http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/human-rights

 

Celebration Will Honor Role of Students in Farmworker Movement

DURHAM, N.C. – Twenty years of Student Action with Farmworkers’ (SAF) alumni and supporters invite the public to join them as they reflect on and celebrate the accomplishments of bringing 700 young people into social justice work and supporting 80,000 farmworkers to gain access to a more just agricultural system.  The End of Summer Celebration, featuring stories from this year’s graduating class of interns, will also include a locally-sponsored dinner, cultural music and dance, as well as a piñata for kids and will be held outside of SAF offices at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies on August 11th, from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 

Presenters and honorees from the 2012 graduating class include:

  • 10 migrant students who used theater arts to tell their stories and reinforce their leadership skills,
  • 10 college students across North Carolina who engaged their peers in raising awareness on their local college campus,
  • 25 college students from across the nation who went into the fields in partnership with agencies throughout the Southeast to support farmworkers by addressing health and safety concerns, educational barriers, and legal issues in the workplace.

The public is invited to support SAF and the newest graduating class by attending this 20th Anniversary celebration kick-off where they can learn about the role SAF has played in the farmworker movement for the past two decades.  SAF 2011-12 Student Organizer Allison Khoo says of her work with SAF, “I believe that I have impacted my campus to recognize that much of our own successes are wrought from the backs of underappreciated farmworkers and that with awareness, compassion, and persistence there can be real hope for a more equitable future.”

Interpretation from English to Spanish is available upon entry.  The event has a $20 suggested admission. The Center for Documentary Studies is located at 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, NC 27705 and parking is available on W. Pettigrew St.  Visit www.saf-unite.org to register or for more information.

20th Anniversary year-long activities include a screening of documentary work students did with farmworkers collecting their laborlore stories over the summer, a portable mural with the Beehive Collective, two exhibits at Duke University, and alumni story podcasts.  Updates and more information can be found on the website: www.saf-unite.org

 

 National Leaders Support Efforts to End Injustices in Farm Work in the South

Community unites to celebrate 20 years of work to bring students and farmworkers together
 
DURHAM, NC- The President of a national labor organization, Arturo Rodriguez, joined fifteen other influential leaders in recognizing Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) and its twenty years of working for farm labor justice in the South.
 
“It's critical that students get exposed to the injustices faced by the women, men, and too often children who harvest the largest bounty of fruits and vegetables in the world. This experience will allow them to become advocates for farmworkers throughout their lives,” said United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez in reference to SAF’s programs linking students and farmworkers.
 
Mr. Rodriguez joins a group of organizers, advocates, chefs, artists, and writers who have united to endorse SAF's unique work using documentary arts and popular theater, campus organizing, and policy advocacy to engage young people in working for justice in our food system.
 
The 20th Anniversary Honorary Committee includes:

  • Alex Harris, Photographer, Center for Documentary Studies
  • Andrea Reusing, Chef/Owner, Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Ariel Dorfman, Novelist/playwright/activist, Duke University
  • Arturo Rodríguez, President, United Farm Workers
  • Baldemar Velásquez, President, Farm Labor Organizing Committee
  • Bruce Payne, Executive Director, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
  • Bill Smith, Chef, Crooks Corner, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Christine Chávez, Farmworker Coordinator for the USDA
  • Harry Payne, Former NC Commissioner of Labor
  • Lucas Benitez, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
  • Dr. Julie Grossman, Assistant Professor of Soil Fertility Management in Organic
  • Cropping Systems, NC State University
  • Mary Johnson Rockers, Folk Rock Singer Songwriter
  • Ramón Ramírez, President, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste
  • Steven Petrow, Past President, National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association
  • Tish Hinojosa, Spanish and English recording Folksinger
  • Tom Philpott, Columnist, Editor & Co-founder Maverick Farms 

These members encourage young people that are interested in the farmworker justice movement to get involved with SAF and to attend SAF’s 20th anniversary celebration on August 11, from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, where they can hear directly from students who have just completed their summer in the fields. The celebration is open to the public and will include food, live music and children’s games. It will take place at the Center for Documentary Studies at 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, NC 27705.
 
Besides the end of summer celebration, Student Action with Farmworkers is celebrating its 20 years of organizing by creating a portable mural with the Beehive Collective, displaying two exhibits at Duke University, and developing alumni story podcasts.  Updates and more information can be found on the website:www.saf-unite.org