According to a 2005 survey, 53% of farmworkers are undocumented (without legal authorization), 25% are United States citizens, and 21% are legal permanent residents.
White House Honors SAF Director Melinda Wiggins!
On Thursday March 29th the White House honored Melinda Wiggins, Director of SAF, as one of ten leaders being recognized as a Cesar Chavez Champion of Change!
Melinda was honored in Washington DC alongside nine other leaders who, like Cesar Chavez, have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others throughout their community and across the Nation. One of our Nation’s great civil rights leaders, Cesar Estrada Chavez came of age as a migrant farm worker, witnessing the injustice that pervaded fields and vineyards across California. Yet amidst hardship and abuse, Cesar Chavez saw the promise of change—the unlimited potential of a community organized around a common purpose.
Read Melinda's article about her work with SAF, which is featured on the Champions of Change site.
Watch the video of Melinda being honored as a Champion of Change here.
Starting at 27:15, Melinda tells of SAF's 20 years of work in the farmworker movement.
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities. Melinda was one of 10 selected from 200 nominations for the Cesar Chavez award.
Read press about the award here: