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SAF en las noticias

SAF growing food, relationships with dignity

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)

Comunicados de prensa de SAF

5/18/15 Music Therapy and Theater Project with Farmworkers Addresses Mental Health and Stress

3/2/2015 Nuestras Historias, Nuestras Sueños/Our Stories, Our Dreams

9/11/13 Migrant Youth And College Students Gain Leadership Skills To Become Part Of Farmworker Justice Movement

7/30/13 Celebration Featuring Farmworker Theater and Documentary Work

5/30/14 Estudiantes Universitarios Instan A La Legislatura A Dar Acceso A La Educación Y Proteger La Salud Y Seguridad De Trabajadores Agrícolas Y Familias

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

3/19/14 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

5/29/13 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 Apertura De Tres Exposiciones Sobre Trabajadores Agrícolas Y Alimentos En Duke

8/2/2012 Celebración Reconocerá El Papel De Los Estudiantes En El Movimiento A Favor De Los Trabajadores Agrícolas

7/30/2012 Líderes Nacionales Apoyan Esfuerzos Para Terminar Con Injusticias En El Trabajo Agrícola En El Sur

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Music Therapy and Theater Project with Farmworkers Addresses Mental Health and Stress

This summer Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) will work with NC State Social Work graduate student Jenna Horgan to facilitate a music therapy program for farmworkers in NC. The program will offer workers music sessions with guitar lessons, songwriting and discussion to offer a healthy outlet to respond to workers’ stress and sense of isolation and to provide a positive use of recreational time.
 
This project will build on SAF’s Into the Fields student theater group that performs a play and facilitates theater of the oppressed exercises in NC labor camps each summer to address a health topic, such HIV/STI prevention or mental health and substance abuse.
 
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. Most 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.
 
Most farmworkers are married and/or have children; yet almost six out of ten farmworkers live apart from their immediate family members. The long hours, hard work, low pay, and isolation from family can take a toll on the mental health of workers, leading them to substance abuse or other unhealthy habits. The music therapy and theater projects will offer positive alternatives for workers to cope with isolation and stress from being away from families and dealing with the precariousness of farm work.
 
Student Action with Farmworkers is a Durham nonprofit that has worked for over 20 years to improve farmworker conditions. SAF will train 24 college students from across the U.S. 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. These young people will follow in the footsteps of over 700 students who’ve spent their summer vacations to work for agricultural justice. 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 health, education and legal resources.
 
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.

Nuestras Historias, Nuestras Sueños/Our Stories, Our Dreams

QUÉ: Exposición, Nuestras Historias, Nuestros Sueños/Our Stories, Our Dreams
CUÁNDO: 2 de marzo - 2 de abril de 2015
DÓNDE: Biblioteca del Condado de Durham
               300 N. Roxboro Street
               Durham, NC 27701

Durham, Carolina del Norte – A través del proyecto Nuestras Historias, Nuestros Sueños/Our Stories, Our Dreams, el Centro para Estudios Documentales (CDS) en Duke University y Estudiantes en Acción con Campesinos (SAF) recopilaron historias sobre las experiencias de los inmigrantes latinos, exponiendo sus razones para venir a este país y los obstáculos que enfrentan después de llegar. El proyecto se enfocó en familias de trabajadores agrícolas en Carolina del Norte y del Sur y sus sueños para el futuro, sus tradiciones, sus metas académicas y los retos que enfrentan al intentar adquirir una educación superior.

Durante el mes de marzo, esta exposición de fotografías será presentada en la Biblioteca del Condado de Durham para celebrar la Semana Nacional de Campesinos (24-31 de marzo de 2015), una semana de acciones para estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad para crear conciencia en universidades y comunidades sobre temas que afectan a los trabajadores agrícolas.

La exposición destaca una larga historia de colaboración entre el Centro para Estudios Documentales y SAF. El Proyecto de Migrantes de Verano del Centro para Estudios Documentales dio lugar al inicio formal de SAF en 1992, estableciendo un nuevo modelo para combinar la defensa con la expresión por medio de los proyectos documentales.

Las palabras que constituyen el nombre de SAF representan un esquema cautivador: estudiantes usando la acción para mejorar las vidas de los trabajadores agrícolas. Esta formula, arraigada en la experiencia documental, representa un reto para los estudiantes para que descubran maneras de contar las historias de las vidas de los trabajadores con sensibilidad. Las herramientas para el trabajo documental—grabar entrevistas, tomar fotografías, escribir con reflexión, entre otros métodos—están a la disposición de los estudiantes de SAF por medio de los cursos que ofrece el Centro para Estudios Documentales, quienes por lo general combinan varios medios para representar a las personas que conocen y las historias que escuchan lo mejor posible.

Nuestras Historias utiliza el arte documental para presentar las voces de jóvenes latinos migrantes y sus familias para que sus historias sean escuchadas. Le invitamos a venir a disfrutar esta exposición durante esta semana de acción y conciencia sobre los trabajadores agrícolas.


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. 

 

Estudiantes Universitarios Instan A La Legislatura A Dar Acceso A La Educación Y Proteger La Salud Y Seguridad De Trabajadores Agrícolas Y Familias

Un grupo de 17 estudiantes, principalmente de universidades en Carolina del Norte y el sureste, visitarán a la legislatura de Carolina del Norte el miércoles, 4 de junio para señalar temas que afectan a los 100,000 a 150,000 mujeres, hombres y niños que trabajan en la agricultura cosechando los productos que fortalecen la economía del estado.

Estudiantes en Acción con Campesinos (Student Action with Farmworkers - SAF), una organización sin fines de lucro con sede en Durham que ha trabajado para mejorar las condiciones de los trabajadores agrícolas durante 20 años, ofrecerá capacitación a estos estudiantes y los colocará en agencias en Carolina del Norte y del Sur por 10 semanas para realizar trabajo de alcance con los obreros que sistemáticamente son los más sobrecargados, mal pagados y maltratados. Estos jóvenes, seleccionados de un grupo de más de 100 solicitantes, seguirán los pasos de más de 600 estudiantes que en años anteriores realizaron este trabajo importante en vez de disfrutar sus vacaciones de verano. Los participantes apoyarán a trabajadores agrícolas al proveerles servicios básicos tales como clases de inglés, entrenamientos para conocer sus derechos, apoyo para negociar convenios de derechos colectivos, y acceso a recursos y aliados en la comunidad. 

Antes de dirigirse a los campos para trabajar directamente con la población de campesinos, los estudiantes harán una parada para visitar a los legisladores e instarlos a dar un mayor acceso a la educación a los trabajadores agrícolas y otros jóvenes inmigrantes sin importar su estado migratorio o financiero. Los estudiantes también hablarán con los legisladores sobre mejoras necesarias de salud y seguridad para los trabajadores agrícolas de Carolina del Norte, así como esfuerzos para ponerle fin al trabajo de menores en el campo. Dos de los participantes del grupo continuarán su trabajo de defensa y se reunirán con funcionarios electos durante el verano por medio de su trabajo de prácticas con New Frame, LLC

Casi invisibles a la mayoría de estadounidenses, los 3 millones de trabajadores agrícolas que cosechan a mano las frutas y verduras que consumimos en este país ganan un promedio de $11,000 al año y viven en condiciones que frecuentemente no son adecuadas para seres humanos. Están exentos del salario mínimo, pago por horas extras y leyes de trabajo de menores que aplican a otras industrias. En Carolina del Norte, la ley permite que niños de tan sólo 10 años de edad trabajen en una de las industrias más peligrosas del país. Los niños representan el 20 por ciento de las fatalidades que ocurren en la agricultura.

Los participantes de SAF aumentan la capacidad de las organizaciones donde trabajan al realizar trabajo de alcance con más de 5,000 trabajadores agrícolas y sus familias cada verano. Desde 1992, SAF ha conectado a estudiantes y trabajadores agrícolas para aprender sobre sus vidas, compartir recursos y habilidades, y formar coaliciones diversas para un cambio social.
 

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.

 

APERTURA DE TRES EXPOSICIONES SOBRE TRABAJADORES AGRÍCOLAS Y ALIMENTOS EN DUKE

DURHAM, NC – Tres nuevas exposiciones en Duke exploran la experiencia de los trabajadores agrícolas y la historia de una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a mejorar sus vidas.

Por veinte años, Estudiantes en Acción con Campesinos (Student Action with Farmworkers - SAF) ha unido a estudiantes, miembros de la comunidad y trabajadores en el sureste de EE.UU. para que colaboren juntos por la justicia en el sistema agrícola. Desde su inicio con un grupo pequeño de estudiantes de políticas públicas de Duke que documentaron las condiciones de trabajadores agrícolas, la organización sin fines de lucro independiente ha tenido un impacto importante, el cual ahora es a nivel nacional.  Los documentos de la organización se encuentran en el Archivo de Derechos Humanos de Duke (Duke’s Human Rights Archive) en la biblioteca David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

La primera exposición, Estudiantes en Acción con Campesinos: 20 años de fomentar el desarrollo de activistas a favor de trabajadores agrícolas, se encuentra en la Galería de la Biblioteca Perkins en la Universidad Duke e incluye fotografías documentales, letreros de protestas, materiales de campañas y otros artículos de la historia de SAF. Una exposición en una galería adyacente, El arte de SAF, muestra el uso de las artes creativas en la educación y en actividades de alcance por parte de la organización. En una galería cercana (Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery), la exposición Documentando la política de alimentos muestra fotografías de la labor agrícola y la agricultura en los Estados Unidos de las colecciones de fotografía de la Biblioteca  Rubenstein.

Las tres exposiciones exploran temas históricos y contemporáneos relacionados con el activismo estudiantil, el acceso a alimentos seguros y sanos, sindicatos e inmigración. Las exposiciones serán presentadas hasta el 9 de diciembre de 2012. 

Habrá una recepción para celebrar la apertura de las exposiciones el jueves, 20 de septiembre a las 5 p.m. en la Biblioteca Perkins de Duke (Rare Book Room, Duke West Campus). El programa incluirá charlas por Bruce Payne, profesor fundador, y Rosalva Soto, coordinadora del programa de SAF, quienes reflexionarán sobre la evolución de SAF y el poder transformativo del activismo estudiantil. La recepción, la cual es gratis y está abierta al público, incluirá comida Latinoamericana y música en vivo.

“Al contrario de la percepción de algunos, los estudiantes de Duke tienen un legado admirable de activismo progresista”, comentó Robin Kirk, co-directora del Centro para los Derechos Humanos de Duke. “Ningún grupo simboliza esto de mejor manera que Estudiantes en Acción con Campesinos (SAF). Este grupo energético ha marcado la diferencia en las vidas de los trabajadores agrícolas, los cuales por lo general son invisibles y olvidados por todos nosotros que nos beneficiamos de su trabajo agotador. Esta colaboración entre el Archivo de Derechos Humanos y SAF resalta esta historia en un momento cuando los temas para estos trabajadores importantes—sueldos justos, inmigración y seguridad—están al frente de la campaña presidencial”.

Las exposiciones son patrocinadas por SAF, las Bibliotecas de Duke University, el Centro para Estudios Documentales (Center for Documentary Studies), BorderWorks Lab del Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University Service Learning Program y la Fundación E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter. 

Las exposiciones son parte de una serie de eventos por todo el estado para celebrar el 20º aniversario de Estudiantes en Acción con Campesinos (SAF), incluyendo un mural portátil y entrevistas de historia oral con StoryCorps de National Public Radio. Para más información, visita www.saf-unite.org o http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/human-rights

 

Celebración reconocerá el papel de los estudiantes en el movimiento a favor de los trabajadores agrícolas

DURHAM, N.C. – Exalumnos y aliados que apoyan a la organización Estudiantes en Acción con Campesinos (Student Action with Farmworkers - SAF) invitan al público a acompañarlos para celebrar y reflexionar sobre sus logros al ayudar a 700 participantes a trabajar a favor de la justicia social y apoyar a 80,000 trabajadores agrícolas para tener acceso a un sistema agrícola más justo. La celebración de fin de verano incluirá relatos de historias por parte de participantes del programa de este año, una cena patrocinada por un restaurante local, música y baile, y una piñata para los niños. Los festejos tendrán lugar afuera de las oficinas de SAF en el Centro de Estudios Documentales de Duke el 11 de agosto de 6:30 p.m. a 9:30 p.m. 

Los presentadores y homenajeados de la generación de 2012 incluyen:
·       10 estudiantes migrantes que usaron el teatro para relatar historias y desarrollar su liderazgo
·       10 estudiantes universitarios de todo Carolina del Norte que alentaron a sus compañeros a participar y crear conciencia en sus universidades
·       25 estudiantes universitarios de todo el país que trabajaron con agencias en el sureste de los Estados Unidos para apoyar a trabajadores agrícolas en los campos con temas de salud y seguridad, educación y problemas legales en sus lugares de trabajo.

El público está invitado a apoyar a SAF y a la nueva generación de participantes del programa al asistir a la primera celebración del 20º aniversario de SAF para aprender sobre su papel en el movimiento a favor de los trabajadores agrícolas en las últimas dos décadas. Allison Khoo, organizadora estudiantil de SAF de 2011-2012 comenta sobre su trabajo con SAF, “Yo creo que he tenido un impacto en mi universidad al ayudar a  reconocer que muchos de nuestros éxitos se logran gracias a trabajadores agrícolas poco apreciados y que con conciencia, compasión y persistencia hay esperanzas para un futuro más equitativo”.

Se ofrecerá interpretación de inglés a español. Precio de entrada sugerido de $20. El Centro de Estudios Documentales está ubicado en 1317 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC 27705 y hay estacionamiento disponible en W. Pettigrew Street.  Visite www.saf-unite.org para inscribirse o recibir más información. 

Las actividades del 20º aniversario se celebrarán durante el año entero e incluirán una presentación de trabajo documental realizado por estudiantes durante el verano sobre historias de la labor de los trabajadores agrícolas, un mural portátil en colaboración con el Beehive Collective, dos exposiciones en la Universidad Duke y podcasts/presentaciones de audio de exalumnos. Visite nuestro sitio web para más información y noticias: www.saf-unite.org

 

LÍDERES NACIONALES APOYAN ESFUERZOS PARA TERMINAR CON INJUSTICIAS EN EL TRABAJO AGRÍCOLA EN EL SUR

La comunidad se une para celebrar 20 años de colaboración entre estudiantes y trabajadores agrícolas 

DURHAM, NC- El presidente de un sindicato nacional, Arturo Rodríguez, junto con otros 15 líderes influyentes, reconocieron a la organización Estudiantes en Acción con Campesinos (Student Action with Farmworkers - SAF) y el trabajo que ha realizado por veinte años por la justicia para los trabajadores agrícolas en el sur.

“Es de importancia fundamental que los estudiantes sean expuestos a las injusticias que enfrentan las mujeres, los hombres, y con demasiada frecuencia, los niños, quienes recogen la mayor cosecha de frutas y verduras en el mundo. Esta experiencia les permitirá convertirse en defensores de trabajadores agrícolas durante sus vidas enteras”, comentó Arturo Rodríguez, el presidente de la Unión de Campesinos (United Farm Workers – UFW), refiriéndose a los programas de SAF que conectan a estudiantes con trabajadores agrícolas. 

El Sr. Rodríguez se une a un grupo de organizadores, aliados, chefs, artistas y escritores que juntos apoyan el trabajo excepcional de SAF utilizando trabajo documental, teatro popular, trabajo de organización en universidades y trabajo de defensa de política para ayudar a jóvenes a trabajar por la justicia en nuestro sistema alimenticio. 

El Comité Honorario del 20º Aniversario incluye:
·       Alex Harris, Fotógrafo, Centro para Estudios Documentales
·       Andrea Reusing, Chef/Dueña, Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC
·       Ariel Dorfman, Novelista/dramaturgo/activista, Duke University
·       Arturo Rodríguez, Presidente, United Farm Workers (UFW)
·       Baldemar Velásquez, Presidente, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)
·       Bruce Payne, Director Ejecutivo, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
·       Bill Smith, Chef, Crooks Corner, Chapel Hill, NC
·       Christine Chávez, Coordinadora de Trabajadores Agrícolas, USDA
·       Harry Payne, Excomisionado de Trabajo de Carolina del Norte
·       Lucas Benítez, Coalición de Trabajadores de Immokalee
·       Dr. Julie Grossman, Profesora Adjunta, Fertilidad de Suelo en Sistemas Orgánicos de Cosecha, NC State University
·       Mary Johnson Rockers, Cantante/compositora de música folk rock
·       Ramón Ramírez, Presidente, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste
·       Steven Petrow, Expresidente, Asociación Nacional de Periodistas Gays y Lesbianas
·       Tish Hinojosa, Cantante de música folk en español e inglés
·       Tom Philpott, Columnista, Editor y Cofundador de Maverick Farms 

Estos líderes animan a los jóvenes interesados en el movimiento de justicia para trabajadores agrícolas a participar en las actividades de SAF y a asistir a la celebración de su 20º aniversario el 11 de agosto de 6:30-9:30 pm. En el evento podrán aprender sobre las experiencias de estudiantes que acaban de terminar su trabajo en el campo este verano. La celebración está abierta al público e incluirá comida, música en vivo y juegos para niños. Se dará lugar en el Centro para Estudios Documentales en 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, NC 27705.
 
Además de la celebración de fin de verano, Estudiantes en Acción con Campesinos (SAF) está celebrando 20 años de trabajo de organización con la creación de un mural portátil en colaboración con el Beehive Collective, dos exposiciones en la Universidad Duke y podcasts/presentaciones de audio con historias de exalumnos. Visita su sitio web para más información y noticias: www.saf-unite.org