Yuliana Ventura, SAF Levante Leadership Institute youth member One of the big issues that was revealed to me this year through the Levante program was the disparities that farmworker children face throughout North Carolina. I was able to learn about this by working with Wake Forest University School of Medicine on a child labor research... [Read more]
Field Notes is a blog where Student Action with Farmworkers students share stories of their outreach, organizing, and advocacy work, and where farmworkers share their own stories and hopes for change, writing in the language they feel most comfortable.
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Omar Ibarra, SAF Solidaridad intern My time with SAF truly helped me see the extent to which farmworkers contribute to our communities. I was aware of farmworkers before and knew some level of the work they did, but SAF highlighted the overall movement. It has become unfathomable to me how little attention farmworkers get when... [Read more]
Yarely Gonzalez. SAF Levante Leadership Institute youth member Through the Levante program this year, the biggest issue that was presented was people being overworked and not getting paid enough. I think that it should be like other jobs where full time is considered 40 hours. And anything more than that should be paid more with... [Read more]
A SAF experience that stuck with me was when we filmed to make a series called “Voces del campo.” The reason it had a big impact and stood out to me was because I was able to be part of a project where I learned how to act and do skits, while also teaching and... [Read more]
I always witness courage when it comes to my father working his tail off.– Jesús Cabrera I have witnessed courage on my soccer team where I see my teammates push each other or sometimes me and it helps so much.– Vicente Guzman When we went to the HKonJ protest in Raleigh last year, I was... [Read more]
Emily Velazquez, SAF Levante Leadership Institute youth member When I used to work in blueberries, my typical day would be from 8 am to 10 pm. I was pretty exhausted because I would be standing up all day. I witnessed an unjustice because there would be less hours on my paycheck than what I actually... [Read more]
Tyshenna Phillips, SAF Solidaridad intern In conclusion of National Farmworker Awareness week, SAF Solidaridad interns and Levante youth collaborated to conduct a presentation about the farmworker justice movement in the midst of the pandemic. I was extremely proud of our group for being able to come together and share the information that we have learned... [Read more]
Lucy Thames, SAF Cosecha fellow I amA messy mix of assumptions and biases -Learned, unlearned by kin and by society,I am a constant state of growing and challenging:Myself, my sphere, the powers that be. I haveTwo hands to hold another or write a letter,Two ears to listen deep before I speak;Two feet to march or... [Read more]
Rachel Wright Junio, SAF Cosecha fellow Who am I? I’m a lot of things. Most notably, I’m a mother, a wife, an educator, an advocate, and an aspiring salsera. I come from a small town in East Tennessee where our claim to fame is the first impeached President, Andrew Johnson. I come from a family... [Read more]
Selena Ibarra, SAF Cosecha fellow I am Selena Ibarra, first-generation daughter to migrant farmworkers and eldest of 11 children. I was born in Pendleton, Oregon where my parents first migrated from Mexico to pursue the American Dream. A dream that would prove to come with great strife for my family as we struggled with poverty... [Read more]
Tyshenna Phillips, SAF Solidaridad intern This past year was one of the most unpredictable and uncomfortable time periods in my life. I was well into my last year of college when our everyday lives and routines were drastically shifted due to the pandemic. Despite having to rapidly adapt to the changes occurring, I was able... [Read more]
Evelyn Archer-Taminger, SAF Solidaridad intern In all my conversations with fellow seminary students, clergy, and many nonprofit workers, the same anxiety is represented again and again: How do we create/maintain community through a screen? In a time in which we cannot see or touch each other, how do we connect? The engagement I have seen... [Read more]