2018 Report

This year marked the 19th Annual National Farmworker Awareness Week (NFAW) and was celebrated from March 24th-31st, 2018. Each year, Student Action with Farmworkers coordinates NFAW for students and community members to raise awareness about farmworker issues on our campuses and in our communities, and to stand in solidarity with farmworkers to acheive a more just agricultural system.

"I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to bring Student Action with Farmworkers to NC State's campus to expose students to an often-ignored part of American history and culture."
– Marcela Torres-Cervantes, Multicultural Student Affairs at NC State University

This year’s NFAW was a great success, with a final count of 37 partners, 8 participants of our "Pasa la Papa" instagram takeover, 4 partner calls, and at least 6 screenings of the documentary “Dolores” about activist and UFW cofounder Dolores Huerta. The week included national Wendy's boycott marches by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a teatro campesino (farmworker play) at the University of Idaho, a national long sleeve shirt drive coordinated by AFOP, a podcast about farmworker issues by the Farmworker Association of Florida, and blog posts by Farmworker Justice.

Here in North Carolina, we had two amazing screenings of “Dolores” with UNC-TVITVSFLOCNC Field, NC State Women’s Center, NC State Multicultural Student Affairs and NC State Libraries.

Check out this great video that students from a service-learning class at UNC-Pembroke made about the conditions farmworkers face and their participation in the week of action. Credit: UNCP Carolina News Today / Briana Brookins

We took over social media with the hashtags #NFAW2018 and #GotFoodThankaFarmworker and shared daily messages from farmworkers, our NFAW banner and poster images, and blog posts, actions and events from our partners. And we had a successful "Pasa la Papa" Instagram takeover where our partners highlighted the work of their organizations each day during the week of action.

A big thank you to everyone who helped in creating, attending, and promoting events and actions in support of farmworkers.