During this week, we not only acknowledge this significant contribution of farmworkers but also call for better living and working conditions for farmworkers and their families by working to educate ourselves and raise public awareness.
Because 81% of Americans now live in urban areas, we are not regularly reminded of the labor that goes into producing our food. We cannot simply peer out of their windows and see how our food is grown and harvested for our daily meals. Moreover, the green bell peppers that are neatly packed in clean plastic wrap in the produce aisle do not remind us of the many hours a farmworker spends in the fields for low wages under dangerous conditions.
Farmworker Justice is partnering with a coalition of farmworker organizations led by the Student Action with Farmworkers to celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week. Please see our partners’ scheduled events and follow their blogs as they discuss the following pressing issues each day: living conditions, pesticides and health, education, community, living wages, rights, solidarity, and family. You can become further engaged in this week by sharing the image from this post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and also by following us on Facebook or Twitter. Together, we can improve the working and living conditions of farmworkers. La unión hace la fuerza. ¡Si se puede!