From AFOP.Wordpress.com, Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, “National Farmworker Awareness Week” by David Strauss, AFOP’s Executive Director, 25 Mar 2011.
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) commemorates this coming week—National Farmworker Awareness Week—as well as the celebration of the birthday and legacy of Cesár Chávez. From March 27 through April 2, students, community members, congregations, and organizations across the country will work to raise awareness about farmworker issues through events, blogs, media pieces, videos, and a variety of activities. AFOP will help in this effort to educate the public on the many obstacles faced by farmworkers with special blog posts this coming week from our team, including our Children in the Fields Campaign and Health & Safety Programs experts on current farmworker issues. AFOP will also post events we are hosting that are taking place throughout the U.S.
As we honor these significant events, it is important to realize the struggle for farmworker justice that Cesár Chávez symbolizes still continues today. Many victories were made in his time, but much more remains to be done in order to provide farm laborers with the protections, compensation, and respect they deserve.