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Oxnard Fair to Provide Assistance for Farmworkers

From VCStar.com, Martha Maciel, 20 Jul 2011.

[Oxnard, CA] — Ventura County farmworkers will have the chance to get health, housing and other information at Sunday’s Feria Campesina/Feria Campesina in Oxnard.

With about 20,000 farmworkers in the county, the sixth annual fair aims to offer them information and resources on health and safety issues, labor law enforcement, wages, housing, transportation and other services, officials said.

Mary Navarro-Aldana, field manager of the state Employment Development Department‘s workforce services office in Oxnard, said farmworkers usually work six days a week — during office hours of social service agencies — so the fair provides the chance to meet with agency representatives on a Sunday. The fair also celebrates farmworkers, Navarro-Aldana said.

The department will have a booth with information on how farmworkers can use its CalJOBS system to search for jobs, including positions in other industries.

Music, a bracero exhibit by the Chicano studies department at CSU Channel Islands, a folkloric dance team and activities for children also will be offered Sunday.

“It has already been proven that they benefit from this fair,” Navarro-Aldana said. “They receive information about pesticides, transportation issues and how to file for disability.”

Navarro-Aldana said 700 to 900 people are expected. The fair will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the West Oxnard Job and Career Center parking lot, 635 S. Ventura Road.

Source: VCStar.com, “Oxnard fair to provide assistance for farmworkers” by Martha Maciel, 20 Jul 2011.

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