NFWM Staff March in DC for Immigration Reform

Several NFWM staff traveled to Washington DC to join the more than 200,000 people from across the country for the Reform Immigration For America march on March 21st. Alex Jones from North Carolina, Christy Lafferty from California, and Bert Perry, Lariza Garzon and YAYA members from Florida all participated in the day to demand immigration reform that is fair to families, workers and our communities.
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Walk with NFWM & FLOC during the North Carolina Pilgrimage for Justice & Peace

FLOC Pilgrimage Flyer 3-31 (legal size)_0.jpgJoin NFWM & FLOC on Wednesday, March 31 when the North Carolina Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace is in the Winston-Salem area to support farm workers. Walk to celebrate Cesar Chavez’s birthday. Walk to honor the men, women & children who plant & harvest our food. Walk to remember farm workers who’ve died in the fields. Walk to demand justice for farm workers who pick Reynolds’ Tobacco.

You can join the march at any point. The 15 mile walk begins at 8:30 am across the street from Reynolds’ tobacco processing plant in Tobaccoville and finishes at 5:00 pm at the Reynolds headquarters in downtown Winston-Salem. The day ends with dinner and a foot washing ceremony at Green Street United Methodist Church at 6:00pm.

CLICK HERE for a map with details for the day, including all stops, activities, and walking time estimates.

Click on Flyer image for the Walk with FLOC Pilgrimage Flyer.
 
 

News from CIW – Farmworker Freedom March in Florida & Supermarket Action

As we gear up for this April’s Farmworker Freedom March — and the Florida Modern-Day Slavery Museum continues its historic journey across the state — allies across the country are already into the national Supermarket Week of Action in the Campaign for Fair Food.

This spring season, take action for Fair Food where you shop by urging Stop & Shop, Giant, Publix, Ralph’s, Kroger and other Kroger-owned grocery chains to address the sub-poverty wages and human rights abuses faced by farmworkers who harvest their tomatoes.

You too can get involved by dropping a Campaign for Fair Food letter off to the store manager of your local major supermarket chain! It’s easy to do: Simply download the manager letter here. Then deliver the letter to the manager of your local grocery store and ask the manager to share your concerns with the company’s corporate headquarters.

And if you are interested in joining a picket outside of a supermarket that is already being planned, or organizing one on your own, please contact CIW for more info. Pickets are taking place in the New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Baltimore, and San Francisco Bay areas.

And meanwhile, don’t forget the huge Farmworker Freedom March coming up this April 16-18th from Tampa to Lakeland, FL. Check out the march website for everything you need to join us for the three-day march, including key logistics and registration information easy to find on the march site.

Thanks, and see you in Tampa! — Coalition of Immokalee Workers. For more information visit CIW’s website.
 
 

Farmworker Awareness Week 2011 – Ideas for Action

Farmworker Awareness Week 2011
Ideas for Action

Education
• Preach a sermon that includes farmworkers.
• Include farmworkers in pastoral prayers.
• Teach a Sunday-school class or small group on farmworkers, including their living and working conditions.
• Offer a resource table at your congregation on farmworker issues (include pamphlets, current campaigns, etc.)
• Host a screening of a DVD about farmworkers.
• Host a meal and describe the contributions of farmworkers to the food.
Service/Ministry
• Have a food, clothing and or medical kit drive at your congregation to benefit local farmworkers.
• Visit a migrant farmworker camp in your county with members of your congregation.
• Form a congregational partnership with a local organization that works with farmworkers (such as a health clinic, etc.).
• Attend worship at a congregation with farmworkers in your community.

Political/Public Action
• Write a letter to the editor supporting farmworkers.
• Host an event where everyone writes an individualized letter to the editor supporting farmworkers.
• Host a postcard or call-in event to support ongoing farmworker campaigns.
• Host a letter-writing or postcard campaign to contact state/national political leaders about legislation that affect farmworkers.
• Take members of your congregation to meet with members of state and local governments to express support for measures that improve the living and working conditions of farmworkers.
• Organize or attend a march with farmworkers.

Look for more ideas under Resources.

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P.O. Box 10645
112 Cox Ave., Suite 208
Raleigh, NC 27605
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919-807-8707 (office)