National Farmworker Awareness Week (NFAW) is a national week of action for students and community members to raise awareness about farm worker issues on their campuses and in their communities.
Every year, NFAW takes place during the week of Cesar Chavez’ birthday, March 31st, to honor his legacy as a leader of the farm worker movement.
Why do we celebrate National Farm Worker Awareness Week?
• We are connected to farm workers everyday because we all consume food, and much of it is planted and harvested by farm workers. Yet farm workers remain largely invisible, and continue to live and work in unacceptable conditions.
• Farm work is the third most dangerous job in the United States, yet the people who plant and harvest our fruits and vegetables lack many of the basic worker protections that most of us take for granted. For farm workers, overtime, unemployment insurance, and the freedom to join a union are not guaranteed under federal law .
• Farm workers deserve fair wages. We know that farm work is hard work. It is skilled work, and it is work that feeds our families every day. We must make changes so that farm workers’ wages allow them to feed their families too.
Do you want to organize an event for NFAW?
Organize an event in your school, church, or community in support of farm workers! These are some of the things that you can do:
• Organize a fundraising party or concert for the National Farm Worker Ministry or a farm worker organization of your choice.
• Organize discussions, lectures, or presentations about farm worker issues in your school or church.
• Host a screening of a farm worker film or documentary.
• Set up an information table .
• Hold a candlelight vigil in support of workers.
• Submit articles and editorials to your school or local newspaper .
• Participate in an interfaith service that draws attention to issues of farm workers’ rights.
• Make banners and signs to hang around your campus, in community centers, or around your city.
• Organize a group to go gleaning to nearby fields.
What YAYAs are doing:
Every year, YAYA chapters participate in National Farm Worker Awareness Week. YAYAs organize educational events, presentations, and actions.
Learn about how YAYA has participated in National Farmworker Awareness Week in the past. These past events and the materials on our Resources section might help you come up with an idea to celebrate NFAW in your community!
- YAYA’s 2008 NFAW Events:
– CALIFORNIA: NFWM staff celebrated NFAW by attending the following events: Bell Garden Elementary’s Cesar Chavez Celebration, the 10th Annual Cesar Chavez Walk, the Cesar Chavez Mass, a United Farm Workers Presentation, and a Luncheon at Loyola Marymount University (Read More).
– FLORIDA: In addition to setting up information tables and hanging banners, YAYA organized lectures on human trafficking at Stetson University, Rollins College, University of Central Florida, and Flagler College.
YAYA coordinated two groups from St. Augustine and Rollins College to go gleaning. Movie screenings took place at Stetson University, Flagler College, and Rollins College. A group participated in the Farm Worker Association’s Lake Apopka Toxic Tour.
YAYA set up a presentation by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers at Largo Middle School.
- YAYA’s 2009 NFAW Events:
– GAINESVILLE, Florida: Community members set up information tables and organized events such as a Pre-Hispanic Fest, a farm worker themed “Theology on Tap”event, and many others (Read More).
– ORLANDO and WINTER PARK, Florida: Young people went gleaning, delivered 30 bikes to the farm worker community of Apopka, organized an awareness event at Rollins College, and co-organized a panel about farm worker women (Read More).
– Read a summary of YAYA’s 2009 NFAW events in Florida.
- YAYA’s 2010 NFAW Events:
– ORLANDO, Florida: YAYA members spoke about farm worker issues on a local radio show, volunteered at several farm worker events, organized a screening of the movie H-2A Worker, and hosted the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Modern day Slavery Museum.
– OLYMPIA, Washington: YAYAs organized a farm worker panel at Evergreen University.
– Read a summary of YAYA ‘s 2010 NFAW events.
- YAYA’s 2011 NFAW Events:
– ORLANDO, Florida: YAYAs organized an Immigration Rally.
– OLYMPIA, Washington: YAYAs at Evergreen University organized a panel discussion and movie screening.
- YAYA’s 2012 NFAW Events:
– ORLANDO and TAMPA, Florida: YAYAs attended the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ march in Lakeland, as well as the Strawberry Fest organized by the Pinellas Support Committee of the National Farm Worker Ministry.
In Orlando, YAYA organized a movie screening at the University of Central Florida and an event to build bridges between immigrants and members of the LGBTQ community.
- YAYA’s 2013 NFAW Events:
– ORLANDO, Florida: YAYA’s volunteered at the Farmworker Association of Florida’s Community Garden in Fellsmere.
They hosted a movie screening, a panel about farm workers, and organized a rally in support of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.
YAYAs were invited back to speak about farm workers at a local radio show.
- YAYA’s 2014 NFAW Events:
– ORLANDO, Florida: YAYAs organized a movie screening, a yard sale, and a rally in support of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. They mobilized a group to attend the premier of Cesar Chavez: An American Hero, and volunteered at a conference for farm worker women.
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• Visit the National Farmworker Awareness Week website to learn more about how you can get involved.
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• Contact us for ideas, materials, and support!