YAYA stands in solidarity with farm workers in the U.S. To stand in solidarity with farm workers means that we must do all we can to amplify their voices regarding their concerns. Within that same vein, YAYA doesn’t see itself as simply a labor group or an immigration group. We understand that farm workers suffer from a myriad of intersecting oppressions that shape the way they live and navigate the settler colonial state that is the U.S. These issues range from, but are not limited to:
- Food Justice
- Immigration Justice
- Land Justice
- Gender Justice
- Racial Justice
- Reproductive Justice
- The Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- And many, many, more.
Along with that, YAYA also acknowledges certain key tenets that we feel must be acknowledged in order to adequately support farmworkers:
- We stand on stolen indigenous land and the Europeans that colonized that land siphoned off indigenous agricultural practices.
- Enslaved Africans were transported to the U.S. and, along with their decendants, used their agricultural knowledge to provide the basis for the U.S. economy and its modern-day agricultural industry with little to no recompense for their efforts.
- Black and Brown people, particularly those from Central American and Caribbean countries, are uniquely exploited and are forced into a form of slavery, often in exchange for passage into the U.S. from countries suffering from the effects of U.S. imperialism, in order to keep the modern U.S. agricultural industry afloat.
- The overproduction and overconsumption that the U.S. and other Western nations engage in are NOT sustainable for the planet and NOT in line with the way our ancestors cultivated the land.
- Meetings and events must be welcoming and inclusive for people of all languages, abilities, genders, and other identities.
- We must all be willing to take direction from people experiencing an issue, putting aside our own preferences/awareness of our own privilege.
Because we believe this, and you also believe this, we want you to work with us!
We hope that keeping these things in mind along with the key tenets of YAYA we will be able to provide farmworkers with the best possible solidarity work possible.