NFWM and the UFW honors the lives of 15 farm workers

This summer the National Farm Worker Ministry in California and the United Farm Workers will be holding prayer vigils to remember and honor the lives of 15 farm workers who have died since 2004 due to heat-related illness. We believe that these deaths were preventable and that by only speaking out with a collective voice can we help prevent future deaths. Vigils will be held on the anniversaries of each of the workers’ deaths, beginning May 9th and ending August 2nd. Please join us for these vigils if you live in the area (see calendar below). They will be held at the Los Angeles produce market on Olympic Blvd., one block west of Alameda St. For more information please contact Lucy Boutte (, (951)634-8817) or Christy Lafferty (, (323)893-9605).

Heat Vigils 2009 – In Memory Of:

May 9th, 2007– Eladio Hernandez

May 16th, 2008 – Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez

June 20th, 2008 – Jose Macarena Hernandez

July 9th, 2008 – Audon Felix Garcia

July 10th, 2008 – Ramiro Carrillo Rodriguez

July 13th, 2005 – Salud Zamudio Rodriguez

July 14th, 2005 – Ramon Hernandez

July 21st, 2005 – Augustine Gudiño

July 25th, 2006 – Richard Helmuth

July 26th, 2006 – David Vraggs, Rodolfo Valladares

July 28th, 2004 – Asuncion Valdivia

July 31st, 2005 – Constantino Cruz Hernandez
July 31st, 2008 – Jorge Herrera

August 2nd, 2008 – Maria de Jesus Alvarez

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