Border Agricultural Workers Library

 Border Agricultural Workers Library

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Cemelli de Aztlan (915) 799-2890/PeoplePowerPR@gmail.com

SEMBRA LETRAS – COSECHA LIBERTAD

Border Agricultural Workers Library

 

 El Paso, Texas – Centro Sin Fronteras Farmworkers Center, a local non-profit providing assistance to farmworkers to empower themselves, will open the Border Agricultural Workers Library, “Sembra Letras – Cosecha Libertad” on March 31st, Cesar Chavez Day.

According to Centro Sin Fronteras, there are about 14,000 farmworkers in our tri-state region. Farmworkers earn approximately $6,000-$7,000/year. Centro Sin Fronteras provides farmworkers with shelter, health care, food, GED & English courses, and family recreational activities, alongside their organizing efforts to address farming conditions, food regulations, pesticides, health care and worker’s rights.

“Most people are not aware of the hard labor and human suffering that lies behind the fruits, vegetables and meat they serve on their tables. It’s only right that we honor these workers any chance we get.” Carlos Marentes, founder of Centro Sin Fronteras.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, farmworkers suffer from higher rates of toxic chemical injuries and skin disorders than any other workers in the country. The children of migrant farmworkers, also, have higher rates of pesticide exposure than the general public.Each year, there are an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 cases of physician-diagnosed pesticide poisoning among U.S. farmworkers, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Farmworkers are not covered by workers’ compensation laws in many states. They are not entitled to overtime pay under federal law. On smaller farms and in short harvest seasons, they are not entitled to the federal minimum wage. They are excluded from many state health and safety laws.

Because of special exemptions for agriculture, children as young as 10 may work in the fields.

(Southern Poverty Law Center, “Injustice on Our Plates”- http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/publications/injustice-on-our-plates)

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“Farmworkers provide our families with nutrition and sustenance on a daily basis. While they are essential to our survival, farmworkers are greatly neglected by society as a whole.  Our community is committed to providing services which empower our farmworkers and provide them and their families with well-deserved dignity and justice.”

Georgina C. Perez, founder of Tu Libro.

If you are interested in donating to Sembra Letras, please visit website www.TuLibro915.com and click on Sembra Letras, or contact Georgina C. Perez at TuLibro915@gmail.com or call 915.261.8663.

 In Lak’ech Ala K’in  .  Quetzalcoatl

   Empower. Love. Educate

Georgina Cecilia Perez / www.TuLibro915.com

 

 

Rest. Here.

 
NINO 
       

 Second to last photo by Claire O’Brien/2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Border Agricultural Workers Library

  1. Hello, fellow blogger! A peaceful day to you!
    Congrats! You are nominated for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award.
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    1. Nicci! THANKS!
      That is so cool, and it has already gone to my head. I really appreciate it.

      I do have to admit in advance that I got overwhelmed by the requirements of the two other awards I’ve been nominated for and I still feel guilty about not following through (Hi, Angela and Moorby. I’m still sorry and still grateful)
      I will do my best, though.
      And my thanks and appreciation could not be more sincere!

      Pass the ammunition,

      Claire

      (Just messing with you – I know you’re a pacifist 🙂

      PEACE OUT

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