International Human Rights Day on December 10th!
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was created 64 years ago on 12/10/48. The UDHR has since become the most widely recognized and accepted human rights contract in history.
SO LET’S TAKE ACTION TO CELEBRATE THIS DAY!!
A handful of pesticide corporations are putting our health, our environment, and farmworkers at risk. With their toxic chemicals and GMOs, they are running roughshod over our basic human rights.
It is time to hold Monsanto and the rest of the "Big 6" to account. And, the next 5 days leading up to International Human Rights Day on December 10th is a good time to do it!
Send a message today» http://holdthebig6accountable.tumblr.com/ Join us in sending a simple, powerful message to government officials: It's time to hold Monsanto & Co. accountable for the harms they inflict.
A Dime a Day
The impact of the Miller/Harkin minimum wage proposal on the price of food.
Opponents of raising the federal minimum wage often argue that, while the increase in wages may benefit low-wage workers, it will also increase the cost of food and other basic goods, thus hurting the very people the minimum wage increase is intended to help. In this report, we examine this argument by providing a detailed analysis of the potential increase in food prices of new legislation proposed by Congressmember George Miller (D-CA) in the House of Representatives and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) in the Senate that would increase the minimum wage to $9.80 over a three-year period in $0.85 increments, as well as increase the tipped minimum wage, which currently stands at $2.13, in similar increments until it reaches 70% of the full federal minimum.
"Take Action on November 25 and during IFWW week to Tweet you Support of Protections for Farmworkers"
Farmworkers feed the world. They provide us with the food that we eat every day, yet, they are still often the ‘invisible ones’ – people whose hard work is often unknown, unacknowledged or ignored. To provide us our food, flowers and houseplants, farmworkers are often exposed to very harsh and difficult working conditions in the fields, ferneries and greenhouses where they work. They perform some of the hardest work in our country and yet are among the least protected people in the nation.
More than 1.1 billion pounds of pesticides are applied to crops annually in the United States[i], with farmworkers facing a greater threat from exposure to these chemicals than any other sector of society.
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FWAF Community Organizers Elvira Carvajal and Claudia Gonzalez attended the Homestead-Miami Speedway pre-race ceremony as special guests. The Speedway has awarded FWAF a grant in the amount of $10,000 to support the establishment of a community garden by and for farmworker families. Land for the garden is being provided by the City of Florida City.
Fellsmere: Community Garden goes to the Farmers Market
Members and volunteers of the Fellsmere Community Garden (established in 2010) have begun selling excess fruits, vegetables, and herbs at the new Fellsmere Farmers Market. Here, FWAF Community Organizer Yolanda Gomez sets up the table for the market on Saturday, November 9. The proceeds from the sales contribute to the sustainability of the garden, which provides locally-grown, chemical-free produce to more than 100 families in the farmworker community. Through this project, farmworkers are using their growing knowledge to benefit their own families and community by improving access to good, healthy, clean fresh foods!
The Lake Apopka Environmental Justice Community