On Thursday, November 20, 2014, the Florida Rural Health Association presented the Wendell Rollason Award to FWAF's General Coordinator, Tirso Moreno. The award is given annually to recognize outstanding public service leadership in the area of rural health issues in Florida, and to recognize commitment in seeking solutions in the delivery of rural health care or quality of life in rural Florida.
November 21, 2014
From the Farmworker Association of Florida and our farmworker membership in Florida, we want to thank President Obama for taking the bold move, against stiff opposition, to provide for measures under his executive authority to protect close to 5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States against the threats of detention and deportation. While we fully recognize that this is but a stop-gap measure to provide temporary relief to families that have been living in the shadows and in fear for years, the urgency of the immigration crisis demanded the courage to take immediate steps that have a major impact on a large segment of the population in our country.
In light of last night’s Presidential announcement, we take the following position:
- The immigration crisis and the broken immigration system in the U. S. will not be solved by an Executive Order. The country needs more than a temporary fix to a complicated and massive domestic problem.
- Congress must commit to finding a long-term, fair and just solution to address the status of the over 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States today.
- Holding 11million people hostage to unresolved disagreements over securing the border continues to leave millions of hardworking families that are part of the fabric of our society and economy in a limbo that our country cannot afford.
- We call on the incoming Congress to put aside partisan politics and pass a Comprehensive Immigration Reform that treats all people with respect and dignity and that pulls our country together and that stops the division and attack mentality.
We resolve to:
- Work with our community members that qualify for relief under this Executive Order to help them engage in the qualification process.
- Commit to fight for the rights of those who are excluded from the Executive Order to defend their right to continue to work, contribute to our society and to stay with their families in the U.S.
- Challenge our members, our supporters and our community to continue working tirelessly until we have achieved a just, compassionate, and fair Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
We cannot wait any longer! Our families deserve better! Our country needs to live up to its values as a melting pot that welcomes all to her shores.
News taken from Univision Orlando
Florida, (Entravision).- Los químicos utilizados en los cultivos son una de las amenazas más peligrosas que enfrentan los trabajadores del campo, día a día. Ampliamos en nuestro reportaje especial “Pesticidas mortales”.
Elvire's daughter wrote in her facebook "So proud of what my mom is doing. She truly cares about the La Via Campesina and the FWAF organization, she totally deserved to meet the pope and her trip to Italy."
On Saturday, 10/25/14, Haitian farmworker and FWAF community leader in Fellsmere, Elvire Francois, departed for an exciting trip to Rome, Italy.
Taken from La Vía Campesina
Food Sovereignty is the right of the world’s peoples to produce and to consume healthy food. Food cannot be reduced to a commodity in the hands of the transnational corporations.
The international peasant and family farmer movement, La Via Campesina, is calling upon its member organisations across the world, and on grassroots organisations, allied social groups, and concerned consumers to be part of the World Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations, this coming October 16th, 2014.
Every year, La Via Campesina organises this Day of solidarity, resistance, and mobilisation in order to make citizens aware of the current threats to Peoples’ Food Sovereignty.
"Today a Window was opened in what for 50 years has been the Cathedral of the Green Revolution"
Press Release- La Via Campesina
The International Symposium on Agroecology for Food and Nutritional Security was held on the 18th and 19th of September of 2014, at the headquarters of the Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome. This marked the first time that the FAO has ever officially and directly addressed the topic of agroecology.
In his closing remarks at the Symposium, José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the FAO, said that: "Today a Window was opened in what for 50 years has been the Cathedral of the Green Revolution." The delegation of La Via Campesina, that participated in the Symposium, welcomes this opening, but recommends caution, given the attempts to coopt agroecology that were observed at the event.
According to La Via Campesina, the science, practices and movement of agroecology are the product of centuries of accumulated peasant and indigenous knowledge, knowledge of how food was produced for humanity since long before farm chemicals were invented. This knowledge has been organized through a 'dialog of knowledges' (dialogo de saberes) with the western sciences of ecology, agronomy, rural sociology, etc. Support for agroecology, among rural social movements, consumers, environmentalists and others, has grown a lot in recent decades, in part because of it's sharp critique of, and it's alternatives to, the badly-named 'Green Revolution' of industrial agriculture. For La Via, peasant agroecology is a fundamental building block in the construction of food sovereignty. Read more