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Justice For Farmworks Plans Fordham Panel In Harrison

Gerardo Gutierrez, NYC Justice for Farmworkers Campaign, will serve as an expert speaker at the event.
Gerardo Gutierrez, NYC Justice for Farmworkers Campaign, will serve as an expert speaker at the event. Photo Credit: Contributed
Sarah Ahmed of the Student Farmworker Alliance will also speak.
Sarah Ahmed of the Student Farmworker Alliance will also speak. Photo Credit: Contributed
Douglass DeCandia, local farmer for the Westchester Food Bank will  speak at the event.
Douglass DeCandia, local farmer for the Westchester Food Bank will speak at the event. Photo Credit: Contributed

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Fordham University will host a Justice for Farmworks Campaign panel on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 2-4 p.m. at its Westchester campus at 400 Westchester Ave., West Harrison.

Expert speakers include Gerardo Gutierrez, NYC Justice for Farmworkers Campaign; Sarah Ahmed, Student Farmworker Alliance; Douglass DeCandia, local farmer for the Westchester Food Bank; and Guisela Marroquín, community organizer, Lower Hudson Valley NYCLU.

The New York State Farmworker Fair Labor Act will, when enacted, allow for basic labor protections many of us take for granted: overtime pay, disability insurance and the right to collective bargaining – rights that New Deal legislation guaranteed a most workers decades ago, excluding farmworkers.

The campaign believes the individuals who cultivate and pick the items we consume daily deserve the same rights as the rest of us.

The speakers will reveal how food justice models can turn our meals into an act of activism and a way to preserve the dignity of our workers.

To learn more about how policy, or the absence of one, intersects with our daily living, attend the event. Action items will be presented on how local efforts can make these reforms a reality.

To RSVP, contact lowerhudsonvalley@nyclu.org or 914-997-7479. Space is limited.

The event is sponsored by New York Civil Liberties Union and WESPAC Foundation.

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