Friday, October 16, 2009

Vigil for Support of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act

On Saturday, Oct. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m., the Church of the Holy Trinity (Epsicopal), 316 E. 88th St., between 1st and 2nd Avenues, will participate in the statewide Justice for Farmworkers Campaign, by hosting a vigil in support of the passage of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act. 

This legislation would grant to farmworkers the same rights that have been guaranteed to all other workers (except domestics) since 1939!
--including overtime pay, the right to one day off per week, and the right to organize.

A member of the grocery workers' union (United Food and Commercial Workers 1500) and a member of WEACT for Environmental Justice of Harlem will comment briefly on injustices as the food moves from field to table--in the treatment of grocery workers and in the availability of affordable, fresh food in poor urban neighborhoods. 

Your support of this important issue would be greatly appreciated.



Across New York during the month of October

people from many different backgrounds will gather for


A Statewide Vigil


Farmworker Human Rights




In the 1930’s. . . . in the midst of the JIM CROW era. . . . farmworkers were excluded under New York Labor Law from the basic human rights including: a day of rest, overtime pay and protection while bargaining collectively.   Now in 2009 the New York State Senate can right this wrong, and all of New York can feel the freedom of the yoke of injustice being removed.






Albany area        Thursday, Oct. 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.  (Outside the headquarters of the New York State

Farm Bureau, 159 Wolf Rd. in Colonie.)

Middletown         Friday, Oct 16th @ 6pm   (United Presbyterian Church 50 East Main St.

Former Webb Horton Church)

Millbrook             Friday, Oct. 16th @ 6pm  (Grace Episcopal Church, 3328 Franklin Ave)

New York City     Saturday, Oct. 17th @ 7pm (Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 316 E 88th St)

Monticello           Sunday, Oct. 18th @ 6pm (St. John's Episcopal Church 15 St John St.)

White Plains         Monday, Oct 19th @  7pm (St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church 82 Prospect St.

Ithaca                   Monday, Oct. 19th @ 5pm (First Baptist Church, Dewitt Park

Long Island           TBD   (Setauket)   For further information call the Rev Noelle Damico 631-371-9877

Rochester           Wednesday, Oct. 21st @ 7pm (St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 15 St Mary’s Place)







For more information:  call Rural and Migrant Ministry 845-485-8627

or go to

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