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2014 Farm Worker Awareness Week

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Join Orlando YAYA and community partners for National Farmworker Awareness Week!

Designated as March 24-31, Farm Worker Awareness Week commemorates the victories and struggles of farm workers over the years by shedding light on the current conditions that they live and work under.

As a national partner in Farm Worker Awareness Week, Orlando YAYA invites you to take part by attending an event throughout the week to bring awareness to the issues effecting farm workers!

For a schedule of events in the Orlando, Florida area, scroll down

To access a national calendar of events, click here.


March 24th – Screening of Hungry for Justice: Spotlight on the South

field_community_gardenWhat: Movie screening & panel discussion

When: Monday, March 24th at 6:30 pm.

Where: CWA union hall (2220 Edgewater Dr. 32804)

On Monday, March 24th, Join Orlando YAYA and the Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF) for screening of Hungry for Justice: Spotlight on the South.

This documentary covers the story of one farm that commits to farm worker social justice issues through the Food Justice Certification and market label. Read more about Food Justice Certification here.

After the film, there will be a short panel with farm workers, FWAF members, and YAYA members that will discuss the Food Justice Certification and market label, as well as the FWAF community garden project known as, Campesinos’ Garden.

Join us to learn more about farm worker issues and the ways in which farm workers are addressing the needs of their communities!!

RSVP on Facebook

For questions or carpool information contact us.


March 27th- Wawa action

floc_wawa_1What: Wawa action in support of FLOC

When: March 27th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Where: Wawa store located at 3000 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL 32765

Orlando YAYA will continue to put pressure on Wawa convenience stores in support of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee’s  Reynolds American campaign.

After our actions last month with the Pinellas Support Committee, during Wawa’s Grand Openings in Tampa, YAYA asked for a formal response to our previous request for a meeting with Wawa regional manager, Cherlene Marko-Heim. We wanted to talk with her regrading the labor and living conditions of NC tobacco workers.

Wawa Public Relations representative, Kristine McCarthy, said the regional manager would address our request, but once again, there is no response from Wawa.

Join us to continue to put pressure on Wawa until they understand their bargaining power in the tobacco supply chain.

RSVP on Facebook

For questions or carpool information contact us.


March 28th – Cesar Chavez: An American Hero Movie

cesar chavez movie posterWhat: Attend the opening night for Cesar Chavez: an American Hero movie

When: March 28th (or other dates, depending on your city. Check the calendar here

Where: A theater near you!

On March 28th, 2014, Cesar Chavez: An American Hero will be released in theaters across the country.

National Farm Worker Ministry is sponsoring a “PACK the Theater Selfie Challenge” from coast to coast!

Organize as many of your friends and family to view Cesar Chavez: An American Hero on opening night. and win the NFWM Swag Bag!

Click here for more details.

Orlando supporters: Orlando YAYA will be taking part in the “PACK the Theater Selfie Challenge” on March 28th. Please buy your tickets in advance for the showing. We will be watching the movie at the Regal Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 & IMAX (541 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828) at 9:50 pm. Contact us if you’re interested, especially about carpool! Hope to see you there!   |   RSVP on Facebook


March 29th – W2W conference

woman_to_woman4What: Woman to Woman conference

When: Saturday, March 29, from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm

Where: 601 S Highland Ave., Apopka, FL; will be meeting for carpool at NFWM office (4420 Parkway Commerce Blvd., 32808) at 10AM.

On Saturday, March 29th, Orlando YAYA will be volunteering at the annual Woman to Woman (W2W) conference hosted by the Farm Worker Association of Florida and the University of Central Florida Women’s Studies Department. The W2W conference is held annually and is a place where farm worker women can find resources and discuss issues relevant to their lives such as, pesticide exposure, sexual harassment, and domestic violence.

Schedule for volunteers:

10:00-11:30 am: Setup at the church and workshop rooms: decorations and AV equipment

11:30 am-12:00 pm: Direct parking & help with registration

11:30 am- 6:00pm: Child care .
Note, the church has 2 playrooms, outdoor playground and a filed for older children, and we have lots of toys and play equipment. There is also an infant’s room with cribs.

11:30 am-6:00pm: Help serve meals and help clean-up (2 meals, both buffet – lunch and dinner)

6:00-6:30 pm: Clean-up of church and pack-up of materials.

We will be carpooling from the NFWM office located at 4420 Parkway Commerce Blvd., leaving at 10:00 am.

RSVP on Facebook

For questions or carpool information contact us.

Read volunteers’ reports from previous W2W conferences here: 2013, and 2012.

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