March/Pilgrimage for Farmworker Justice, May 15-June 1

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New York State farmworkers are excluded from the labor rights and protections that other workers receive, including overtime pay, days off, and the right to bargain collectively. Work grapes-9218_640conditions are very poor; farmworkers have had to fight for drinking water and sanitation stations.

To address some of these issues, the Farmworker Fair Labor Protection Act (S 1291/A 4762) has been drafted. While Governor Cuomo has said he will sign the bill if it comes to his desk, Senate Republicans in Albany are refusing to allow it to come to the floor for a vote.

In support of the bill, the March for Farmworker Justice march will begin on Pentecost (May 15) in Smithtown, Long Island, and continue through New York City and then up through the Hudson Valley – ending in Albany on Wednesday June 1st for Farmworker Day. The marchers will arrive in Hastings and Dobbs Ferry area on Sunday, May 22, and continue their march to Albany on Monday, May 23. 

farmer-1367104_640South Church will host a Forum at 6 PM on Sunday, May 22, followed by a dinner. The Rev. Richard Witt, Executive Director of Rural & Migrant Ministry since 1991, is the keynote speaker. Music by Jenny Murphy and the Raging Grannies will precede the speakers. A $10 donation is requested. Contact Maria Harris for more information.
  • Dinner in Fellowship Hall will follow the forum.  Please sign up in Fellowship Hall to make food for the dinner or to help serve.
  • Join the marchers on Monday morning, May 23, at South Church, to march along for a few blocks, a mile, or longer. Jenny Murphy will lead the marchers in labor songs.