1. Our Birthday – Mayday

The Food Empowerment Project was founded on May Day (May 1st is known as International Worker’s Day) because we believe that information and choice can impact the lives of many. Tomorrow we celebrate our third birthday on a day where many are fighting for the rights of migrants and farm workers nationwide. For our birthday (and beyond), we hope that you will maintain your support for these actions.

Please support F.E.P.’s work; you can donate by visiting:

https://foodispower.org/fep_donate.htm

2. Action: NY Farm Worker Legislation-90 Second Letter

Since the 1930s, the State of New York has excluded basic rights and protections offered to farm workers in other states: a day of rest per week, overtime pay, disability insurance, and the right to collectively bargain with their employers. According to the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State, it is only recently that farm workers have been granted drinking water in the fields.

The Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act is currently in the New York Legislature. Introduced by Assemblymember Cathy Nolan, the FFLPA would remove the exclusions that have restricted farm workers from properly organizing and allow them to have the same rights as farm workers in other states – rights that are 70 years overdue.

As you may know, worker’s rights have been a constant struggle in U.S. history and worker conditions are an ongoing battle in California. It is important that we recognize how our food gets to our plate and ensure that the industry moves in a direction that treats farm workers with dignity and respect and gives them basic rights.

If you are a New York resident, please write to your Senator and Assemblymember and ask them to support the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act.

If you are not a resident of New York, but have family and friends who are, please ask them to support the Act, and help spread the message. And please always think about the rights of those workers who we rely so much on for our food – on May Day and every day!

To learn more about this, please read this NYT article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/06/opinion/06mon1.html

3. F.E.P. at Upcoming Conferences

This summer, the Food Empowerment Project will be at a number of conferences and lauren Ornelas, founder of the Food Empowerment Project, will be a speaker.

The Let Live Conference will take place in Portland, OR from June 26th-28th. For more information visit: www.letlivefoundation.org

AR 2009 will take place from July 16-20 in Los Angeles, CA. The event will bring together over 90 speakers, dozens of events, and more than a hundred exhibitors. Discounted registration ends on April 30, so be sure to sign up today! For more information and registration information visit: http://www.arconference.org/

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