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posted May 9, 2010

Taking place on  May 20:
F
armworkers’ Rights & Preserving Small Farms: A Conversation about the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act


The Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act is a New York State bill that was intended to provide fair labor protections to farmworkers who were excluded from the federal fair labor laws enacted in 1939.

The legislation’s opponents have argued that, in its current form, the bill is not fair to smaller farms, which predominate in New York State. This forum will explore how the rights of farmworkers can be ensured without endangering the livelihoods of small farmers.

Date: May 20th, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Location: Draesel Hall, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th St

(between 1st and 2nd Avenues), New York, NY 10128

Suggested donation: $5-$20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

This is to cover the cost of panelists who traveled to speak at this event

Panelists include :

Ms. Jody Bolluyt, farmer, Roxbury Farm, policy committee member for NOFA-NY

Dr. Margaret Gray, Assistant Professor, Adelphi University, currently completing a book manuscript about Hudson Valley agriculture, food politics, and farmworkers.

Ms. Lea Kone, Assistant Director of NOFA NY

Ms. Librada Paz, former farmworker for several decades, farmworker advocate

Mr. Martin Rodriguez, farmer/owner, Mimo Mex Farm

Reverend Richard Witt, Executive Director, Rural & Migrant Ministry

RSVP here: http://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=1546