Farmworker Justice Shelley Davis Memorial Fund – Matching Challenge Grant

Advancing Justice for Migrant Farmworkers

Farmworker Justice

Migrant Communities

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Campaign summary:

A generous donor has issued a challenge for the Shelley Davis Memorial Fund at Farmworker Justice, matching dollar for dollar contributions to the Memorial Fund up to $9,000.  Please help us obtain this challenge so that we may help farmworkers defend their interests and advance important initiatives on immigration policy, wages and working conditions, occupational safety, health and access to justice.

Why it matters:

Founded in 1981 and based in Washington, D.C., our mission is to empower farmworkers to improve their wages and working conditions,health, immigration policy and access to justice.

We carry out our mission through policy analysis, advocacy, training, legal assistance, coalition-building and support for worker organizing.

The Shelley Davis Memorial Fund is named after our lateDeputy Director who was a remarkable attorney and advocate.  Her advocacy, litigation and direct assistance to farmworker organizations on labor, immigration, occupational safety and health issues were recognized nationally.  Shelley was especially committed to empowering women farmworkers to become leaders and preventing farmworkers and their children from being exposed to pesticides.

There about 2.5 million farmworkers in the United States not including about 2 million family members. The large majority are immigrants from Mexico, and a majority are undocumented.

Your support for the Shelley Davis Memorial Fund at Farmworker Justice will make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of farmworkers and their family members.
We will advocate for fair, comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to immigration status and citizenship for undocumented farmworkers and their families.  We will oppose harsh immigration policy proposals and help farmworker groups throughout the country respond to those proposals.

We reveal the devastating impacts of pesticide poisoning and oppose reversals in occupational safety policies. Farmworker Justice will continue our longstanding watchdog and advocacy roles for effective enforcement by the US Department of Labor of farmworkers’ few rights.  And we file lawsuits in federal court to protect farmworkers against abuses.

Your contribution to this matching challenge will also support our assistance to community-based organizations that operate promotores de salud, or community health worker, programs. We help farmworkers understand how to prevent pesticide poisoning and other injuries, how to respond to sexual harassment, and how to mobilize community resources to address the health needs of farmworker families.

Using the traditional and social media, we educate the public and policymakers about the valuable contributions farmworkers make to our society and economy and the solutions needed to address the challenges that unfairly confront them.

Farmworkers have difficult lives but they have made gains over the years.  We must not let the current Administration wipe out those gains.

In addition to your tax-deductible contribution, we hope that you will follow us on social media at www.facebook.com/farmworkerjustice and www.twitter.com/farmwrkrjustice, and on our blog, www.harvestingjustice.org, and sign up for our newsletters at www.farmworkerjustice.org.  Thank you.

Potential Challenges:

There has never been a more important time for the assistance that Farmworker Justice provides to farmworkers and their organizations throughout the country.    We serve the people who labor on farms and ranches to produce our food.

The Trump Administration has attacked immigrants even though this is a nation of immigrants and even though we would not have a food system without immigrants. Deportations have instilled fear in farmworkers and their children.  Many are afraid to go to school, to medical appointments and to courthouses.

The Trump Administration also has promised that it will slash regulations.  That means that vitally important labor, occupational safety, environmental and health protections will be reduced unless there are successful campaigns to stop him.

Your support will help us address the challenges, defend farmworkers and advance positive initiatives of farmworker organizations.




Updates

06/08/2017

This week, Farmworker Justice and allies filed a lawsuit against Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the EPA for his decision refusing to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos. Your support makes our work possible.



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06/06/2017

Farmworker Justice and allies today filed an appeal to oppose the EPA’s refusal to ban the dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos. After years of studies, the EPA finally decided it should be banned but final decision was delayed until after Obama left office and the EPA under Trump and Pruitt reversed the decision without any scientific justification. See our statement. http://www.farmworkerjustice.org/press/2017/06/press-release-groups-appeal-epa-s-refusal-ban-dangerous-pesticide



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06/05/2017

We’re now at about $2,150 toward our goal of $9,000; some people donated directly at our website, www.farmworkerjustice.org. Thanks to our donors!



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05/25/2017

An immigration bill introduced in the House of Representatives would allow hundreds of thousands of undocumented farmworkers plus their family members to obtain immigration status and a path to citizenship. Read our statement about the Agricultural Worker Program Act http://www.farmworkerjustice.org/press/2017/05/farmworker-justice-statement-rep-luis-gutierrez-introduces-agricultural-worker-program



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05/24/2017

The Trump budget must not be passed by Congress. Drastic cuts in access to health care under the Child Health Insurance Program is just one of the many outrageous proposals that must be fought. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-budget-would-cut-health-benefits-for-many-lower-income-kids-experts-fear/2017/05/23/4b7e3c76-3ff1-11e7-8c25-44d09ff5a4a8_story.html?utm_term=.88d21bdcb161



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05/22/2017

Our president, Bruce Goldstein, was interviewed for a story about immigration policy and access to health for migrant farmworker families by Carbonated.TV, “the voice of the underdog.” See the short video. http://www.carbonated.tv/news/bruce-goldstein-explains-how-trump-policies-affect-migrant-farmworkers



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05/20/2017

Good public TV piece on poisoning of CA farmworkers with pesticide chlorpyrifos that EPA was set to ban and Trump/Pruitt refused to ban it. https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/19/video_migrant_farmworkers_may_have_been



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05/18/2017

Your support enables Farmworker Justice to continue the fight for a path to immigration status for undocumented farmworkers and their children. Between Jan. 22 and Apr. 29, about 11,000 immigrants without criminal records were arrested for being undocumented; and many of the other 19,000 people arrested during that time had records for very minor crimes.



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05/17/2017

Read about the latest developments on farmworker immigration policy in the new edition of Farmworker justice Immigration Policy Update. http://www.farmworkerjustice.org/fj-blog/2017/05/farmworker-justice-immigration-update-5-16-17



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05/16/2017

Good NY Times article on Trump’s EPA reversing the earlier decision to ban the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, despite EPA scientists’ findings. This is a longstanding battle for Farmworker Justice supported by the Shelley Davis Memorial Fund. http://nyti.ms/2qMU833



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05/15/2017

Watch a moving tribute video to Shelley Davis, a great farmworker advocate who was Deputy Director of Farmworker Justice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5KZnyk-Z8M



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05/15/2017

Virginia Ruiz, Farmworker Justice’s Director of Occupational Safety and Health, testified on Thursday in the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture about the importance of pesticide safety training for farmworkers and other measures to prevent pesticide exposure to farmworkers and their children. A bipartisan bill that passed the House is being considered in the Senate to provide funding for effective training to farmworkers.



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05/10/2017

View the inspirational video about Shelley Davis, our late Deputy Director, who was a leading advocate for farmworkers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5KZnyk-Z8M



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05/09/2017

On May 4, the Shelley Davis Memorial Award for 2017 was presented to Moises Loza, Executive Director of the Housing Assistance Council, a national organization that helps community-based organizations develop rural housing for low-income communities. Moises was a farmworker as a child and was on the Farmworker Justice Board of Directors, and knew Shelley. He expressed great appreciation for the honor.



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05/09/2017

On May 4, the Shelley Davis Memorial Award for 2017 was presented to Moises Loza, Executive Director of the Housing Assistance Council, a national organization that helps community-based organizations develop rural housing for low-income communities. Moises was a farmworker as a child and was on the Farmworker Justice Board of Directors, and knew Shelley. He expressed great appreciation for the honor.



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Givers

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Jacqueline DeCarlo

I was inspired by Shelley's intelligence & confidence.

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Irwin B. Arieff

In memory of Shelley and her important work.

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Douglas L Stevick

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Raymond Lopez

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Judith K Furukawa

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Cynthia Todd

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Julie Daum

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Bruce Goldstein





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