UNM Students, CAMP Host Three Day Farmworker Celebration
March 19, 2019 - Dorene DiNaro
The College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP) will once again honor farmworkers through their 7th annual Farmworker Awareness Week (FAW) Monday–Wednesday, March 25-27. Led by Camperinos—a UNM student organization focused on educating people on the role farmworkers play in our everyday lives—the event runs every day at the SUB Atrium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features a different daily theme, performances, music, and activities.
CAMP’s Farmworker Awareness Week aligns with the National Farmworker Awareness Week—an advocacy event led by Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) in response to the work by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Farmworker Awareness Week directs attention to the unjust conditions seasonal migrant farm workers face and inspires dialogues of change.
Monday, March 25, is Dia da la Mujer Campesina, which focuses on bringing awareness to the conditions females worker face, such as sexual assault. A documentary on Dolores Huerta, a prominent feminist and activist who lead the pursuit of racial and labor justice, will be shown at the UNM SUB theater at 5 p.m. that day.
Tuesday, March 26, is Farmworker Student Appreciation Day and celebrates the hard work of our students and features a student discussion panel involving from three student organization on campus, Camperinos, CAMP and the Rural Student Project (RSP).
Wednesday, March 27, the final day, honors Cesar Chavez’ birthday and hosts a speaker, David Martinez, a former United Farmworker board member, and Chavez’ best friend.
FAW is held in partnerships with organizations such as UNM CAMP, UNM RSP, Recuerda a Cesar Chavez Committee, UNM El Centro de La Raza, La Plazita Institute, Los Jardines Institute, Chicano/Chicana Student Collective, UNM Graduate Resource Center, ENLACE, among many others, FAW seeks to promote dialogues surrounding the injustices of farmworkers.
Please follow the FAW facebook page for more information.