Farm Worker March for Dignity, Sunday, August 5, 5:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Lynden, WA, hosted by Community to Community Development
All friends, supporters and allies are invited! Gather at 5:30 am and leave by 6 am. Starting at Mom’s Bar and Grill, 8874 Bender Rd, Ste 101, Lynden.
Join farm worker leaders from Community to Community (C2C) in an historic march in rural Whatcom County. The march starts in Lynden at – 6:00am, typical starting time in the fields for farmworkers.
We will be joined by the National Farm Worker Ministry and local Faith Community leaders as well as worker leaders from the National Food Chain Workers Alliance, WA State Labor Council, and leaders from the environmental movement.
This will be a day long reflection on a day in the life of a farm worker; from the time they start work until their day ends. Walk with us on country roads that border Canada and acres of raspberry and blueberry fields where the fresh berries that are stocked on your grocery shelves are harvested. See the heart of the local agricultural economy and reflect on climate change, our local food system, community building and labor issues in Whatcom County from a farm worker perspective.
The March will end at Camp Zapata, 9295 Telegraph Rd. Sumas, with a vigil, shared food and celebration, speakers, and music. NOTE: There will be no parking at Camp Zapata, so if you are not marching to Camp Zapata, contact Liz by phone (360) 220-9065 or email email@example.com to coordinate shuttle rides to arrive at the final location.
The entire march is roughly 15 miles which draws a comparison to 12 hours – the average number of hours a farm worker is in the fields during peak season.
There will be 2 additional starting points for those that cannot start with at 6:00am – with shuttles available.
Schedule & Locations at http://www.foodjustice.org/events/
C2C will need support with picking up people at locations in Skagit and in Bellingham. Also right now, they are in need of someone with medical training should we have an emergency situation. They are asking people to wear white in solidarity. They are also looking for volunteers that can help in the set up and clean up.
To Volunteer, donate funds or sign up for a potluck dish e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.