The Farmworker Association of Florida held its general assembly on Sunday in Apopka. The statewide assembly is held every five years to refocus the organization mission, identify issues impacting farmworkers, and prioritizing issues to guide work for the next five years.
The top three issues impacting farmworkers and low-income immigrants are immigration and the need for immigration reform; health and safety in the workplace, including pesticide exposure; and economic issues, such as the need for better wages and benefits.
The General Assembly was attended by about 300 people, including farmworker families and representatives of supporting organizations.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Farmworker Association of Florida.
“We are proud to be celebrating 30 years of positive and constructive work in, with, and for farmworker communities around the state,” said Holly Baker, with the Farmworker Association of Florida.
The association builds power among farmworkers and rural low-income communities to respond to social, political, workplace, economic, health, and environmental justice issues that impact workers’ lives.
Organizations represented included the Rural Coalition, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Pesticide Action Network of North America, United Farm Workers, Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, State Voices – Florida, National Farm Worker Ministry, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Florida Legal Services, El Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas, National Immigrant Farming Initiative, National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, War on Poverty – Florida, and La Via Campesina of North America.