Today marks the end of National Farmworker Awareness week – all across the country people have been celebrating the vital role that farm workers play in our economy, and raising consciousness about the challenges and dangers they face on all of our behalf. Without these courageous, hard-working men and women, much of the food that is on our tables day by day would not be there.
At DOL we kicked off the week with a historic ceremony, inducting the Pioneers of the Farm Worker Movement into our Labor Hall of Honor, and formally naming our auditorium the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Auditorium. Check out some great photos from the event or read Secretary Solis’ heartfelt blog.
I was delighted at the turnout and response from the community and around the country – everyone came together in admiration for these heroic leaders who stood up for their workplace rights and forged a path for future generations of farm workers in our country.
I am constantly reminded of their courage and determination, and now visitors to our department will be reminded as well. Lastly, let me close with the words that the pioneers made famous – words that continue to inspire us today – Si se Puede! Yes We Can!
Editor’s Note: The authors, Juan Regalado is a National Farmworker Advocates Coordinator and Ernesto Archila is Special Assistant to the Labor Secretary Solis.