Become an Agricultural Advocate at Farmworker Alternative Spring Break

While we’re still in the clutches of February, I’m sure most of us have started thinking of ways to spend spring break next month. If you haven’t made plans yet, you could consider joining the Rural & Migrant Ministry for an Alternative Spring Break. They are running two five-day sessions this March, and the second one, starting March 19, fits into our Spring Break.

If you are passionate about food justice and interested in where your food comes from, then this is the perfect spring break for you. Throughout the week you’ll learn about the agribusiness system and how farm workers are often excluded from labor protections. The program goes beyond merely educating participants on the issues; you will also gain the tools to be an advocate for farm workers’ rights and issues.

While the program is focused on issues within the agricultural industry, the discussions on legislative activism, how to be an ally, and engaging your campus are helpful starting points for anyone interested in furthering other social justice issues. The program will feature a talk on “The Impact of Border Patrol & Immigration Policies”; considering that immigration reform is one of the most contentious issues in America today, we could all use more information on how immigration policies have very real consequences in the world around us.

The cost of the entire program is $250. However, there are scholarships available, and the deadline (February 15) has been extended since there are still a few spots available. Check out the Rural & Migrant Ministry blog and website for an idea of the work that RMM does, then get in touch with Katia Chapman if this is the way you would like to spend your spring break!

Download the application PDF here

Deborah was born and raised in Malaysia; three years ago she couldn’t wait to leave, but now finds herself writing and thinking about home all the time. She finds herself being mistaken for Latina in the United States, the latest in a long line of ethnicities other people have assumed for her, and decided to just go with it.

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