Upcoming Event: “The Harvest” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

When you think of the labor force behind the crops our country consumes, do you imagine children as young as 12 working for up to 14 hours a day? Unfortunately, the United States employs such laborers, and current legislation does not protect them from working under potentially dangerous conditions for only dollars a day.

On October 27th, the Rural & Migrant Ministry will be hosting a film screening in Yonkers of acclaimed documentary The Harvest/La Cosecha (watch the trailer here), which provides an intimate look into the lives of these children who pick the food we eat. The director of the film, U. Roberto Romano, will be present to answer questions and lead a discussion following the screening.

The event sponsor, the Rural & Migrant Ministry, is a non-profit organization that has accompanied NY farmworkers on their mission for equal labor rights for 30 years. The screening is part of a fundraiser for the statewide non-profit to continue its Justice for Farmworkers Campaign; but more importantly, it will serve as an educational event for the community. Sarah Lawrence students involved in all different interests and areas of study are encouraged to attend. UNIDAD will be arranging for a van to provide transportation to and from the screening; those who would like to join can email Audrey and Aminta at unidad@gm.slc.edu. SLCspeaks will be covering the screening in a follow-up article.

Time: Saturday, October 27, 4:00 p.m.

Location: St. Bartholomew’s Church, 82 Prospect St., White Plains, NY 10606

Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for students. Contact Laura Lecour at (845) 485-8627 or rmmllecour@optimum.net to reserve tickets or inquire about group rates.

UNIDAD: Email Audrey and Aminta at unidad@gm.slc.edu

Mindy Lee (Editor, “Wanderlust”) is a senior studying writing and anthropology. She feels uncomfortable describing herself in the third person.

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