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Something to contemplate over your Thanksgiving feast

The good folks at a group called North Carolina Focus on Increased Education Leadership & Dignity (NC FIELD) are raising up an issue that deserves your attention year-round, but especially at Thanksgiving time: the plight of farmworkers and farmworker children. This is from an email the group sent out today:

“Tomorrow we remember the struggles of newcomers and the generosity of strangers….In eastern North Carolina, in just one county where some farmworker youth organizers live and work, the economic impact of agriculture is estimated at 30%. The jobs are some of the most dangerous in our nation, pay no overtime, legally employ children, and expose workers regularly to dangerous chemicals. The labor force responsible for that windfall is largely invisible, poverty-stricken, and as young as twelve years old.”

The group is urging people to do something different tomorrow: to talk about their food and help put a human face on the people that produce it.  

In keeping with that theme, the group will also be sponsoring “YouthSpeak 2012” — an event planned and implemented by farmworker children. It will take place  next Wednesday in Kinston. Click here for more information.  

 

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