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Day of the Dead event will lift up fallen farmworkers

From the good folks at the Farmworker Advocacy Network:

FarmworkersFarmworkers’ Day of the Dead celebration calls for new life in labor issues
Remembering the dead, holiday highlights workers’ plight, lax state protections

RALEIGH, NC – Gathering this Saturday to remember fallen field and poultry workers, North Carolina farmworkers and human rights advocates are set to observe the Day of the Dead in light of current labor hardships. Workers and members of the Farmworker Advocacy Network will gather after El Centro restaurant’s Day of the Dead 5K Run/Walk in downtown Raleigh in honor of the holiday, in which friends and families assemble to celebrate lost loved ones. This year advocates will gather around a traditional Day of the Dead altar at El Centro at 11 a.m. to remember farmworkers who died on the job in North Carolina, including nine children over the last decade.

Exposure to pesticides, heat stroke, and legal loopholes that allow child labor are among the struggles that persist in North Carolina, thanks largely to officials’ insufficient attention. In hearing workers’ stories and remembering the dead, including reading their obituaries, advocates hope to spur action from leaders to protect workers and keep children out of harm’s way.

The event promises a compelling look at the fight for human rights in North Carolina, as FAN marks its tenth year advocating for worker rights. Workers and advocates will be available for interviews.

What:  Day of the Dead celebration in remembrance of farmworkers and press conference
When:  Saturday, November 2, 2013, 11 a.m.
Where:  El Centro restaurant, 106 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC, 27601
Speakers: Bacilio Castro of WNC Worker Center; Morganton farmworker, Miranda, Clermont Fraser of the NC Justice Center.

The North Carolina Farmworker Advocacy Network is dedicated to improving the lives and working conditions of farm and poultry workers in the state and bringing their  voices to the legislative process. Visit http://www.ncfan.org.

 

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