March 5, 2007
For many years, farmworkers have been dying in North Carolina’s fields. Farmworkers have died from heat-related deaths and in transportation-related accidents on their way to work. Children with severe birth defects have been born to AgMart workers who were illegally exposed to pesticides in fields of North Carolina and Florida. In addition, workers are often denied water and breaks in the fields, suffer pesticide poisonings, yet have no sick days or easy access to health care. Workers are often fearful of speaking out when such abuses occur and there has been little outcry from the public when such tragedies do occur.
Join us for prayer vigil and press conference at Nash Square Park, Raleigh to commemorate the dead and call for reform of the agricultural system.
Where: Nash Square Park, 200 South McDowell Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 (across from the Justice Center)
When: Wednesday, March 7, 11:00 AM to 12 noon
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In attendance will be local, state and some national religious leaders, including retired Raleigh Bishop Joe Gossman and National Council of Churches General Secretary Bob Edgar, among others. The event will include prayer and a call for reform of the agricultural system. Farmworkers will be present with us. Attached you will find more information about the background and the call we will make. We hope you will join us in making this critical appeal for a death free season in North Carolina’s fields.
For more information contact Lori Fernald Khamala, National Farmworker Ministry, 919-489-4485, firstname.lastname@example.org