It’s important to recognize and name that the United States of America’s rise to economic power was made possible by the free labor of Black and brown people who were enslaved throughout its history. In many ways, the legacy of exploitation and bondage continues today. Cooperative principles and values call on Seward Co-op to stand in solidarity with farmworkers who continue to experience oppression and call for liberation.
National Farmworker Awareness Week (NFAW) is organized by Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), for partners like Seward Co-op to bring attention to farmworkers and honor them for the contributions they make to our daily lives. During NFAW, we will center farmworkers – of which over 80% are Hispanic or Latinx, 72% identify as male – who often do not have a platform to speak about their lives and impacts of farmwork. Farmworkers are people; they are married, many live apart from their partners and children for long periods of time and many lack protection of United States’ labor laws. This spring, we celebrate the resilience and dignity of our country’s most essential workers, while also raising awareness around unhealthy work environments and living conditions too many farmworkers are expected to endure each growing season.
In partnership with SAF, we recognize National Farmworkers Awareness Week because: