Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act
We are getting to the end of the Legislative session, and we remain most hopeful that the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, a bill that would give equality to New York's farmworkers will pass. At the moment the Legislature and the Governor are discussing the language of the bill. They must come up with the final bill this weekend, with a vote next week. Everyone we talk to in Albany say they are determined and committed to the passage of the bill.
So we ask you to pray this weekend, June 15 and 16, that New York’s legislators do what is right for the workers who labor on New York’s dairy farms and fields and vineyards and in the many other profitable sectors of New York’s five billion dollar agricultural economy. Let us recall the words of Cesar Chavez:
“Every time we sit at a table at night or in the morning or enjoy the fruits and grain and vegetables from our good earth, remember that they come from the work of men and women and children who have been exploited for generations…”
Almighty God, too often we don’t pay attention, we don’t stop to think that, even in this day and age, injustice remains an invisible ingredient in much of the food we eat. Shake us awake, Oh God, open our eyes to see our power and obligations as consumers to help put things rights. Justice demands it. Love demands it.