March 22, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138, email@example.com
California State University, Bakersfield will celebrate its first Farmworker Awareness Week Monday through Sunday, March 27-April 2. "Yesterday, Today and The Future of ‘Si Se Puede'" is sponsored by CSUB's Student Ambassadors for Farmworkers, and will feature a series of free two-day events during Farmworker Awareness Week filled with guest speakers, film documentaries, theater presentations, and an art exhibit.
Farmworker Awareness Week is a nationwide week of action and education for students and community members to raise awareness about farmworker issues on their campuses and in their communities. Farmworker Awareness Week 2006 also takes place during the week of labor leader Cesar Chavez's birthday, March 31, to honor his legacy as a leader of the farmworker movement.
Student Ambassadors for Farmworkers was established in 2004 by a group of students who felt a need to create a much stronger voice for farmworkers in Kern County and beyond. These students are dedicated in keeping the vision of both Dolores Huerta and Chavez.
CSUB's Farmworker Awareness Week 2006 events are as follows:
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please call Martin Perez, CAMP advisor, at (661) 654-3268.
- Wednesday and Thursday, March 29-March 30, 6:30 p.m., CSUB Runner Park: "Gigantes en los Campos" performed by Dale Chine, a theater group of CSUB College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) students, and Student Ambassadors for Farmworkers. The play is about a group of farmworkers looking for work in the United States who are ridiculed by their potential boss.
- Wednesday and Thursday, March 29-March 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., CSUB Student Union multipurpose room: Art exhibit featuring photos depicting the struggles of the farmworker movement and the work of Chavez and Huerta. The photos are sponsored by the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation and the National Chavez Center. Paintings will be on display by Marisela Oropeza, CSUB liberal studies student.
- Wednesday and Thursday, March 29-March 30, showings scheduled throughout two-day event, CSUB Student Union multipurpose room: Film documentary series including "Fight for our Lives," "Common Man. Uncommon Vision," and "Viva La Causa."
- Thursday, March 30, 1 p.m., CSUB Student Union multipurpose room: A panel presentation of CSUB faculty, students, and community members to discuss current issues facing farmworkers. Moderated by Melissa Gonzalo, KKEY Telemundo Channel 11. Panel includes:
- Remedios Martinez, CSUB student/Student Ambassadors for Farmworkers president.
- Camila Chavez, Dolores Huerta Foundation.
- Daniel Romero, United Farm Workers Foundation.
- Mark Martinez, CSUB political science professor.
- Gonzalo Santos, CSUB sociology professor.
Isaul Verdin, immigration attorney.