Sí, se puede: Celebrating Holy Week & National Farmworker Awareness Week

National Farmworker Awareness Week coverHoly Week this year is also National Farmworker Awareness Week (March 24-31). It seems like no accident that the week in which we celebrate Jesus’ service and sacrifice for humanity is the same week that we celebrate the extraordinary gifts that farmworkers offer to our communities.

It’s a time when we both remember and look for hope even in the midst of oppression, new life even in the midst of dehumanization.

Farmworkers do some of the hardest, most dangerous work in our society, yet often go unrewarded. We believe that every worker, no matter his or her occupation, should have safe places to live and safe places to work. And we believe that the laws protecting field and poultry workers should be strongly enforced so that no unscrupulous employer will have financial incentives to skimp on worker safety.

To celebrate Holy Week and National Farmworker Awareness Week 2013, we’ve prepared this simple packet of resources. In it, you’ll find Bible passages, prayers and responsive readings, and several theological reflections.

We invite you and your congregation to join us in taking action. Here are several important ways that you can get involved:

During this most holy of weeks, we invite you to join with people of faith across North Carolina and the country as we work together to make sure that no one is excluded from our communities.

Chris Liu-Beers, Former Program Associate Chris Liu-Beers, Former Program Associate

Chris worked on immigrant rights, farmworker justice, sustainability, worship resources, and the Council's website. He left the Council in 2014 to run Tomatillo Design, a company that builds affordable websites for nonprofits.

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