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From the Desk of the Executive Director

By Daniel Sheehan, AFOP

Hello, and welcome to the September 2017 edition of the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs newsletter “Washington Newsline.”

I first want to congratulate the AFOP members and their staffs for attending the AFOP national conference this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This year’s conference program is chock full of important information and effectiveness-enhancing trainings that will allow AFOP’s high-flying members and staffs to continue to deliver one of the, if not the, best job-training programs at the United States Department of Labor: the National Farmworker Jobs Program.  Through their NFJP work, they changes lives for the better, help our local communities become stronger, and deliver on the nation’s commitment to our farmworkers.  [Read More]

Inside AFOP

AFOP Secures Year Three $500,000 of Five-Year $2.5 Million EPA Grant

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s award letter, “The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) project supports Farmworker Pesticide Safety Training. The project will support a national network of over 150 pesticide safety trainers in more than 30 states to provide pesticide worker safety training to migrant and seasonal Farmworkers and their families.” [Read More]

Telamon-North Carolina is Spreading the Word


PathStone Publishes its August Messenger

A word from Stuart J. Mitchell,
President & CEO of PathStone...
Welcome to our August Community Partner newsletter. Thank you for your support of our work and especially YOUR commitment to community service. You are receiving this newsletter because we have some connection with each other. We share a common cause that draws us together and we know that our communities are better when we work together! [Read More]

Center for Employment Training in California Celebrates 50 Years

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Another NFJP Success!

PathStone's Success Spans To Puerto Rico

Wendy is a resident of the municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico and has been through many ups and downs in life along with a criminal record and the label as a high school dropout.  Often times, Wendy felt defeated and hopeless and with limited employment options, he started working in the agriculture field. The closest farm was forty-five minutes walking distance from his house yet Wendy walked every day to the farm because [Read More]

United States Department of Labor

United States Labor Secretary Alex Acosta Celebrates Continuing Fall in Unemployment Trend Started under the Previous Administration

July’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent from the previous month’s level of 4.4 percent. The unemployment rate matches its May 2017 rate, which is the lowest since May 2001. The unemployment rate has dropped 0.5 percentage point since President Trump took office. [Read More]

DOL Touts American Apprenticeship Model

Post-World War II America saw a generation of workers who were unlikely to have gone to college, but rather learned their trades on the job. What they missed in the classroom, they made up for with experience and, in doing so, fueled the greatest period of social mobility and economic growth this country has ever seen.Two generations later, with rising student debt and low-income students being left behind by the cost of college, we find ourselves looking again to a workforce-training approach that meets the needs of our changing economy and can ready the next generation of American talent. [Read More]

Hill Happenings

Senate Holds the Line on WIOA, Avoids Big Cuts Elsewhere

By Employment & Training Reporter

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a fiscal year 2018 spending bill that keeps current funding levels for the main Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs and avoids major cuts proposed in other related areas.
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Opportunity Act News

Joint Report Recommends Federal Support of Workforce System


The National Governors Association and the National Associations of State Workforce Liaisons and State Workforce Board Chairs have issued a report on the importance of a strong partnership between states and the federal government on workforce development.The report also illustrates the importance of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and sustained federal support for state workforce programs to the continued growth of state economies. Recommendations for the Trump Administration are also included. These two workforce associations worked hard to make this report an embodiment of the role of state workforce systems in job creation, but a key message from the report might be particularly helpful to work at the federal level:

“Federal support of workforce systems through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) are the lifeblood of workforce development in communities across the country. Every dollar of federal investment through WIOA contributes to a strong economy and further federal disinvestment places job seekers and businesses in jeopardy.” [Read More]

AFOP Health & Safety

Most Dangerous Occupation? Farm Work

H2A Worker Dies in Sumas, Washington

By Ashley Hiruko Aug 9, 2017

SUMAS — A 28-year-old temporary worker for Sarbanand Farms, Sumas blueberry grower, died over the weekend at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after he became ill working last week and was denied needed medical attention by the company, co-workers say. [Read More]

Six Simple Ways to Preserve Summer's Bounty

By Eva Perroni

Summer's harvest brings an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs, rich in flavor and packed with vitamins and minerals. Preserving produce at its peak of freshness and ripeness is an effective way to savor Summer's flavors all year round.
Food Tank has highlighted six simple food preservation techniques to extend Summer's bounty well into the Winter months: canning, donating, drying, fermenting, freezing, and infusing.
Foods preserved through these simple, at-home techniques can provide a nutritious, inexpensive, and convenient alternative to fresh produce when it's not in season. [Read More]

AFOP Health & Safety Board Report: Empowering the Farmworker Community through Health and Safety Education, Resources and Advocacy

By AFOP Health & Safety

National Efforts:
  1. Development of the new Worker Protection Standard flipchart that will be used as a national tool to provide WPS training.
  2. PERC Advisory Board : revision of other national materials for agricultural workers and handlers [Read More]

Poverty in the US

The Coalition on Human Needs Reports that 2.5 Million Fewer Poor in 2016; Biggest 2-Year Decline in Poverty Since 1969

By CHN (09/12)

Improving Economy and Help from Now-Threatened Assistance Make the Difference

The poverty rate declined to 12.7 percent in 2016, down from 13.5 percent in 2015 and from 14.8 percent...[Read More]

Editor's Note : "First Look at Poverty and Health Insurance: Progress We Need to Build On," a chart detailing some of the statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau." [See Report Here]

Food Research & Action Center Weigh in on New Poverty Data

Poverty Data Highlight the Need for a Strong Safety Net

The U.S. household poverty rate decreased in 2016, according to today’s Census Bureau annual release of income, poverty, and health insurance data. The poverty rate went from 13.5 percent in 2015 to 12.7 percent in 2016, a decline that returns the poverty rate (after almost a decade) to the statistical equivalent of the pre-recession rate in 2007. [Read More]

While this progress is good, it merely underscores that poverty in this country remains much too high, particularly harming children.

California has Much Wealth, but also Nation’s Highest Poverty Rate

By Modesto Bee, August 17, 2017

In spite of its record-low unemployment rate, California has the nation’s highest poverty rate — 20 percent — according to the Census Bureau’s “supplemental measure” of poverty, which takes living costs into account, along with income. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, another 20 percent of Californians live in “near poverty,” which means they are struggling to pay for food, housing, and other necessities. Still another indication of the state’s poverty is that more than one-third of the 39 million residents participate in Medi-Cal, the state’s name for Medicaid. [Read more]

Hurricane Housing Recovery

By Diane Yentel, NLIHC President & CEO

National Low Income Housing Coalition (09/11)

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma’s devastating floods, wind and storm surge are affecting millions of residents in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. As with most disasters, those with the lowest incomes and the greatest vulnerabilities — who frequently reside in the area’s flood plains and who have the fewest resources to recover from such a disaster — are the hardest hit. Altogether, more than 8 million people had to evacuate from their homes and, while many will return quickly, many more may be displaced for weeks, months, or even years. Assisting and re-housing those with the lowest incomes must be a priority for federal, state, and local governments. [Read More]

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

The Benefits of DACA for Recipients and America

By Tom K. Wong, Greisa Martinez Rosas, Adam Luna, Henry Manning, Adrian Reyna, Patrick O’Shea, Tom Jawetz, and Philip E. Wolgin

Center for American Progress 08/28

As President Donald Trump considers ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, 800,000 lives—as well as the lives of their families and friends—hang in the balance. With the continuing existence of DACA facing its most serious threat, it is more critical than ever to understand the benefits of the program for recipients; their families and communities; and the nation as a whole.

From August 1, 2017 to August 20, 2017, Tom K. Wong of the University of California, San Diego; United We Dream (UWD); the National Immigration Law Center (NILC); and the Center for American Progress fielded the largest survey to date of DACA recipients to further analyze their economic, employment, educational, and societal experiences.
The data illustrate that DACA recipients continue to make positive and significant contributions to the economy, including earning higher wages, which translates into higher tax revenue and economic growth that benefits all Americans. In addition, DACA recipients are buying cars, purchasing their first homes, and even creating new businesses. The survey’s results also show that at least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies employ DACA recipients. Moreover, 97 percent of respondents are currently employed or enrolled in school.Ending DACA now would be counterproductive at best and cruel at worst. [Read More]

How DACA Affects the Health of America’s Children

By Immigration Policy Lab

‘‘DACA is the largest immigration reform in the US since the mid-1980s, but there is almost no causal evidence about its impact on unauthorized immigrants and their families. Hence, policymakers have struggled to make informed decisions about the future of DACA”, says LinnaMartén, a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab and co-author of a new study examining the intergenerational effects of DACA. The results show that protecting unauthorized immigrant parents from deportation leads to dramatic improvements in their children’s mental health. [Read More]

United Farm Workers Wants You to Know These Six Things about the Recent DACA Announcement

In Memoriam

From Lupe Martinez, UMOS president & chief executive officer and Farmworker Justice Finance Committee chairman, August 18, 2017:
"With great sadness, we report the death of Mario Gutierrez, the Chair of the Board of Directors of Farmworker Justice.  Mario was a great advocate for Farmworkers and a public health expert, and Executive Director of the Center for Connected Health Policy, based in Sacramento.  Mario died unexpectedly two days ago of complications following surgery.  He joined our Board of Directors in 2009 and was elected Chair in December 2015.  The entire Farmworker Justice family has expressed its shock and sorrow to Mario’s wife, Debra Johnson.Farmworker Justice staff first met Mario through his work at The California Endowment where he was a leader in helping improve California farmworkers’ health.  Mario was a visionary, extraordinarily bright and creative, generous, and a joy to collaborate with."

The AFOP Washington Newsline (ISSN# 1056-8565) is produced by the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP), a national federation of agencies serving migrant and seasonal farmworkers. AFOP’s mission is to improve the quality of life for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families by providing advocacy for the member organizations that serve them.

The publication is funded by subscriptions and the members of AFOP. The Washington Newsline receives no financial support from the federal government. Staff may be reached by calling (202) 384-1754.
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