1. 50-Mile Regulation Defeated!
"The 50-mile regulation was a violation of the basic human right of education and intentionally harmed children of farm workers. The people who feed all of us sacrifice so much for their children, and this unfair hardship was an added oppression.”
– lauren Ornelas, F.E.P. Founder and Executive Director
We defeated the 50-mile regulation! Take a moment to celebrate this step in the fight for farmworker rights and read the coverage in The Mercury News and the Register Pajaronian.
Since 2010, Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) has been part of the coalition leading the successful fight against the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s “50-mile rule” requiring farmworkers to leave state-subsidized housing and move at least 50 miles away at the end of the harvest. This regulation deprived thousands of farmworkers’ children from receiving consistent access to education.
There’s more work to do to ensure farm workers’ rights are fully recognized, but for now join us in celebrating this hard-won victory. Our heartfelt thanks go out to our partner in this effort, Dr. Ann Lopez with The Center for Farmworker Families, as well as Harry Snyder, Kaveh Danesh, Julie Soloman, and everyone who sent letters, attended protests, called their legislators, and contributed research, and the farmworkers.
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