Day 5: May 18 Daily Digest
Garden City to Floral Park (8.5 miles)
Under beautiful, sunny skies, more than a dozen Day 4 marchers enjoyed a lunchtime picnic at Belmont Park, joined by representatives from organized labor. The day’s route, although slightly shorter than other legs of the March for Farmworker Justice, was still more than eight miles through Long Island to the edge of Queens.
For the evening program, another 20 people joined marchers to hear from a farmworker who described, in her own words, how work at an upstate duck farm led to carpal tunnel syndrome, which caused her to lose her job. Guest speakers Sandra Oxford (UFCW 888) and Carlos Orellana (UFCW International) said these stories are all too common – farmworkers often simply give up.
Day Captain Kathy Mendall said both Nassau County law enforcement and the security staff at Belmont were kind and cooperative, and an unsolicited cash donation from a racing fan brightened everyone’s spirits.
Just as the marchers finished lunch at Belmont Park, a horse named “Worthwhile” overcame 30-to-1 odds to win the second race. In the March for Farmworker Justice, the challenges are many, but our cause, too, is worthwhile.
Thanks to all marchers, allies and meal and lodging hosts!
¡Si Se Puede!
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Starting Point: 10am-12pm Cathedral of the Incarnation (50 Cathedral Avenue, Garden City) to Belmont Race Track (Plainfield Road entrance, Elmont) 4.8 miles
LUNCH 12pm-1pm. Outside of Belmont Race Track (Plainfield Road entrance, Elmont)
PRESS CONFERENCE 1pm-2pm. Outside of Belmont Race Track (Plainfield Road entrance, Elmont)
Segment B: 2pm-4:30pm Belmont Race Track (Plainfield Road entrance, Elmont) to Queens County Farm Museum (73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park) 3.5 miles
EVENING dinner and program: Farmworkers and Collective Bargaining 7-8:30pm
Speaker: Sandra Oxford, UFCW Local 888 and Carlos Orellana, UFCW International
Shelter Rock Unitarian Universalists, 48 Shelter Rock Road Manhasset, NY 11030