RECAP: Wednesday June 1 – FARMWORKER ALBANY DAY
And so, the March for Farmworker Justice has ended.
On June 1, hundreds of people from all walks of life visited the State Capitol to call, loudly and clearly, for justice for farmworkers. We are teachers and steelworkers, lawyers and legislators, bishops and rabbis, who all share an appetite for justice, and a great affection for our fellow traveler.
“This is everybody’s fight!” said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO. “This is our responsibility as human beings!” The words echoed off the granite façade of the Capitol Building, and far beyond the walls of the executive mansion.
We marched to bring attention to a special brand of injustice that New York has endured for too many years: that farmworkers, our brothers and sisters who literally put food on our tables, do not enjoy the same rights and protections that most of us take for granted. “We can’t even afford to eat the same vegetables we pick,” said Maria Gomez.
For 18 days, for more than 200 miles, we’ve shared smiles and tears, handshakes and hugs, food and shelter, moral and physical support. We roller-skated, pushed strollers, and walked on stilts, past mountains, beside rivers, down lonely roads, and through the center of the greatest city in the world. We discovered thousands of new allies (or they discovered us). We laughed, learned and loved.
Our muscles ache, our feet are blistered, our necks are sunburned – but our hearts are full.
And now the March has ended.
What remains is The Movement. We have each other. We are stronger than ever. We are on the right side of history. And we will prevail.
Muchas gracias a todos.