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The voices of disenfranchised rural people are not being heard at the policy making tables of rural New York State. This has become abundantly clear during the years of the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign. The plight of the farmworkers has been repeatedly ignored during discussions about New York labor law and its impact upon farmworkers.

There are a multitude of reasons that the voices of the rural poor are not heard - they live in isolated settings - perhaps they speak the wrong language, or have the wrong skin color, they lack the resources to have significant impact and those who represent powerful interests control who is at the policy-making tables and what is discussed. For close to three decades, Rural & Migrant Ministry has been committed to ensuring that the voice of the rural worker is heard in New York State, and to holding up voices that call for rural justice. Here are some of those voices.

Farmworker Stories

On Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, more than a dozen courageous farmworkers from across the state of New York shared some of their stories with a group of Human Rights Observers and an audience in the Auditorium of the Legislative Office Building in the State Capitol in Albany.

The testimonies are now public. You can download them here.

Sermons and Speeches

Sermon for a Vigil to Witness the Lives of Undocumented Workers, The Rev. Gawain de Leeuw, March 31, 2010.


The Farmworker by Timoteo Martínez
"we are the farmworkers
those who know about love"...
For full poem, click here.

Traces of Distorted Reality by Itzel Fernandez
"Looking out my window, 65 degrees, leaves falling down, winter’s almost here, it’s running through my mind"...
For full poem, click here.

Noche de luna y estrellas / Night of Moon and Stars


Majority Stranger: Posted on October 8, 2010 by Reverend Don Hill, staff member of Northeast Partners in Episcopal Ministry, Wayne County, NY Download pdf file.