Farmworkers in Whatcom County, Washington state invite you to join them in a march, tribunal and community celebration on Sunday, August 5.
This is a particularly meaningful march, as it is in protest of the H2AVisa program that allowed the quasi-slavery conditions for workers last summer in Sumas, where one worker died and many others were very ill from poor treatment.
Join farm worker leaders from Community to Community (C2C) in an historic march in rural Whatcom County. The march starts in Lynden at sunrise - 5:15 am, typical starting time in the fields for farmworkers.
We will be joined by the National Farm Worker Ministry and local Faith Community leaders as well as worker leaders from the National Food Chain Workers Alliance, WA State Labor Council and leaders from the environmental movement.
We invite our friends, supporters and allies to accompany us.
This will be a day long reflection on a day in the life of a farm worker; from the time they start work until their day ends. Walk with us on country roads that border Canada and acres of raspberry and blueberry fields where the fresh berries that are stocked on your grocery shelves are harvested. See the heart of the local agricultural economy and reflect on climate change, our local food system, community building and labor issues in Whatcom County from a farm worker perspective.
We will end at Camp Zapata with a vigil, food and celebration, speakers, and music.
The entire march is 12 miles, the average number of hours a farm worker is in the fields during peak season - there will be 2 additional starting points for those that cannot start with us at 4:30am - with shuttles available.
Schedule for Sunday August 5th
Join Farmworkers in a March, Protest, Tribunal and Celebration
5:30-6:30 am -- Join farm workers for a sunrise ceremony in the parking lot of Mom's Bar and Grill -- 8874 Bender Rd, Suite 101, Lynden, Washington 98264
6:30 am - March begins
Join the March at any of these points:
8:00am - Nooksack Casino: 9750 Northwood Rd, Lynden, WA 98264
10:00am – Protest at Border Patrol/ I.C.E. Jail: 9648 Garrison Rd, Sumas, WA 98295
11:30am - Rally/ People's Tribunal- Sarbanand Farms - 4625 Rock Rd, Sumas, WA 98295
1 – 4:30pm – Vigil/Celebration at Camp Zapata – one mile from the farm -- 9295 Telegraph Rd, Sumas, WA 98295.
Join with farmworkers and allies for food, fellowship and celebration. Please bring your own water bottle.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMING SOON on C2C facebook page
To Volunteer, donate funds or sign up for a potluck dish e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org