The Yale Sustainable Food Program and Ezra Stiles College are pleased to host representatives from Migrant Justice for an Ezra Stiles tea on Thursday, September 14 at 4:00 pm.
Migrant Justice’s mission is to build the voice, capacity, and power of the farmworker community and engage community partners to organize for economic justice and human rights. Migrant Justice gathers the farmworker community to discuss and analyze shared problems and to envision collective solutions. Through this ongoing investment in leadership development, members deepen their skills in community education and organizing for long-term systemic change. From this basis Migrant Justice members have defined community problems as a denial of rights and dignity and have prioritized building a movement to secure these fundamental human rights to dignified work and quality housing, freedom of movement and access to transportation, freedom from discrimination, and access to health care.
Enrique Balcazar has worked on Vermont dairy farms for over 3 years and his parents were both dairy workers in Vermont. Balcazar came up through the ranks of Migrant Justice having served as a leader in the successful driver’s license and bias-free policing campaign. Balcazar is a worker founder of the Milk with Dignity Program and a lead Farmworker Organizer in Addison County (the state’s largest dairy region). Balcazar will be joined by Migrant Justice staff.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration and the Yale Food Law Society.