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OUR IMPACT

Farmworkers Outreach

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At the end of 2020 and throughout 2021, we worked with the Protect New Jersey Workers’ Coalition to bring COVID-19 Health and Safety Training to workers across the state. We trained 177 workers through zoom on basic COVID-19 information, workers’ rights under OSHA, New Jersey paid leave, and the Governor’s Executive Orders in New Jersey. Through the training, workers identified workplace violations under the executive orders, and CATA assisted workers in filing complaints! 

During the agricultural season, CATA organizers visited more than 75 farms and spoke with over 1500 workers, distributing a variety of health pamphlets and resources, 10,000 facial masks, and 15,000 condoms. We linked workers with COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines, additional medical and legal services and assisted 36 individuals with workplace complaints. 

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Community Garden

CATA’s Bridgeton Organic Community Garden grew this year by incorporating a new Youth Food Justice Program. Throughout the season, we employed nine youth as Food Justice Interns – teaching them practical farming skills, building their analysis of the food system, and developing leadership skills.

 

In addition, the garden committee hosted weekly market days – distributing low-cost, organic produce in the community, hosted cultural events for El Día de Los Muertos and continued the Herbal Medicine Exchange for the 6th year in a row.

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RadioCATA

CATA's community radio station, RadioCATA, became an essential source of information for the Latino community during the pandemic, sharing information on COVID-19, social supports and resources, state and federal assistance available, worker health and safety, and worker's right during the pandemic.
 
We have a fantastic team of seven Latinx volunteer DJs who host live radio shows. We also broadcast four podcasts from partner organizations. In addition, this year, we have produced ten informational bites about relevant topics for our audience like immigration, food justice, and gender justice, among others. 

Now, our signature radio show "Si Se Puede" goes live on Facebook (@radiocata) to reach a larger audience. In addition, through a generous grant, we upgraded some of the equipment and rebuilt the studio space, strengthening our capacity as a community radio station. 

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Solidarity Fund

Last year, after seeing so much financial need in the undocumented community, who have been excluded and left out of almost all federal pandemic relief programs and don’t qualify for unemployment, CATA created the Undocumented Solidarity Fund to provide economic assistance to undocumented immigrants in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

 

Since 2020 through generous donations from supporters and foundations, CATA has fundraised over $210,000 that has been distributed to more than 347 individuals and families so far.

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Advocacy

We engaged our membership to continue the critical work of advocating for new laws and policies that will benefit all immigrant communities. This year, we’ve worked closely with the Let’s Drive New Jersey Coalition as access to drivers’ licenses has rolled out in New Jersey. We’ve been active with the Driving Pennsylvania Forward Coalition to fight for drivers’ licenses for all in Pennsylvania. We’ve worked with the Marylanders for Food and Farm Workers in Maryland to advocate for additional health and safety protections for farmworkers and poultry workers. 

Working in Coalitions has been essential during the pandemic, and we are grateful for the partnerships we’ve developed not only for furthering advocacy efforts but also for coordinating the immigrant community’s access to direct services. We’ve worked closely with the Lower Shore Vulnerable Populations Taskforce and El Centro de Derechos Migrantes in Maryland, coordinating access to COVID-19 vaccines and social services on the Delmarva Peninsula. We’ve also worked with the Recovery for All Coalition in New Jersey, advocating for economic assistance for the immigrant community and WON the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund to provide financial aid to families deeply impacted by COVID-19.