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Uniting Voices: Farmworkers Share Their Struggles at Tribunal in NY and March for Justice in Newark, NJ

Over the past few months, we have had numerous opportunities to bring the issues faced by farmworkers and immigrant workers to the forefront.

During the last weekend of March, in recognition of Cesar Chavez Day on March 31, our colleagues and compañeros at the Food Chain Workers' Alliance organized the first-ever Bi-National People's Tribunal on the Struggles of Farmworkers in North America. With representation from farmworkers across six different states in the U.S. and Canada, workers shared stories about the challenges they face regarding health and safety, immigration, and climate change.

CATA board member Juan Garcia provided testimony for this historic event, drawing on his 25+ years of experience working in agriculture in New Jersey. Below is an excerpt from his testimony:

"On hot temperature days, if we do not cover ourselves and do not wear appropriate clothing, we are exposed to cancer problems, heart problems, vision problems, and more. It is worth mentioning that the majority do not receive medical attention due to barriers like their status, language, the inflated cost of medications and consultations, the impediments posed by some employers, and the lack of knowledge that there are clinics that serve people with limited resources and special attention to agricultural workers. But it must also be noted that the worker focuses on completing the job, and it is not easy to take a few hours or a day to attend to himself."

On May 1, we took to the streets in Newark, New Jersey, alongside our partners in the Job Bridge Campaign—a new initiative aimed at strengthening the safety net in New Jersey and expanding unemployment protections for more workers, including undocumented workers. It was a beautiful day to march and make our voices heard! If you'd like to learn more about the Job Bridge Campaign, please get in touch with us at

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