Within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tens of thousands of agricultural workers who harvest and process Washington’s bounty of crops have been designated “essential workers”. While the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the “essential” nature of the agricultural labor that feeds us all, it has also exposed the risks assumed by the largely immigrant workforce that provides that labor.
The recent deaths of multiple workers exposed to the virus while providing Washingtonians with fresh produce emphasizes our need, as direct beneficiaries of this ‘essential’ labor, to raise our awareness of the lived experiences of our state’s agricultural workers that the divide between rural and urban/suburban communities has left many of us naive to.
We invite you to join the conversation naming the current inequities in our agricultural system and envisioning what we can do to advance justice within that system, featuring Community to Community Development, a women-led grassroots organization dedicated to food sovereignty and immigrant rights.
This event is being presented by a Seattle/Eastside inter-faith cohort, including:
First Congregational Church, Bellevue
Fauntleroy Church, UCC
First United Methodist, Bellevue
Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation
Muslim Association of Puget Sound-AMEN
Muslim Community Resource Center
Wallingford United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church of Bothell