The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St. in Utica, will host a program at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 on the challenges faced by immigrant dairy workers in the Mohawk Valley, how they are mobilizing, and how residents can support them.
Kathy Smith, who has worked for the Migrant Education Program in New York for 13 years, will read an excerpt from her book “Otro Día,” a fictional account drawing from her experiences as a teacher and advocate for the immigrant worker community in the Mohawk Valley.
Rebecca Fuentes and Crispin Hernandez will speak about a landmark case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that affirmed farmworkers’ right to organize and what is next in the battle to protect immigrant workers. Fuentes is a longtime activist and the lead organizer at the Worker’s Center of Central New York. Hernandez is a dairy worker and the lead plaintiff in the ACLU case.
The event is free to the public. Donations will be collected to establish the Mohawk Valley Migrant Health Fund. The talk is part of the Big Conversation Series honoring the late peace and justice activist Sunithi Bajekal. For more information contact Kim at 315 735-4825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.