Justice Statement – Only through Love and Justice Will We Find Peace

 

Statement

Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs

June 3, 2020

 

Only through Love and Justice Will We Find Peace

 

The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) is deeply saddened by the tragic death of yet another person of color in the United States at the hands of a government established to protect its people.

As an organization dedicated to helping the nation’s farmworkers strive to achieve their own share of the American Dream, AFOP knows only too well the obstacles that some Americans face in securing just treatment, racially, economically, and socially.

When will we as a nation ever learn that human dignity is inherent all people? When will we ever realize that it is only through understanding and respect that We the People can live in true harmony?

In these difficult and searingly painful times, AFOP urges the Nation to heed the compelling wisdom of César Chavez, the great advocate for farmworkers and poor everywhere:

“We can choose to use our lives for others to bring about a better and more just world for our children. People who make that choice will know hardship and sacrifice. But if you give yourself totally to the non-violence struggle for peace and justice, you also find that people give you their hearts and you will never go hungry and never be alone. And in giving of yourself you will discover a whole new life full of meaning and love.”

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From the Desk of the Executive Director

After a late start caused by the delayed completion of the fiscal year 2017 spending process, congressional appropriators have begun moving fiscal year 2018 funding bills, including the Labor-HHS-Education measure that covers the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP).  The House version of the bill would cut NFJP by roughly $10 million to $72 million from the fiscal year 2017 level-funded amount of $82 million.  Approved by subcommittee, the measure awaits full Appropriations Committee consideration.  The Senate has not yet released its fiscal year 2018 legislation.  The president earlier this year recommended to Congress that it terminate NFJP entirely.

Looking at the big picture, the House recently passed a fiscal year 2018 “minibus” appropriations measure that includes $658 billion for national defense, though the topline exceeds the spending cap set by the 2011 Budget Control Act by $72 billion.The bill would fund the Defense Department’s base budget at $584 billion and its Overseas Contingency Operations account at $74 billion. The base budget funding is $68 billion above what was enacted in fiscal year 2017 and $18 billion more than what the Trump Administration sought for fiscal year 2018.

The Senate Appropriations Committee announced recently, however, that it is writing a defense spending bill that, unlike the House version, adheres to the BCA in the hopes of hashing out a bipartisan deal to raise the caps.  Such an agreement, like past agreements, could provide much-needed cap relief for non-defense discretionary program funding.  Should that occur, NFJP will be in a much stronger position to win the appropriations it needs to continue providing the nation’s struggling agricultural workers the hand up they need to help themselves going forward.