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Farmworker March for Dignity

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Join farmworker leaders from Community to Community (C2C) and Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) in an historic march in rural Whatcom County. The march starts with a sunrise ceremony and mística at Customs and Border Patrol facility in Ferndale, and will proceed past several worksites where H2A workers have been contracted. Then march south on Meridian to Bakerview Rd in Bellingham.
This will be a day long reflection on a day in the life of a farmworker; from the time they start work until their day ends. Walk with us on country roads past acres of raspberry and blueberry fields where the fresh berries that are stocked on your grocery shelves are harvested. See the key component of the local agricultural economy, view corporate and NON-organic mono-agriculture fields and reflect on climate change, a contracted captive labor force, our local food system, community building and labor issues in Whatcom County from a farmworker perspective. We will end around 3pm with our vision of a healthy food system, fair and good for workers and eaters; at C2C's Jardín de Agroecología on Bakerview with a vigil, food and celebration, speakers, and music.

We strongly encourage people to carpool or take a shuttle to the march. If you are available to carpool, please let folks know in the comments. There are two places to park and join the march this year:
*4:30 am for the sunrise ceremony. Please park in the Hardware Sales parking lot or in the Lummi Market parking lot along Labounty Rd.
*12:30 pm for the final stretch of the march. Park at Meridian High School
***There will be shuttles from the end point of the march to get you back to your car. We are asking that people do not park at 495 E Bakerview as the church needs use of that parking lot throughout the day.

If you want to take a shuttle, you must sign up in advance. Email or call Kara Black at (360) 676-2300 to get on the list. The shuttle schedule is:

4:00 am at Downtown Bellingham WTA
4:30 am at Ferndale Park and Ride (1671 Main Street)
8:30 am at Downtown Bellingham WTA
9:00 am at Downtown Bellingham WTA
9:15 am at Ferndale Park and Ride
12:00 pm at Downtown Bellingham WTA

There will be shuttles beginning at 3:00 pm to get people back to their cars.