|“He it is who sees justice done for the orphan and the widow, who loves the stranger and gives him food and clothing.” –Dt 10:18
Dear Columban Friend,
During this Easter season, we are reminded that we are all children of God and as such, are blessed with the welcoming and healing love of the Resurrection. In Weeks 1, 2 and 3 of this Easter E-Journey, we explored how the world’s current food system has yet to reflect the beauty and abundance of life that God envisions for all God’s children. Week 4 is dedicated to the many migrants around the world who work in the food industry, often times in vulnerable and abusive conditions.
The food we put on our tables and serve our families often comes from the hands of migrant workers. These are the earth- stained hands of men, women, and children who harvest fruits and vegetables and who package food. Yet, these same sisters and brothers who provide us with healthy meals oftentimes cannot supply their families with the same.
Across the country, Columbans minister to and with migrant workers. Many of these men and women work in the food industry at farms, meatpacking plants, and restaurants. Undocumented workers are vulnerable to workplace abuses, the threat of deportation and separation from loved ones, and direct exposure to pesticides linked to cancer and nervous system disorders. At the end of the day, they struggle to provide their families with enough food, especially fresh, healthy, pesticide-free food on an average salary of $6.76 per hour.
You can improve the physical and economic health of undocumented immigrants by urging the Senate to stregthen and pass the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that will give all immigrants full labor rights without fear of losing their jobs or deportation. Click here to send a letter.
On the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Columbans are working with the area’s migrant population to provide them with healthy food choices. The Columban Border Mission Center, hosts a community garden that supplies fresh, local, and organic produce to immigrants and local food pantries.
Join us in seeking justice for the strangers among us who toil for food without access to the fruits of their labor. Ask your Senator to support comprehensive immigration reform that will allow undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows, secure work with full labor rights, work towars citizenship be treated with human dignity, and justly care for their families. Pledge to send a letter here.
Amy Woolam Echeverria
*All Easter Food E-Journey materials produced by the CCAO. Contact the CCAO at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-565-4547 with any questions.
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