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NC FIELD Newsletter Spring 2011

  1. 1. NC FIELD Newsletter Spring 2011 • leadership • education • dignity Spring has sprung for NC FIELD! We are pleasd to announce that our organization was a recipient of the Resource-ful Communities Foundation Creating New Economies Fund (CNEF) sponsored by Z. SmithReynolds Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Commission and Burt’s Bees’ Greater GoodFoundation. With this, our first grant, we just keep growing and growing! CNEF monies will help support activities for more than thirty youth throughout thesummer! There will be professional photography and video instruction with a technologytwist, ecology/gardening crews, service-learning projects planned and university campusvisits! Let us know if you would like to hang out with us one Sunday! YouthSpeak 2011 Kicks Off! Our youth groups joined the Project Promise Mentoring Alliance for their Saturday Academy sessions to prepare for the Youth Town Hall meeting. They arrived prepared to discuss issues they feel passionate about. Among the topics were equal rights for all children, DREAM Act legislation, child labor in agriculture, teen pregnancy support, and discrimination. The youth were incredibly empowered and our local politicians were impressed! Feedback from our youth: “Let’s do it again!” Standby FIELDers, our youth have decided to visit city council and commissioner meetings in the future to share all the great things happening in their communities! Join the YouthSpeak email list at: NC FIELD Advisory Council Members: Strategic Planning Meeting August 12-13, 2011 NC FIELD will host a retreat for board members and its advisory board members onAugust 12-13, 2011. We want to thank everyone for their amazing support, advice and gen-eral information over the past year. Like most start-ups, we are relying on your experience toestablish the plan that will guide our efforts for the next three years.Your expertise is needed to lead us into the future!Please RSVP to as soon as possible! THANKS WHOLE FOODS! NC FIELD was the Spot Light Nonprofit with Whole Foods Market of Raleigh for the month of March and raised $250! A special thanks to Nancy for her advocacy!
  2. 2. NC FIELD Goes to the Movies! n March 29th the Farmworker Advocacy Network (FAN) sponsored the O premiere of the documentary Harvest of Dignity at the Galaxy Theatre in Cary, North Carolina. NC FIELD members and NC FIELD youth council members were featured in the documentary The Harvest of Dignity film explores the current plight of farmworkers in North Carolina and com- pares today’s injustices to those demonstrated by Edward Murrow in the 1960 CBS documentary Harvest of Shame. The images that shocked the nation over five decades ago hold little in contrast to the current reality for migrant and seasonal farm- workers in North Carolina and throughout the rest of the country. For more information on Harvest of Dignity campaign please visit Additionally, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University screened three short films they produced as organizing documentaries surrounding the child labor bill. The Center for Documentary Studies worked with youth groups and parents to create the me- dia. The project received support from NC FIELD, AFOP Children in the Fields, the Lenoir County Migrant Education Program and NC Migrant Education Program. Special thanks to Emily Drakage and Peter Eversoll for the use of their photos. The invitation for the film screenings is a photo taken by Yesenia of the youth council. Photos For SaleThe Youth Council- Poder Juvenil Campesino -continues to develop media for use in documen-taries and photo exhibits as part of their effortsto raise awareness about child labor in agricul-ture. In 2010, they showed their photos and vid-eos at the gallery ROOM 100 in Durham, amongother exhibits across North Carolina. Show somelove and spread the word! They are selling theirprints of their photos- all proceeds from sales goto pay for youth ou can find their work at Support out youth activities– buy some excellent photography! Great photo Yesenia! NC FIELD Outreach On April 19th NC FIELD members traveled to Elon College for an all day Child Farmworker Aware- ness Event. The day featured a Photography Exhibi- tion, Video Screening and Q&A Panel Discussion. Katie Lampe, senior student at Elon College, and NC FIELD intern, has been helping out with youth council activi- ties as well as with the planning of the Elon event. A huge thanks to Dr. Betty Morgan and Katie Lampe for helping arrange a wonderful and successful day!
  3. 3. Home Sweet Home! NC FIELD and the Fuller Center for Housing have been very busy this springas we continue renovating the houses on Blount Street in Kinston for two farmworkerfamilies. Most of the roof has been re-shingled, the interior is down to its beauti-ful, solid frame and the debris has been removed. We have a dumpster out backand there’s talk of electrical andplumbing inspections! During March and April stu-dents from UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington, and Rhodes Collegeof Memphis, Tennessee traveledto Kinston to help with the reno-vations. A special thanks to MacPlosser of the Fuller Center, thefamilies, friends and all the vol-unteers for your hard work andwonderful support! Stay tuned anddust off your hardhats! Community Spotlight: Theresa Williams-Bethea Kinston native, Theresa Williams-Bethea of Kinston Business Support Ser- vices, Inc. has been instrumental in the success of youth-supported program- ming in the Kinston area, with a particular emphasis on issues of education, diversity, social and economic justice. Her successful career in founding and supporting nonprofit organizations in the Charlotte area has served Kinston’s youth well since her homecoming in 2008. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Young Women of Promise (YWOP). She leads the Project Promise Mentoring Alliance, a dropout preven- tion initiative of the Partnership for Children of Lenoir and Greene Counties and the Kinston Promise Neighborhood. Since 2008, she has successfully volunteered her grant- writing talents to local nonprofit organizations which has resulted in more than one million dollars in grant awards for programs that benefit children in Lenoir County. Theresa is a mentor and friend to NC FIELD Board of Directors and youth, facilitated the donation of our of- fice space, and is a constant advocate for our youth in activities that promote inclusion, diversity and leadership. We honor her contributions and deeply ap- preciate everything she continues to do for our children. Thanks Theresa!
  4. 4. OVACIONES! Poder Juevenil CampesinoYouth Council Visits Local Universities Saturday, April 9th the youthcouncil participated in a UNC-WCampus visit with the Teaching Fel-lows as our guide. It was a wonder-ful outing and really got the youththinking and excited about college.Special thanks to Amy Rottman andher teaching fellows at UNC-W. On Cesar Chavez Day, March30th, members of the Youth Council joined ECU grad student Ana and FIELD member Rachelas they passed out information about farmworkers at East Carolina University for Farm-worker Awareness Week. Afterwards, they took a campus tour. Honoring Civil RightsAt Youth Council meetings this Spring, wefocused on learning about civil rights leaderswho were fundamental in change both here inthe United States and around the World. Thework of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandiand, of course, Cesar Chavez were used asinspiration for working towards equality anddignity for all. Dates to Remember! • June 2, 2011: Teens and Kids Who Care Year-End Celebration! (6-9 pm) • June 14, 2011: NC FIELD Board of Directors Meeting • June 12, 2011: Youth Council meeting • July 12, 2011: NC FIELD Board of Directors Meeting • July 17, 2011: Youth Council meeting • August 9, 2011: NC FIELD Board of Directors Meeting • August 12 & 13, 2011: NC FIELD Board and Advisory Board Retreat • August 14, 2011: Youth Council meeting NC FIELD, Inc. 327 N. Queen Street, Suite 110 Kinston, NC 28501 email: Mission: To create strategies and initiate collaborative actions that will promote justice and equality by increasing access to opportunities for farm working communities in North Carolina. Goals: End child labor in agriculture Develop and create additional migrant educational programming specifically for unaccompanied minors and migrant children and youth Eliminate food scarcity among the farmworker communities Facilitate dignified housing for migrant farmworker families and unaccompanied youth Chair: Peter Eversoll Vice-Chair: Melissa Bailey Secretary: Rachel Wright Treasurer: Pedro Sanchez Executive Director: Emily Drakage Legal Counsel: Scott Brown