The GreenLatinos Network convenes each year to, among other tasks, propose and vote on the core policy priorities of the network for the coming year. This form is for full GreenLatinos Network Members to submission their proposed policy priorities for consideration and voting at the 2016 National GreenLatinos Summit.
Submissions will be considered and voted upon by full voting members on the final day of the Summit. Members submitting a core priority for consideration must be present on the day of voting to place their submission for consideration before voting network members.
GreenLatinos Board Treasurer, Andrea Delgado will be serving as the point person for the core priorities selection process, and any questions, requests for additional information, or follow-up can be directed to Andrea at: AndreaDelgado@greenlatinos.org
Below is an example of a suitable submission for consideration at the Summit:
Please list the proposed core priority in a short sentence:
To protect farmworkers and their families from pesticide exposure
Please briefly describe how this proposed core priority will have national policy implications?
The EPA's Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a federal regulation charged with protecting close to 3 million farmworkers, including 500,000 children from occupational exposures to pesticides.
Clearly articulate why the timing is ripe over the next year for GreenLatinos to organize a campaign as a coalition on this proposed core priority.
The EPA has proposed draft changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS), opening up a public commenting period. The proposed changes fall short of delivering the strongest WPS possible for farmworkers. GreenLatinos can play an integral role in ensuring the voices of farmworkers and Latinos across the country are at the table and included at every stage of the regulatory process.
Describe, with as much detail and supportive facts as possible, why this proposed core priority has an outsized impact on Latino communities specifically.
U.S. farmworkers are predominantly of Latin American origin or descent, majority foreign-born (71%), with varying immigration status (1 in 2 are undocumented) and limited English language proficiency (70%). Nearly 3 million farmworkers labor in fields, nurseries and greenhouses across the nation and in the cultivation, harvesting and tending of plants and crops, they are frequently exposed to pesticides. Among the farmworker labor force, especially vulnerable segments of the population include indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America (15%) and about 500,000 children.
Please share how, by working in coalition, you believe that Green Latinos can have a demonstrable impact on this issue? Include key deliverables that the Green Latinos network could contribute to advancing this priority.
A WPS that fails to account for the factors that prevent farmworkers from learning and speaking out about the hazards they encounter at work will deliver a WPS that will fail farmworkers and their families. GreenLatinos have a unique connection and understanding of the challenges facing various segments of the Latino community across the country. Collectively, GreenLatinos can leverage their policy, organizing, media expertise and relationships to ensure the thoughtful and inclusive engagement of farmworkers, farmworker organizations and allies in the federal rulemaking process.
Green Latinos relies on its network members to provide the leadership and accountability to meeting our goals on our core priorities. If this issue is selected as a core priority, are you personally committed to leading a working group on this issue? Are you aware of other Green Latinos Members that are willing to invest time and leadership?
Yes, I am personally committed to leading or co-leading a work group on this issue and engaging fellow GreenLatinos. I am aware of several GreenLatinos who would be willing to lend their time and expertise to this issue.