Honoring Latin American and Hispanic Neighborhood Leaders

Throughout Latin American & Hispanic Heritage Month, we acknowledge the mutual assist and meals justice leaders, together with vegan meals justice activists, who’ve and are working tirelessly in collaboration with these communities to assist meals aid and construct meals sovereignty. 

  • Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez co-founded the United Farm Employees (UFW). Previous to their management, important farm staff had little to no rights and no means to struggle for fundamental wants like clear consuming water. Huerta coined the phrase “¡Sí Se Puede!” (Sure, we will!) and in the present day each Huerta and Chavez are revered as civil rights icons.
  • Meals Empowerment Mission (FEP), based by vegan Chicanx activist lauren Ornelas, seeks to create a extra simply and sustainable world by recognizing the facility of 1’s meals selections. A vegan meals justice group, FEP encourages wholesome meals selections that mirror a extra compassionate society by spotlighting the abuse of animals on farms, the depletion of pure sources, unfair working situations for produce staff, and the unavailability of wholesome meals in low-income areas. 
  • The Coalition of Immokalee Employees (CIW) is a worker-based human rights group internationally acknowledged for its achievements in preventing human trafficking and gender-based violence at work. The CIW can be acknowledged for pioneering the design and improvement of the Employee-driven Social Duty paradigm, a worker-led, market-enforced method to the safety of human rights in company provide chains. The Harvard Enterprise Evaluate named the Honest Meals Program among the many 15 “most necessary social-impact success tales of the previous century.”
  • Chilis on Wheels, based by queer Puerto Rican activist Michelle Carrera and co-led by Government Director at Chilis on Wheels NY Eloísa Trinidad, makes veganism accessible to communities in want by providers similar to meal shares, meals demos, clothes drives, and mentorship. Chilis on Wheels supplies networks of assist and builds robust empowered communities throughout the areas they serve. Carrera can be the founding father of Casa Vegana de la Comunidad, a vegan sustainability neighborhood middle in Puerto Rico, and Trinidad is co-founder of Vegan Activist Alliance.
  • Todo Verde was based by Jocelyn Ramirez with a mission to create scrumptious and wholesome plant-based meals impressed by her Mexican-Ecuadorian roots and a dedication to creating extra accessible recipes and meals for her neighborhood. Ramirez is the creator of the cookbook La Vida Verde.

These are just some examples of the management that represents the importance and affect of these of Latin American and Hispanic heritage in addition to the large work that continues to be to be accomplished towards larger fairness and justice.

Farm Sanctuary celebrates all of our employees, volunteers, board, and neighborhood members of Latin American and Hispanic Heritage and the superb contributions and dedication of Latin American and Hispanic leaders, organizers, and neighborhood leaders.

What’s the Distinction Between Hispanic and Latin American?
Individuals who self-identify as Hispanic are descendants of individuals from Spain or from Spanish-speaking international locations. Latin American refers to those that are from or are descendants of individuals from Latin America who could self-identify as Latino, Latina, Latinx or Latine, amongst different phrases. Although some could use the descriptors interchangeably, it’s at all times finest to ask somebody how they self-identify to find out which time period to make use of when referring to them.

At Farm Sanctuary, we share acknowledgements of assorted heritage and historical past months, consciousness weeks, and days of recognition all year long to have a good time and honor the various cultures and lived experiences of our neighborhood and to indicate respect for and affirm the dignity of those that have been traditionally oppressed and marginalized. We do that in tandem with inside initiatives to foster an organizational tradition that helps larger fairness, social justice, and belonging.

Please assist the continued Hurricane Ian aid. The Coalition of Immokalee Employees (CIW), one among our program companions, shared about methods to assist residents who’ve been impacted, who’re largely of Latin American and Hispanic heritage.

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