Friday, January 31, 2014

A new blog by the Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice site gives tribute and honor to the  former Lake Apopka farmworkers and the Lake Apopka Farmworker Memorial Quilt Project.  This means a great deal to the community, as it validates their life experiences, their work, their contributions, and the beautiful quilts that the community made to raise awareness about their issues.  With this blog, the story of the Lake Apopka farmworkers is being shared far and wide across the United States with other environmental justice communities and individuals interested in farmworkers and EJ issues can now learn about what happened at Lake Apopka and about the importance of protecting farmworkers from pesticide exposure.  This is such an important opportunity to let others know about the consequences of chronic pesticide exposure and about empowering a community to create folk art to tell their stories to others.  Check out the beautiful blog created by EPA, and take a minute to add your comments and to thank the EPA.

We thank the EPA for this honor and this opportunity, and we hope that you will share this link with others, so that the story reaches all parts of the U.S.

We, also, want to thank the Brethern Volunteers for braving an unseasonably cold and wet Florida winter to participate in a Lake Apopka Toxic Tour on January 29th.