Farmworker March to Stop in Philipstown

Activists making their way to Albany

Activists who are marching to Albany to lobby for the passage of a Farmworker Fair Labor Practice Act plan to stay overnight in Cold Spring.

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Garrison will host a dinner with music at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, after which the marchers will retire to Graymoor for the evening. They will gather again at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, for a 9:30 a.m. departure. Local supporters will walk with the group to Beacon and then return to Cold Spring by train.

The marchers hope to reach Albany on June 1. Farmworkers are currently excluded from state and federal labor law protections such as overtime pay, one day off per week, worker’s compensation and unemployment insurance.

For more information, visit Local support is also being provided by First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown and the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement at Graymoor.

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