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Many Hands: Perspectives from the Field

3:30pm - 4:45pmWingate 302


Many Hands: Perspectives from the Field

A workshop on farmwork justice, featuring guest speakers Chris Liu-Beers and Anna Jensen, that discusses immigrant labor in the fields of North Carolina and looks at workers’ experiences in the fields. Liu-Beers and Jensen will present these stories through workers’ own voices, including videos and photographs, as well as provide background for understanding the realities farmworkers face in the fields. They will also focus on ways that congregations and students can get involved through ministry and advocacy. Sponsored by the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative.

About the Speakers:

Chris Liu-Beers grew up in Delaware and went to college in Pennsylvania before moving to Durham, NC in 2003. A graduate of Duke Divinity School, he has been working with the NC Council of Churches since 2006. His commitment to immigrant rights, sustainability and social justice has been shaped in part by studying abroad in Jerusalem, Israel and Zacatecas, Mexico. As Program Associate with the NC Council of Churches, he works on immigration and farmworker-related advocacy, rural life issues, and the Council’s worship resources. Chris lives in Durham with his family.

Anna Jensen grew up in North Carolina and studied at UNC-Chapel Hill. Farmworkers and farmworker issues have been her passion since working with farmworkers one summer for a college internship. She has worked with farmworkers in the tobacco fields of eastern NC, where she acted as a health outreach worker with the NC Farmworkers Project, and the Central Valley of California, where she conducted research for her master’s thesis at UC Davis. She joined the staff of Toxic Free NC as their community organizer in May of this year, and works with farmworker communities, among others, on pesticide protection and advocacy. She is passionate about including all voices in policy work.

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Mark Jensen