Thursday October 27, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
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Temple B'rith Kodesh 
2131 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

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Paul A. Stermer
Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc.

Harvesting Justice Symposium and Dinner –   In Their Shoes

The 2016 Harvesting Justice Symposium, In Their Shoes, will celebrate women farmworkers in New York State. Please join us for a memorable evening!

Sponsorships and advertisements are still available. Your tax-deductible contribution not only supports this event, but all of our Western NY programming. Contact Paul A. Stermer for more information: rmmpstermer@gmail.com or (845) 485-8627.


 Harvesting Justice Symposium 4:00 - 6:00pm

Take time to walk In Their Shoes, as farmworker women from throughout New York State share personal stories about the unique challenges they face, including health, motherhood, and abuse. Moderated by Betty Garcia Mathewson, Director, Opening Doors Diversity Project (Brockport).

Reception 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Enjoy casual networking, refreshments and wine.

Harvesting Justice Dinner 6:30 - 8:30pm

Mistress of Ceremonies: The Rev. Melissa DeRosia, Pastor, Gates Presbyterian Church

Featured Speaker: Rosalinda Guillén, Executive Director of Community to Community Development (Bellingham, WA)

Ms. Guillén is a widely recognized farmworker, rural justice leader and advocate. She dropped out of school as a teenager to marry, and subsequently cared for her two young sons as a migrant farmworker in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. After a 16-year career in banking, Ms. Guillén began her second career in organizing and advocacy. Since then, she has organized and directed national campaigns and boycotts, helped secure union contracts and pass legislation for farmworkers, and served as National Policy Director for United Farm Workers of America (UFW). She has met with agricultural worker organizations in Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Costa Rica, The Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, South Africa and Austria (as well as throughout the U.S.), and now leads Community to Community Development, a women- and farmworker-led organization she co-founded in 2003 with other women activists in the region.


  • The George Exley-Stiegler Award: Marv Mich, Director of Social Policy and Research, Catholic Family Center (Rochester)
  • The Jim Schmidt Award: Marilu Aguilar, social justice and human rights advocate

Entertainment: Papalotl Mexican Folkloric Dance School, a Rochester nonprofit organization that promotes Mexican culture through dance and self-expression.

Silent Auction