"My freedom is very much entangled with the freedom of every other man. So, I'm fighting for my own freedom here..."
- young civil rights activist
is a decentralized network of diverse organizations and individuals whose actions are unified by the following principles:
SFA is dedicated to working with farmworkers for change but we will not act on their behalf, instead taking our lead from the workers themselves. Farmworkers' daily experience of working in sweatshop conditions in the fields puts them in the best position to build movements to change those conditions—and the larger power imbalances they stem from. In turn, we take responsibility for organizing our communities and colleagues to understand—and act on—our role in this movement.
farmworkers and young consumers are objectified by the corporate
food industry: farmworkers are seen as tractors that harvest
raw materials cheaply while youth are seen as mouths that obediently
consume branded, unsustainable products. In an increasingly polarized global
the growing concentration of wealth and corporate
power threatens nearly everyone—it is imperative
that we unite in common struggles and create meaningful solidarity
with one another.
in our communities.
Historically, we have been creative and forceful
catalysts for change, and today young people are at the forefront of movements
throughout the world confronting injustice.
on our campuses and can hold our educational institutions
accountable for who they chose to do business with. In the words
of students at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM),
who waged a 9-month campus-wide strike in 1999: “The University
belongs to those who study in it!”
that profit from worker exploitation. With this awareness, we can pierce the veil
of branding and multi-billion dollar advertising budgets, disrupting
business as usual for unethical corporations.
a network comprised of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, we strive to keep a focus on collective
liberation at the forefront of our work so that we do not
patterns of oppression. We believe that organizing according to these principles is essential to building truly democratic and effective social movements that can win systemic changes while prefiguring the type of world we want.