January 25 – January 25, 2018
Advocacy Action for Human Victims of Pesticide Use
April 5, 2010 | bpfna
When our BPFNA group met with the farm workers, they asked our help in sharing their plight and their fight for justice. One member of that Friendship Tour, Deidre Druk, has led the BPFNA ever since in advocating for these courageous and suffering people.
Thanks to the great leadership of Deidre and her church, University Baptist in Minneapolis, MN, we invite our churches and members to take part in this advocacy action. Deidre has drafted sample advocacy letters to a variety of political leaders as well as to the leaders of the fruit and chemical companies responsible for the production and use of Nemagon.
You are invited to visit www.bpfna.org/nemagon and read the sample letters on the BPFNA web site, then put them in your own words and mail them to the addresses listed. The letters were originally drafted as part of a Lenten observance, but you can easily adapt them to be suitable for sending anytime.
Our members and churches outside of the US may wish to focus their efforts on the companies themselves. Those inside the US are urged to write to both the companies and US government officials. (If you wish to write your US Senators, you can find names and addresses at www.senate.gov.)
You can grab attention by using yellow paper and envelopes (Since Nemagon was used most often in the banana fields, it is most associated with that particular fruit). If you are working with your Sunday School class, church or other group, you can generate some energy by tracking your progress. (University Baptist designed a banana chart and invited each member who wrote 10 letters to add a banana with his/her name.) You may want to plan letter-writing sessions after worship or as a part of other church gatherings.
If you take part in this justice-seeking practice, please let us know by dropping us an email with the subject line Nemagon Advocacy to email@example.com.