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"Impacting Oregon Farm Workers"

Impacting Oregon Farm Workers

Oregon Farm Worker Ministry (OFWM) was founded in Salem, OR June 1985—the result of the influence of Cesar Chavez.  Our co-founders Verne and Rosemary Cooperrider and David Papen had worked directly with United Farm Workers before they started laying the ground work for a farm worker ministry in the late 70’s and early 80’s in the Pacific Northwest.  Through their work with Cesar, our leaders learned the importance of non-violence and religious faith in the farm worker struggle for justice. Soon after Cesar’s death in 1993, OFWM helped organize an interfaith service in his honor. Now in our 28th year, OFWM continues to stand with UFW, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) and all farm workers and their families in our region.  We are part of a coalition that honors Cesar and all farm workers on Cesar Chavez Day and Farm Worker Awareness Week each year.  Cesar Chavez—presente!