Post Contributor: Erika Sanchez
The Bandana Project was held on Thursday, March 26th from 1:30 – 5 pm with a great turn-out. Students designed bandanas in support of migrant farmworker women who, in the name of making money for their families and putting food on the table, face grave threats such as sexual violence and exploitation. Many suffer silently in fear of losing their job, deportation, and separation from their children.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, AL, launched the Bandana Project through their program Esperanza: The Immigrant Woman’s Legal Initiative. The creator of the initiative, Monica Ramirez a lawyer and immigrant rights activist started this project with an aim “to bring a sense of hope, confidence and the will to be brave.” The bandana is the symbol for this effort because female farmworkers often wear bandanas to keep their face and gender hidden from unwanted sexual advances.
Members from Eastern clubs such as O.L.A.S., N.O.W., and M.A.L.E.S. were able to attend the program and design powerful art with messages on the bandanas. It was great to see leaders of these student organizations supporting important programs and causes. Monica Ramirez and Mily Treviño-Sauceda will be on campus Monday, March 30th, in the Johnson Room from 6 – 8 pm to discuss the community’s response to stop the abuse of farmworker women.
We hope you will join us!