Alianza members engage in a number of projects throughout the year to address the issues, priorities and concerns of farmworker women. Among these, farmworker women have engaged in community education, art activism, and other awareness activities to advocate with and for campesinas across the U.S.
The Bandana project
The Bandana Project is a public awareness campaign aimed at addressing the issue of workplace sexual violence against migrant farmworker women in the United States. White bandanas are decorated and displayed as a symbol of the sexual exploitation of farmworker women because farmworker women have said that they use their clothes, including bandanas, to protect them from sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.
Mónica Ramirez, a Latina activist and Alianza founding Board member, created this campaign in 2007 while she was the project director of Esperanza: The Immigrant Women's Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Dolores Huerta Foundation administered the project from 2010 through 2013. Today the Bandana Project is coordinated by Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (The National Farmworker Women's Alliance).
For more information about the Bandana Project email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Satchel (Moralitos) Campaign
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas launched the Satchel (Moralitos) Campaign to create public awareness about the health risks of pesticides exposure for farmworker women and their families. The project, which was originally spearheaded by Alianza founding member Organizacion de California de Lideres Campesinas was created in 2012.
Alianza members plan community events to inform women about how to protect themselves from pesticides exposure, share information about what people should do if they have been exposed and they provide information about existing Environmental Protection Agency's policies related to pesticides use in agricultural fields. Events are organized and held throughout January and February.
Alianza members utilize teatros (plays) to engage in their public education efforts. These plays are aimed at raising awareness related to a host of different issues. Theater helps to illustrate the problem, but also serves as a more engaging and less intimidating manner to raise important issues, like sexual harassment and other workplace violations.