Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, which he cofounded in 1967 and which strives to improve the welfare of migrant farm workers
Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, which he cofounded in 1967 and which strives to improve the welfare of migrant farm workers
On Thursday, September 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Crosby Center, 96 Church Street in Belfast, WERU Community Radio and Americans Who Tell the Truth will present farm labor activist and union leader Baldemar Velasquez, cofounder and president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee of the AFL-CIO. The son of immigrant farm workers from Mexico himself, he has long been an advocate for migrant workers and immigrants. He will talk about the current state of immigration in the United States and migrant agricultural workers in Maine and beyond.

There will also be a panel presentation and question-and-answers with Velasquez and Jorge Acero of the Maine Department of Labor, Edith Flores of Mano en Mano, and Cynthia Phinney of the Maine AFL-CIO. Music to open and close the evening will be performed by father and daughter duo Shawn and Maizey Mercer. There will also be a meet -and-greet gathering at 6:15 p.m.

WERU Community Radio is a non-commercial radio station broadcasting from Blue Hill. Americans Who Tell the Truth is an organization whose mission is to highlight citizens who address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call Matt Murphy, general manager of WERU, at 469-6600, or visit www.weru.org.