Date: October 1998
Contact: Priscilla Doel
A program about Spanish-speaking workers in the fields and forests of Maine will be presented at Colby College in Waterville at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Pugh Center of Cotter Union. Juan Pérez-Febles, the state Department of Labor's monitor-advocate, will join three Latino workers to discuss their work in blueberry and broccoli fields and in Maine's industrial forest land.
Roberto Cruz, Remberto Vela and Fernando Carpio Rivera, all Maine workers originally from Mexico, will present the program, which will be in English. The talk was organized by Priscilla Doel, a professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Colby who also is founder and executive director of Maine Service Advocates in Foreign Languages and English Inc. (ME-S.A.F.E.), which does translation and advocacy work for international workers in Maine.
The program is part of Colby's Latino Heritage Celebration, which has featured speakers, films and an exhibit at the Colby Museum of Art.