A day of exciting cultural and educational activities including food, local talent, a documentary, and a panel discussion on Hispanic Issues.
Topics Discussed : Transportation, Education, Health & Social Services, Housing, Legal & Social Justice, and Economic/Workforce Development
Keynote Speaker: Javier Torrijos - Delaware Hispanic Commission Chair
Iimage Hands of Harvest 7pm
Adrian Muys, Filmmaker and speaker
Hands of Harvest is a documentary film made by Matt Haley and Adrian Muys that offers a glimpse into a renowned American Industry, being kept afloat by foreign labor. It illustrates the struggles and fortitude of the migrant Mexican women who fuel the crabbing industry on the Eastern Shore. As one of Maryland's most viable economic resources, as well as a cultural icon, the blue crab business takes center stage, delving into the history and strife of the watermen who fight to keep the livelihood intact.The 56-minute film originally appeared on PBS back in July of 2010. It has since then made a revival, catching the eye of the National Education Telecommunications Association, or NETA, as they're more commonly known, who has aired and distributed the documentary through the national PBS network.Since then, ‘Hands of Harvest' has aired in Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, and New York City. Adrian Muys says he is "thrilled" with the film's recent praise, adding that he is proud that the production has brought further attention to the H-2B visa program as part of the Immigration and Nationality Act established in 1980. This focus has, in turn, brought about discussions on the topic of keeping workers, such as those portrayed in the film, working in the Delmarva region.