Editor: Nandini Gunewardena, author of "Pathologizing Poverty: Structural Forces versus Personal Deficit Theories in the Feminization of Poverty" that appears in our winter, 2009 issue on "The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty: Rethinking Poverty and Education," sent in this e-mail. Dr. Gunewardena gave us permission to reproduce it on our blog. The author can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org Nina’s song, in commemoration of the life and death of farmworker, Agustin Gudino, gives a human dimension to our articles.
POST FROM AUTHOR, NANDINI GUNEWARDENA
This is to share the poignant song composed and sung by twenty-year old Nina Marie Fernando, my niece (Ramani's daughter), a junior at Redlands University, in memory of a farm worker Augustin who died in the Grape fields due to heat stroke on July 21st, 2005 in Kern County.
She sung this at a prayer vigil last week in downtown L.A. for all farm workers who have died in the fields, including the pregnant teen who died recently - part of her work as an intern at CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), Los Angeles.
The words are below. Click on this link youtube.com
by: Nina Marie Fernando
Escuchanos en los campos
Nuestro dolor y nuestro sueño
Queremos ver los colores
De justicia y unidad
Remember us at your table
How each fruit was plucked with a dream
How we thirst to be acknowledged
How we hunger to be seen
I became a sacrifice
To the sun that gives us life
We are lost, apathetic, in darkness
Shine a path toward what is right
I came here with nothing in my hand
My voice was silenced, my strength exploited
Now hear my plea
As I stand, take my hand