Achievements

RMM has had many achievements throughout our history. They include:

Legislation

  • Facilitating a successful campaign to support farmworkers as they sought the same minimum wage as other New Yorkers.
  • Facilitating successful legislative campaigns to require field sanitation and drinking water in the fields for farmworkers.
  • Leading the Justice For Farmworkers Campaign, a twenty year campaign that saw a four hundred year injustice addressed with the passage of the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act in 2019 which gave farmworkers many basic rights including: A Day of Rest, Overtime pay, disability insurance, and most importantly, the right to bargain collectively.
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Litigation

  • Served as the lead plaintiff in a case against the Trump administration and the EPA protecting training protocols around the use of pesticides
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Awards

  • The Youth Arts Group received awards from the Washington D.C. Immigration Film Festival and the Hudson Valley Film Festival for best short Documentary: DREAMERS AMONG US
  • RMM & our colleague Librada Paz received the 2012 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award
  • WOMAN’S DAY MAGAZINE honored former Executive Director, the Rev. Gail Keeney Mulligan with their Outstanding Woman Award
  • Trinity Wall Street names the Rev Richard Witt, a Trinity Transformational Fellow
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Leadership Development

  • Watched over 95% of the graduates of our Youth Empowerment Program, during a thirty year history, matriculate into college.
  • Welcomed and trained over 500 university interns and fellows.
  • Witnessed over 2000 children participate in over thirty five years of summer leadership camps and programs (which is quite amazing when you think that they are coming from isolated rural towns and farms across upstate New York!) Hosted the annual state-wide Rural Women’s Assembly for over fifteen years welcoming over three thousand participants.

Establishing new programs

  • Built a childcare/Headstart program in New Paltz.
  • RMM has “incubated” twelve organizations across rural New York, including: CITA, )The Independent Farmworker Center and ADELANTE STUDENT VOICES an organization that supports undocumented students explore their legal status and routes to college.