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March 04, 2014 14:02 ET

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S.A.M.E. Launches Migrant Worker Awareness Tour 2014

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 4, 2014) -

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Students Against Migrant Exploitation (S.A.M.E.) is embarking on its second annual Migrant Worker Awareness Tour. Throughout March, S.A.M.E. volunteers are hosting a dynamic set of workshops, info sessions, and artistic performances at schools, campuses and colleges across Ontario and Quebec. The dynamic tour aims to engage and inform students about migrant farm workers in Canada.

S.A.M.E. is a student-led and student-focused organization aimed to create awareness about where the food we eat comes from, and of the plight of migrant workers who are the backbone of Canada's agriculture industry. Last year, the first-ever S.A.M.E. Awareness Tour engaged upwards of 7,000 Ontario students. This year's tour, with a larger volunteer base and an expanded social media network is expected to engage over 15,000 -- with the S.A.M.E. tour touching down in over 10 cities, at more than 30 schools, and over 60 classrooms and community centers.

"The goal is to engage community members and students of all ages and to start a conversation about the challenges facing migrant agriculture workers in Canada," says Pablo Godoy, the national coordinator for S.A.M.E. "Beyond that, we want to show students how they can be active citizens and lead to positive change in their own communities."

Infusing the tour with arts and culture, S.A.M.E. will be accompanied by a collection of renowned arts educators including Ruben "Beny" Esguerra (www.newtraditionmusic.com) and internationally acclaimed actress and visual artist Gilda Monreal (www.gildamonreal.blogspot.ca).

KEY DATES AND SCHOOLS INCLUDE:

York University, March 4
Brock University, March 5
McMaster University, March 7 & 8
Wilfred Laurier (Brantford), March 7
Wilfred Laurier (Waterloo), March 13
Carleton University, March 14
McGill University, March 16
George Brown College, March 18 & 20
University of Toronto, March 19
San Lorenzo Community Center, March 21
Sheridan College, March 21
University of Waterloo, March 27

In addition, the S.A.M.E. tour will be travelling to Montreal, Windsor, and Sudbury. Several high-school and elementary school visits are also on the schedule. The last week of the tour coincides with National Farm Worker Awareness Week in the United States.

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