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Remembering Jim Schmidt

by Maggie Gray, The Nation January 2, 2013 You might call Jim Schmidt an activist’s activist. As the former executive director of Farmworker Legal Services in New York (FLSNY) and the co-founder of Rochester’s Band of Rebels, Schmidt was a dedicated advocate for racial and economic justice. Most of his career was defined by his … Continue reading »

Memorial Celebration of the Life of Jim Schmidt

Link to program from Jim’s Memorial Celebration, December 1, 2012 Poem for Jim Schmidt by Sally McCoy for the Band of Rebels Jim is on his way to Olympus. He will confront the egocentric, undemocratic gods and goddesses with an ultimatum – Either pursue a course of social and economic justice or face eviction. The … Continue reading »

Jim Schmidt’s Obiturary from the D & C

James F. Schmidt Rochester: 73, of Rochester, diedNovember10,2012. The son of the late John and Susan Schmidt, Jim was born in Auburn on July 20, 1939. Hestarted his career teaching at Central Tech of Syracuse, and then began teaching migrant farmworkers. He was the former Executive Director of the Cayuga County Action Program, worked in … Continue reading »

Jim Schmidt: Advocate battled for farmworker rights

THE DAILY RECORD Advocate battled for farmworker rights By Mike Murphy New York Daily Record Posted: 1:13 am Mon, November 19, 2012 1:13 am Mon, November 19, 2012 James F. Schmidt taught history to Syracuse public school students and basic education to adult migrant workers. He fought long and hard for farmworker rights, leading a … Continue reading »

Memorial Service for Jim Schmidt

Friends of Jim Schmidt are invited to call on the family Thursday November 15th from 4-7 pm  at White Chapel Funeral Home, 197 South St., Auburn, NY. The memorial service for Jim Schmidt will be December 1, 2012 3:00 pm Memorial Art Gallery Ballroom 500 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Jim Schmidt

Today the long struggle of our founder, Jim Schmidt, came to an end. Jim died at 3PM Saturday in Strong. He was an inspiration to all of us who knew him. Watching him come to our protests, week after week, was the force that drove many of us on. The Band of Rebels was his … Continue reading »