Safe Ag Safe Schools, or SASS, is a coalition of 50-plus organizations and individuals working together to reduce pesticide exposure threats to the Monterey Bay region’s residents. Our focus is to keep school children safe from hazardous pesticides that cause harms such as asthma and developmental delays.
SASS is focused on increasing grassroots pressure on government decision makers to phase out hazardous drift-prone pesticides over the long term, and taking action to reduce hazardous pesticide use near schools and residential communities in the shorter term.
To better protect our school children, we are calling for policies to be enacted by the County Ag Commissioners and the Department of Pesticide Regulation.
We consist of hundreds of community members on a voluntary basis and welcome anyone interested to come to our meetings. We hope to inform and mobilize the people in the Monterey Bay region to make change and together keep schoolchildren and farmworker communities safe. We have branches that meet in the Greenfield, Salinas and Watsonville areas, as well as a youth chapter: SASS – Future Leaders of Change.