The Fight for Fair Food: Tomatoes, Farmworkers and Human Rights
Thursday, April 12, 11:15-12:45
Plaza 114 on Auraia Campus [map]
Florida's tomato pickers have long faced sweatshop-like workings conditions and violations of their human rights including moder-day slavery. However, the grassroots farmworker organization the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has made unprecedented progress toward creating a more just agricultural industry. Working together with young people and other allies across the country, the CIW's Campaign for Fair Food has succeeded at forcing many of the nation's largest food corporations to adopt purchasing practices which protect farmworkers' human rights rather than fuel their exploitation. However, the struggle continues. This interactive workshop examines farmworkers' working conditions; the structure of the corporate-controlled food system; and the highly successful strategies, tactics and organizing methods utilized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Student/Farmworker Alliance.
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