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Florida Tomato Growers Exchange

Part One: “The New Day is not something that’s going to happen, the New Day is happening right now”…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”Extreme Makeover of the Florida tomato industry, Part One…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=19054″]   Since 2010, a metamorphosis has been underway in the Florida tomato industry, while in Mexico the industry’s counterpart has only sunk deeper into a morass of violence, corruption, poverty, and exploitation… The quotation at the top of this post came from the Rev. Roy Terry of the United Methodist Church of Naples.  Rev. Terry spoke those words during a candlelight vigil held at the Duke University Chapel as part of last month’s Now Is the Time Tour.  The vigil was captured beautifully in the simple but moving video […]

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Special Comment on the Florida Legal Services Lawsuit

Many of you may have already read coverage of a lawsuit filed this week in Miami against Burger King involving questions around the payment of penny-per-pound funds to farmworkers. If not, here is an example of the coverage.

It’s hard to figure out where Florida Legal Services could possibly be coming from with this lawsuit.

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Why We March: Do the Right Thing Tour

there is hope on the horizon, thanks to the efforts of farmworkers, Fair Food activists, Florida tomato growers, and nine food industry leaders who have joined in support of the CIW’s Fair Food principles, including a strict code of conduct, a cooperative complaint resolution system, a participatory health and safety program, and a worker-to-worker education process. But Publix and Ahold are refusing to do their part, and if they have their way, the unprecedented farm labor transformation promised by the CIW’s landmark agreement with the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange would be significantly diminished.

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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of the General Assembly 100 Witherspoon St. ~ Louisville, KY ~ 40202

Commendation of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange on their Historic Fair Food Agreement

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Historic Breakthrough in Florida’s Tomato Fields

Immokalee, FL – The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange (FTGE) have reached an agreement that will extend the CIW’s Fair Food principles – including a strict code of conduct, a cooperative complaint resolution system, a participatory health and safety program, and a worker-to-worker education process – to over 90% of the Florida tomato industry.

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Lucas Benitez, CIW, Remarks at Joint CIW/FTGE Press Conference Immokalee, Florida 11/16/10

“Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us on this momentous day for our community and for the Florida tomato industry. We are here to announce a landmark agreement between our organization, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange.

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Shining a rotten apple

Two farms that used workers held against their will in the Navarrete slavery case were certified as “socially accountable” by the grower-controlled monitoring agency called “SAFE” (Socially Accountable Farm Employers)

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Collected Press from the April 15, 2008 Senate Hearing:

Senator Bernie Sanders addresses the hearing, joined by Senators Edward Kennedy (shown here on right), Richard Durbin, and Sherrod Brown (not pictured). The senators’ opening remarks set the tone for the dramatic hearing to follow…

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“Two roads diverged…”

Those are the famous first words of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken.” The poem tells of a traveler faced with a choice between two roads. After some contemplation, he ultimately chooses the “one less traveled by.” His choice, the traveler tells us, “made all the difference.”

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