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Subject: Fwd: IAIJ announces CIW Week of Action in Gainesville
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Subject: IAIJ announces CIW Week of Action in Gainesville
Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2012 12:29:08 -0700
From: Sheila Payne <sheilapayne56@...
Dear Friends and Press Contacts,
Above attachments are posters and a press release heralding the
CIW (Coalition of Immokalee Workers ) Week in Gainesville. Please send
out to your list-serves, and help us to garner the publicity we need to
educate the Alachua community about farm worker issues.
IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE "MODERN DAY SLAVERY MUSEUM" TRAVELING EXHIBIT,
NOW WOULD BE THE TIME. THE CIW FARMWORKERS ARE AVAILABLE FOR
Thanks for any help you can give us.
Peace, Sheila Payne, Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice
Please excuse cross listings.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 27, 2012
Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice Hosts CIW Week
Please join Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice
(IAIJ) Sept. 11th through Sept. 15th, in Gainesville for The CIW Week
of Action (Coalition of Immokalee Workers). IAIJ is composed of local
faith communities and scores of individuals who organize around issues
of farmworker justice, immigration reform and issues of Fair Food and
The CIW is a labor organization which fights for fair wages and
working conditions for Florida farm workers. The CIW has successfully
signed with 95% of Florida tomato growers to join the Fair Food
agreement, which guarantees farmworkers being paid a penny/pound more
for the tomatoes they pick. This effectively doubles their wages. The
Fair Food Agreement also mandates important changes in working
conditions which include a strict code of conduct, a cooperative
complaint resolution process, guaranteed water and toilet breaks, and
freedom from sexual harassment. This legally binding agreement also
assures consumers that they can buy food produced with integrity, which
has been harvested by workers treated with dignity.
CURRENT LIST OF EVENTS
Tues., Sept. 11, 7PM: Farmworker Poverty: An Interactive Play performed
by CHispas; Rm. 355, Reitz Union
Wed., Sept. 12, 7 PM: âMeet the CIW Farmworkersâ Community
and Program by CIW; Commissioner Randy Wells and Mayor Craig Lowe
reading proclamation. Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 1236 NW 18th Ave.
Thur., Sept. 13, 9am- 5pm: Slavery Museum at Plaza of Americas, UF.
Talk and Multi-media presentation by CIW farmworkers at 1pm, Room 1A,
Fri. Sept. 14, 5pm: Protest Action at Westgate Publix, corner of
Ave. and 34th St.
Sat. Sept. 15, 10am-4pm: Fair Food Fair Trade FAIR Workshops and
Tabling; Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 1236 NW 18th Ave. Gardening
workshops and Exhibits at Highlands Presbyterian Church, 1001 NE 16th
Sat. Sept. 15, noon-9pm: Informational tabling at Downtown Latino Fair
at Bo Diddley Plaza.
For more Information:
Contacts: Sheila Payne, (352)373-3435, sheilapayne56@...
Richard MacMaster(352) 377-6577, rmacmast@...
Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice 1236 NW 18th Ave.
Gainesville, Fl. 32604
Co-sponsors include: University of Florida Institute of
Cultures âLa Casitaâ, Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Samuel Proctor
History Program, George A. Smathers Library, P.K Yonge Library of
Florida History, Center for Latin American Studies, CHISPAS, Rural
Womenâs Health Project