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    From: Roger Drew To: WesPac Group Sent: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 6:58 PM Subject:
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      From: Roger Drew <roger.n.drew1@...>
      To: WesPac Group <WESPAC-Foundation@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 6:58 PM
      Subject: [WESPAC-Foundation] Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will be coming to White Plains from Florida! [1 Attachment]

      Hi all,
      The CIW, a farm workers organization, will be traveling all the way from Florida and will be in White Plains this weekend!   WESPAC and other local organizations will be supporting the CIW in their campaign for human rights for farm workers.  Please see below for details of the two event this Saturday and Sunday.  Also see more background below about the CIW.
      It would be great if you could send an RSVP if you plan on coming, so we have an idea how many sign to bring. Thanks.
      Sincerely yours,
      Roger Drew
      WESPAC Advisory Board Member
      Facebook: Roger Drew
      “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
      –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
      FOOD Is Necessary! So Are Human Rights!
      Join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in calling on Trader Joe's to ensure fair wages and human rights for the farmworkers who pick its tomatoes...
      Educational Forum, Saturday, August 6th
      White Plains Presbyterian Church
      39 N. Broadway
      White Plains, NY 10603

      Trader Joe's Action, Sunday, August 7th
      Trader Joe's 
      215 N. Central Ave. 
      Hartsdale, NY 10530
      (Sidewalk along N. Central Ave.)

      Contact: The Rev. Noelle Damico, PC(USA) Campaign for Fair Food, noelle.damico@... or 631-371-9877


      From November through May, 90% of the tomatoes produced in the U.S. come from Florida, where farmworkers have long faced sweatshop conditions, including:

      * Stagnant, sub-poverty wages
      * No right to overtime pay
      * No benefits whatsoever
      * Sexual harassment
      * In extreme cases, modern-day slavery

      Nine corporate food leaders -- including Whole Foods, McDonald's and Burger King -- have signed on to participate in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Fair Food Program, an innovative, worker-led solution to the human rights crisis in the fields. (The program includes a penny-per-pound premium for fairer wages and a strict code of conduct for better working conditions.)

      However, Trader Joe's (despite $8 billion in sales last year and being owned by a multi-billionaire German family) has refused to sign this enforceable, verifiable agreement with the CIW to improve the lives of farmworkers in its supply chain.

      Until Trader Joe's uses its power to help end farmworker exploitation, it can expect growing discontent from consumers across the country!

      The CIW, a community-based farmworker organization headquartered in Immokalee, FL, with over 4,000 members, seeks modern working conditions for farmworkers and promotes their fair treatment in accordance with national and international labor standards. Among its accomplishments, the CIW has aided in the prosecution by the Department of Justice of six slavery operations and the liberation of well over 1,000 workers. 

      In addition, the CIW uses creative methods to educate consumers about human rights abuses in the U.S. agricultural industry, the need for corporate social responsibility, and how consumers can help workers realize their social change goals. Their Campaign for Fair food has won unprecedented support for fundamental farm labor reforms from retail food industry leaders, with the goal of enlisting the market power of those companies to demand more humane labor standards from their Florida tomato suppliers.

      Additional reading:

      * The True Cost of Tomatoes by Mark Bittman (New York Times, 6/14/11http://opinionator.blogs.n​ytimes.com/2011/06/14/the-​true-cost-of-tomatoes/#%0A

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