Slave Grown Tomatoes - Happy New Year From Immokalee
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a community-based worker organization, fights for the rights of Florida's low wage workers, and one of its members penned an open New Year's message to America. You can read the full letter in English or Spanish here, but check out this excerpt to get an idea of what's going on:
[Image via www.ciw-online.org]"This past December 19th, 2008, the most recent slavery case was closed in federal court, in which workers were beaten and chained inside trucks at night so that they couldn't escape. Enslaved, the food they produced was distributed by restaurants and supermarkets throughout the country. And there can be no doubt that at this very moment, in some field in this state of Florida, there are compañeros being forced to work against their will who produced the food consumed today in New Years celebrations by families across this nation."
-- Jacob Katel