GET ON THE BUS
FOR FARMWORKER JUSTICE!
BUS LEAVES PORTLAND, MAINE FEBRUARY 27, 2011 10AM RETURNING TO PORTLAND 8PM
Join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in the largest display of support in the Northeast in their 18 year history when they march on Stop & Shop in Boston to demand fairness and justice for farmworkers!
BUS TICKETS ARE $30. Food for Maine’s Future is trying to raise money for scholarships to support farmworker and farmer participation in the event. You can help by DONATING A SEAT!
WHY WE MARCH
At a glance: Florida farmworkers have long faced brutal conditions in the fields, including sub-poverty wages, widespread labor rights violations, and even modern-day slavery. Today, however, 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. Farmworkers’ hopes for an end to the decades-long “Harvest of Shame” would be dashed. On Sunday, February 27 the CIW and their supporters will march to Stop & Shop (owned by parent company Ahold) in Boston and deliver our Fair Food message in person.
Join Food for Maine’s Future at additional events in Portland the night before the march
Saturday, February 26
Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program
Meg Perry Center, 664 Congress St., Portland 3-5pm
Harvest of Loneliness is the historical account of the millions of Mexican men and women who experienced the temporary contract worker program known as the Bracero Program established in the U.S. during the 1940’s. The program effectively replaced an alleged wartime labor shortage with cheap, largely captive labor. It’s effects are still being felt throughout the hidden world of farmworker labor in the U.S. today.
Followed by a reception at Local Sprouts Cooperative
649 Congress St., Portland, 5pm – 7pm.
Information will be available about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the next day’s events in Boston, and updates on our own Fair Food campaigns in Maine.
For more information contact Bob St.Peter at 207-244-0908 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food for Maine’s Future is a proud member of the National Family Farm Coalition.