The assistant external director of CHISPAS, Victor Yengle (left), stands in front of the grand opening of Publix in Ocala, Fla. to protest in support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program, which to pay farmworkers a penny more per pound of tomatoes picked and give them a better living wage.
The rally was put on by members of Gainesville’s Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice and CIW members.
Victoria Mena and Eric Castillo, supporters of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, present a poster signed by local Gainesville citizens who agree to pay one more penny per pound of tomatoes in order for Immokalee farmworkers to have better wages and conditions.
CIW members are taking a 200 mile bike ride from Immokalee to Lakeland, in order to ask the CEO of Publix Supermarkets, Ed Crenshaw, to finally meet with them and join the fair food campaign.
Publix has the power to give these farmworkers a living wage and improve their working conditions—all they have to do is join the other 90% of the tomato industry and increase the price of their vegetables by one cent!
A penny is all it takes to get the farmworkers out of poverty!
visit Ed Crenshaw of Publix in Lakeland, Fla.
Are you a “spark” in your community?
CHISPAS was founded on the basis of equality. Equality: for the student, the immigrant, the worker, the human.
We struggle alongside the many DREAMers who are still fighting to contribute to their country but are labeled “illegal” and thrown into the shadows.
We advocate against anti-immigration legislation that could negatively affect the diverse population at the University of Florida (and across the nation).
We protest for the farmworkers who pick our vegetables under the sun for 14 hours and get paid less than a penny per pound.
We help local Gainesville residents further immerse themselves in the community by hosting free English classes three nights a week.
We are a “spark” in our community! Are you?