Author: Coalition of Immokalee Workers

“I would like to thank FFSC for defending our rights in the field…”

“I would like to thank FFSC for defending our rights in the field…”

Dear friends, All workers deserve a voice, and real power to protect their interests, in the workplace.  But the importance of worker voice is heightened during a pandemic, especially for essential workers like farmworkers, who have no choice but to continue working while the rest of us shelter safely at home.  The risks farmworkers have taken – here in Immokalee >> Read More
Sustain Fair Food: We need your help to sustain our call for urgently-needed protections for farmworkers…

Sustain Fair Food: We need your help to sustain our call for urgently-needed protections for farmworkers…

Dear friends, Over the past three months, the CIW, working hand in hand with the Alliance for Fair Food, has shaped the national conversation on the critical role of farmworkers as vulnerable essential workers.  Through national outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and the Associated Press, the voice of Immokalee’s farmworker community has rung out from >> Read More
Help farmworkers sound the alarm about the coronavirus!

Help farmworkers sound the alarm about the coronavirus!

Dear friend, When the coronavirus pandemic first began to take root across the country, we knew we needed to act fast. The highly-contagious virus posed a grave threat to farmworker communities like Immokalee, where tens of thousands of essential workers, often living in cramped conditions and traveling to and from work in overcrowded vehicles, had no choice but to continue >> Read More
Collier County Health Department announces new plans for ongoing, free, community-wide COVID-19 testing in Immokalee starting this weekend!

Collier County Health Department announces new plans for ongoing, free, community-wide COVID-19 testing in Immokalee starting this weekend!

NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida In response to dangerous spike of COVID-19 cases in Immokalee, Collier County Department of Health announces plans to partner with Doctors Without Borders and local clinic to provide urgently-needed testing!...  Dr. Seth Holmes on NBC2: "Florida is one of the main agricultural producers for the whole country, so if >> Read More
“The eyes of Florida are on [Gov.] DeSantis to protect the health and safety of the state’s farmworker communities…”

“The eyes of Florida are on [Gov.] DeSantis to protect the health and safety of the state’s farmworker communities…”

[caption id="attachment_31936" align="aligncenter" width="800"] An Immokalee resident gets tested for the novel coronavirus last week. Photo Naples Daily News.[/caption] One week ago, we posted our last update from the battle to blunt the impact of the novel coronavirus here in Immokalee with the title "COVID-19 testing is underway in Immokalee!"  Finally – after more than a month of delay, nearly >> Read More
CNN, CBS Evening News: Immokalee’s call for urgent farmworker protections receives national attention…

CNN, CBS Evening News: Immokalee’s call for urgent farmworker protections receives national attention…

Advocates warn that many farmworkers are living and working in conditions that put their health at risk. And if coronavirus outbreaks hammer farmworker communities, they say it could put the nation's food supply at risk, too. https://t.co/8BYl5ZCHVe pic.twitter.com/VfdDMOLB2G — Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 18, 2020 CNN Prime Time with Chris Cuomo: "If [farmworkers] get sick, and they can't do >> Read More
ACTION ALERT! Call FL Governor Ron DeSantis now

ACTION ALERT! Call FL Governor Ron DeSantis now

APRIL 15: NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY TO GOV. RON DESANTIS As one of the country’s most vulnerable populations, our community of 25,000 farmworkers is in grave danger from the rapid spread of coronavirus. Most workers live in overcrowded housing units, are transported to and from the fields in packed vans and buses, and lack access to personal protective gear.  If nothing is >> Read More
Part One: Coronavirus media round-up…

Part One: Coronavirus media round-up…

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="717"] Norma Caldon, left, and Inocente Ordoñez, right, wash their hands before getting on a bus to work in Immokalee on Friday, April 3, 2020. The hand washing station, supplied by Lipman Family Farms, is one of many that have been placed throughout the community. (Photo: Alex Driehaus/Naples Daily News/USA TODAY - FLORIDA NETWORK)[/caption] National and Florida-based >> Read More