Tag: Florida Tomato Growers Exchange

Part One: “The New Day is not something that’s going to happen, the New Day is happening right now”…

[hupso_hide][hupso title="Extreme Makeover of the Florida tomato industry, Part One..." url="http://ciw-online.org/?p=19054"]   Since 2010, a metamorphosis has been underway in the Florida tomato industry, while in Mexico the industry's counterpart has only sunk deeper into a morass of violence, corruption, poverty, and exploitation... The quotation at the top of this post came from the Rev. Roy Terry of the United >> Read More
Why We March: Do the Right Thing Tour

Why We March: Do the Right Thing Tour

Fair Food activists picket a Washington, DC, area Giant supermarket during last November's Supermarket Week of Action. Giant is one of Ahold's two major US brands. Ahold also owns Stop & Shop. 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 >> Read More
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of the General Assembly 100 Witherspoon St. ~ Louisville, KY ~ 40202

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of the General Assembly 100 Witherspoon St. ~ Louisville, KY ~ 40202

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of the General Assembly 100 Witherspoon St. ~ Louisville, KY ~ 40202 November 17, 2010 Commendation of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange on their Historic Fair Food Agreement On behalf of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) we commend the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Florida Tomato >> Read More
Historic Breakthrough in Florida’s Tomato Fields

Historic Breakthrough in Florida’s Tomato Fields

CONTACT: Florida Tomato Growers Exchange (FTGE) Reggie Brown, 407-660-1949, reggie@floridatomatoes.org Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) Lucas Benitez, 239-657-8311, lucas@ciw-online.org Greg Asbed, 239-986-2364, greg@ciw-online.org HISTORIC BREAKTHROUGH IN FLORIDA'S TOMATO FIELDS Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Florida Tomato Growers Exchange announce landmark agreement to extend Fair Food principles to over 90% of Florida tomato industry Immokalee, FL – The Coalition of Immokalee >> Read More
Lucas Benitez, CIW, Remarks at Joint CIW/FTGE Press Conference Immokalee, Florida 11/16/10

Lucas Benitez, CIW, Remarks at Joint CIW/FTGE Press Conference Immokalee, Florida 11/16/10

"Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us on this momentous day for our community and for the Florida tomato industry. We are here to announce a landmark agreement between our organization, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange. The timing of today's announcement couldn't be more appropriate. Not only is Thanksgiving, our annual celebration >> Read More
Shining a rotten apple

Shining a rotten apple

Shining a rotten apple Two farms that used workers held against their will in the Navarrete slavery case were certified as “socially accountable” by the grower-controlled monitoring agency called "SAFE" (Socially Accountable Farm Employers) When news of Florida's latest slavery prosecution hit the headlines last December, one crucial bit of information went largely overlooked.   The paragraph below, tucked into >> Read More

Collected Press from the April 15, 2008 Senate Hearing:

Senator Bernie Sanders addresses the hearing, joined by Senators Edward Kennedy (shown here on right), Richard Durbin, and Sherrod Brown (not pictured). The senators' opening remarks set the tone for the dramatic hearing to follow... "Ending Slavery for Pennies," The Nation, 4/16/08 "Senators look into treatment, wages of Fla. tomato pickers: US senators hold hearing on Fla. tomato growers' opposition >> Read More
“Two roads diverged…”

“Two roads diverged…”

“Two roads diverged…” Those are the famous first words of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken.”  The poem tells of a traveler faced with a choice between two roads. After some contemplation, he ultimately chooses the “one less traveled by.”  His choice, the traveler tells us, “made all the difference.” Last week, the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange (FTGE), the >> Read More