Day One: 250 farmworkers, allies march on Publix in downtown Ft. Myers as March for Rights, Respect, and Fair Food begins!
Carrying an 8-ft tall statue of a farmworker representing the "New Day" of respect for human rights in Florida's tomato fields (photo on right by David Albers of the Naples Daily News), farmworkers from Immokalee and their Fair Food allies took to the streets today in Ft. Myers, Florida, at the start of the 200-mile, two-week long "March for Rights, Respect, and Fair Food."
Their day began with a mass at Jesus el Obrero Catholic church in east Ft. Myers, continued with a massive protest in downtown Ft. Myers, and ended following a spectacular walk across the Caloosahatchee River to North Ft. Myers, as the marchers began to work their way up Florida's gulf coast along Highway 41. Check out highlights from today's launch, including:
- a comprehensive photo report,
- a great, 20-second video of action at Publix picket and of marchers making their way up the bridge across the Caloosahatchee (and check back soon for a longer video of all the action from Day One),
- links from all the press coverage of Day One.