Those of you who have followed the CIW's work over the years know that the issue of forced labor has been a central focus of our efforts since we began organizing in 1993. So you know that we wouldn't call for an email action campaign on slavery if we didn't truly believe your email could help.
Today, we believe it can, and here's why: In all the years we have been fighting forced labor in Florida's fields, one very important player has remained stubbornly on the sidelines. Despite seven major prosecutions in the past decade, not once has the governor of our state -- the chief executive who wields tremendous public and political influence over the state's agricultural industry -- said a single word to condemn this most egregious human rights violation. Three men have occupied the post in that time and not one has said a word.
Update 3/11: Governor Crist has agreed to meet with the CIW! Read the coverage here.