March 15, 2010

Tuesday 3/30: Tamale Dinner Fundraiser + Farmworker Freedom March Preview!

Please join Fair Food Austin for a delicious tamale dinner fundraiser -- including a report from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' "Modern-Day Slavery Museum" tour and a preview of the upcoming Farmworker Freedom March from Tampa to Lakeland, Florida!

When: Tuesday, March 30, 7pm 
Where: MonkeyWrench Books (110 E. North Loop, 78751)

Background: Throughout the month of March, members of the CIW and allies are touring Florida with a "Mobile Modern-day Slavery Museum." The museum is a mobile educational vehicle in the form of a box-truck outfitted as a replica of the trucks involved in the latest slavery prosecution. Its central focus is on the phenomenon of modern-day slavery – its roots, the reasons it persists, and its solutions. The exhibits of the museum were developed in consultation with workers who have escaped from forced labor operations as well as leading academic authorities on slavery and labor history in Florida.

Our multimedia presentation will focus on the contents of the museum, and include an update on the Campaign for Fair Food, which is heating up as we move towards the final month before the biggest action this campaign has seen in years! We will finish the presentation with a discussion about the upcoming mobilization in Florida and the caravan from Austin.

From April 16-18th, farmworkers from Immokalee and their allies will take the movement to eradicate slavery to the streets on a three-day march from Tampa to Lakeland, Florida, home of Publix's corporate headquarters. We will march with the museum in tow and behind a banner calling on Publix to support three fundamental "Farmworker Freedoms":
  • Freedom from forced labor
  • Freedom from abuse
  • Freedom from poverty and degradation
If you would like to find out more information about the caravan to the Farmworker Freedom March,  email