April 23, 2010

ATX rolls deep at the Farmworker Freedom March!

Last weekend, nearly two dozen Austin residents  — including members of Fair Food Austin, Proyecto Defensa Laboral, Ella Pelea, and Son Armado — made the 2,300-mile round-trip trek to  Florida and back to join the Farmworker Freedom March!

The three-day march from Tampa to Lakeland — hometown of Publix Super Markets, Inc., a major buyer of Florida tomatoes and the 9th largest privately held corporation in the US — was organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and attracted over 1,000 participants from 23 states. The weekend culminated in a rain-soaked final march on Sunday afternoon followed by a massive rally and concert. The rally also marked the last stop on a six-week tour of the Florida Modern-Day Slavery Museum.

While Austin has a long and distinguished history of participation in CIW mobilizations, the infectious energy of this remarkable gathering won't soon be forgotten by those in attendance!

Click here for photos, press, and more from the Farmworker Freedom March.

And although the march is over, the struggle continues! Stay tuned for news and announcements on next steps in the Campaign for Fair Food deep in the heart of Texas.