Farmworkers March For Justice

04/15/10 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Robert Lorei. A caravan of farm workers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) – and hundreds of consumers from across the country will march for three days from Tampa to Lakeland on April 16-18 to demand that Publix join a growing partnership among farm workers, Florida tomato growers, and retail food giants aimed at ending decades of farm labor abuse in Florida. The march will culminate on Sunday afternoon, April 18, with a public concert and rally at Munn Park in Lakeland, near the corporate headquarters of Publix Supermarkets, Inc. I'm joined now by an organizer of the march- Marc Rodriguez is with the Student-Farmworker Alliance.


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Though I admire the efforts of yesterday's guest, I have to ask, can significant change happen without changing the attitudes of ordinary consumers? We do not pay the true cost of food. If our society continues to demand $1.99/lb for Wal-mart chicken or $2.99/quart for strawberries we will continue to have unfair and illegal farm work structures.