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Pastures of Plenty - The Farm Workers Struggle continues Thanksgiving 2013 listen

11/27/13 Warren Elly with Javier Izaguirre and John Ovink
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Woody Guthrie, John Ovink, Javier Izaguirre, farm workers, CIW, Publix, Edward R. Murrow, Harvest of Shame

Today on Thanksgiving Eve; Last Call explores the Farm Workers who harvest the plenty we will feast upon tomorrow.

The faces of the migrant pickers have changed from poor whites and blacks to Hispanics, most from Mexico, but farm workers are still on the lowest of rungs, many living in fear of deportation and separation from their families, in this, the richest country in the world.

Warren Elly welcomes guest Javier Izaguirre from Ruskin

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Two-hundred mile march for farmworkers' rights doesn't hurdle Publix roadblock listen

03/18/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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About 1500 farmworkers and their allies completed their 200 mile, two week March for Respect, Rights and Fair food yesterday in Lakeland. They gathered at the headquarters of Publix in hope that the supermarket giant would honor what they’re calling a Fair Food Program.

More than a decade ago south Florida tomato harvesters began a campaign for fair working conditions. Before the Coalition of Immokalee Workers organized, wages had not gone up in more than 20 years and workers are still pa...

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Farmworkers march to Tampa to challenge Publix to honor the Fair Food Program listen

03/13/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Wednesday the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their allies pass through Tampa on their 200 mile march from Ft Myers to the headquarters of Publix in Lakeland; the marchers are calling on Publix to honor the social responsibility agreement for farm labor reform known as the Fair Food Program.

Right after sunrise, about seventy marchers gather in Riverview´s Mosaic Park to start walking. Oscar Otzoy is with the farmworkers’ coalition.

In its official statement about the Coalition of I...

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Farmworkers Plan Major March to Publix; and Peter Breggin MD on the Danger of Psychiatric Drugs

02/28/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll speak with a leading expert on mental illness and psychiatric drugs…

And we’ll talk with an organizer of a 200 mile march from Fort Myers to the Publix Headquarters in Lakeland to demand better wages for farmworkers….

But first just a note about our fund drive- we ended our seven day Winter fund drive yesterday and came up about $18,000 short. Since then listeners who missed the seven day drive have been...

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Ethel and Kerry Kennedy join protest at Publix headquarters in Lakeland where farmworkers break 6 day fast listen

03/12/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday after 6 days without food, more than 60 farmworkers and supporters ended their fast for fair food outside the Publix Supermarket corporate Headquarters in Lakeland. Nearly 1,000 people marched to the fast breaking ceremony organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Publix supermarkets is the largest and fastest growing employee owned supermarket chain in the United States. They are also one of the longest hold outs from signing on to a Fair Food Agreement with Florida tom...

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Florida farmworkers and supporters refuse food for six days in hopes of better wages listen

03/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today farm workers and their supporters are in the second day of a six-day hunger strike in front of Publix corporate headquarters in Lakeland. About 60 members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and some of their allies are fasting to protest Publix’s refusal to participate in a program that would provide better working conditions and higher wages for workers who pick tomatoes. Previous protests have led ten companies to participate in the Fair Food program. Gerardo Reyes who works in ...

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Immokalee tomato harvesters win agreement with Trader Joe's listen

02/10/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, the nationwide specialty grocery store chain, Trader Joe’s, signed a landmark agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. It guarantees the company will pay one penny more per pound of tomatoes picked by immigrant farm workers in South Florida. The agreement came a day before planned protests of the grand opening of the first Trader Joe’s in the state.

Protests were planned in over 40 cities nationwide this weekend against Trader Joe’s for failing to sign on to the Coali...

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Community organizers campaign against modern-day slavery and for fair food at Publix stores in Pinellas listen

07/29/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Anti-slavery protesters and activists for fair-food took their demands to three Publix grocery stores in St. Petersburg Sunday.

For nearly a decade social justice activists have struggled to get fair wages for Florida’s tomato harvesters. They’ve tried protesting, marching and chanting in front of Publix grocery stores to get the grocery giant to pay their suppliers a penny more per pound for tomatoes. But this weekend the activists decided to use a more personal approach – to talk to man...

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Tomato harvesters, others prepare for Tampa Publix protest listen

03/04/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A group of Florida tomato harvesters has lobbied the likes of McDonalds, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods in pursuit of better wages and living conditions. Now the Coalition of Immokalee workers is entrenched in a fight to get Publix Supermarkets to follow suit. They’re demonstrating near four Tampa Bay area stores, and have a massive march planned for Saturday.

Members of the coalition and numerous groups standing in solidarity gathered outside a Publix near the southern tip of St. Pete. They s...

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Farmworkers continue Publix protests in St. Petersburg listen

02/14/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Farm workers remain in a stand-off with Publix regarding a penny per pound increase in the cost of tomatoes. Publix refuses to compromise, but protesters are not backing down anytime soon.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their supporters protested in front of two St. Petersburg Publix Supermarkets Saturday. The group brandished signs reading “Publix Profits from Poverty” and others with similar messages. They wore mocking green shirts that said “Poverty” instead of “Publix” and t...

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