IBES/ENVS Seminar - The Coalition of Immokalee Workers

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Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Building for Environmental Research & Teaching (BERT), Room 015

Guest Speaker - Lupe Gonzalo
Thursday, October 20, 12:00-12:50 PM
015 Classroom, 85 Waterman Street

“No Sustainability Without Human Rights: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Struggle for Justice in the Fields”

A movement towards sustainable food and agriculture has spread throughout the US and now permeates national consciousness. Yet too many discussions about sustainability render invisible the three million farmworkers at the base of our food system. These are among the poorest, least protected workers in the US, working on both conventional and organic farms in dangerous conditions that lead to poverty and abuse. Join us to hear directly from a member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, an organization of farmworkers that is leading an innovative and broadly-supported effort to improve workers’ wages and working conditions.

Lupe Gonzalo is one of the farmworker leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). She’s been “a powerful voice for dignified wages and working conditions in the fields of Florida”. Originally from Guatemala, Lupe spent over a decade in Immokalee, Fla. harvesting vegetables, often under some of the harshest conditions.

Lunch will be served