1. Lupe Gonzalo: Episode 96 of The Perennial Plate


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    We made this short film in Immokalee Florida (where 1/3 of the tomatoes in our grocery stores are grown). We spent a day with Lupe Gonzalo, a tomato picker and organizer for CIW (Coalition of Immokalee Workers). The Coalition is fighting to change the way our country's tomato laborers are treated, as well as raise their wages by implementing a 1 penny per pound increase of picked tomatoes. Many companies (McDonalds) are working with CIW, but some are holding out (Publix, Chipotle). Please watch and share this short film about Lupe's life. Most likely, there is a wonderful person just like her picking the tomatos you buy at the grocery store. www.theperennialplate.com

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    • A Tale of Two Holidays


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      As the holiday season approaches, we pause to spend time with friends and family, give thanks, and reflect on the importance of community. We know that Publix takes pride in giving back to communities across Florida, especially in donating food during the holiday season. It is true that food insecurity -- as Publix defines, “a condition that arises from a lack of enough income and other resources for food” – is a persistent, sobering reality in our communities. We recognize, as signs hanging in your stores this year state, that local families are going hungry. Indeed, many of these families will enjoy a hearty holiday meal because of Publix Super Markets Charities and Publix customers’ donations. Paradoxically, many of these Florida families who cannot afford to purchase their own dinners are the very people who harvest the bounty that we celebrate this holiday season. Some of these families work hard picking tomatoes, laboring 10+ hour days, six days a week to put food on their – and our – tables. Despite this strenuous work, farmworkers’ pay is often so low that they do not have the resources to adequately provide for their own families. Farmworkers deserve fair pay and dignified working conditions for that hard work. Thankfully, tremendous progress has been made towards these aims through the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program, a historic partnership between farmworkers, 90 per cent of tomato growers in Florida, and 11 major food retailers including McDonald’s, Whole Foods, and most recently Chipotle Mexican Grill. Under the program, major retailers pay a small premium on their tomato purchases, to be passed through to farmworkers by the growers for whom they work, and target their purchases to growers who meet higher human rights standards. Since 2011, the Fair Food Program has distributed over $7 million to workers through the penny-per-pound premium. This money gives farmworkers resources to be able to provide for their families all year round. As we gather this winter, we will give thanks for the Fair Food Program and the transformation it has brought to Florida's tomato fields that is dramatically improving farmworkers’ quality of life. We ask you, Publix Super Markets, to deepen your commitment to giving back to the community by joining the Fair Food Program – a real, sustainable solution to food insecurity and poverty in our shared communities. Publix’s participation in the Fair Food Program would dramatically expand its impact. Today, we ask Publix to take the opportunity to be part of a proven model to address the root cause of farmworker poverty across Florida, and demonstrate that it values the hard work of farmworkers who make possible the food we share this holiday.

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      • Fast for Fair Food: The Ones We've Been Waiting For 3-10-2012


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        Workers, allies break six-day fast with a little help from nearly 1,000 friends! The six-day Fast for Fair Food ended yesterday outside Publix headquarters in Lakeland, Florida, with a tremendous outpouring of support for the workers and their allies who braved hunger, a scorching sun, rain, and the mute disdain of Florida's largest corporation so that their brothers and sisters in the fields could work and live with a modicum of dignity. From beginning to end, it was a beautiful day.

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        • Of Etrogs and Tomatoes: A Sukkot Story


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          Trader Joe's refuses to sign the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' (ciw-online.org) fair foods agreement. This agreement would improve the working conditions of the pickers, who face pesticide exposure, low pay, inability to take breaks in the heat, and in some cases, outright enslavement. TJ's response is that they already comply with the spirit of this agreement, but they refuse to make public their suppliers, the wages or conditions of those suppliers, or other necessary information. No third party has been allowed to verify their claims. Please visit ciw-online.org for more information.

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          • Now this is the story...


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            Irene spits a revamped version of the classic theme song to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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            • Movement Poetry


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              Eric recites a poem inspired by the farmworker struggle of Immokalee FL.

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              • Poetry From the Struggle


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                Fair food advocate delivers heartfelt poem.

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                • Farmworker Community Video: March for Rights, Respect and Fair Food


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                  In preparation for the March for Rights, Respect and Fair Food (March 3 - 17, 2013), the CIW prepared this brief but lively video detailing the roots of the march as well as a brief history of the Campaign in this short multimedia piece. Used in the CIW's weekly meetings leading up to the march, the video is used to inspire "animo" in the community. Animo, while having no ideal translation in English, essentially captures the idea of commitment and spirit, both of which are at the heart of the CIW's community organizing in the farmworker community of Immokalee -- from the glimmers of the Coalition in 1996 to the 200-mile march of 2013.

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                  • Florida Farmworkers


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                    The Coalition of Immokalee Workers made it to the North East. Protesters and their supporters gathered outside the Stop & Shop headquarters at Quincy, MA.

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                    • El Pueblo Está Presente


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                      February 27th, 2011 Boston, Massachusetts. March on Stop and Shop - Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). Video by: Will Delphia (willdelphia@gmail.com) Note: this is a rush-edit to get the images out there. If anyone from CIW wants footage from speakers - or access to the full tapes, please contact me! Thanks, Will

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