"In the absence of government that cares about the people at the bottom, here's a way to achieve change."—Eric Schlosser "A sweet victory for social justice. . . . A testament to the tenacity of the [Coalition of Immokalee Workers]."—Katrina vanden Heuvel Migrant farm workers in the United States are routinely forced to live and work in unsafe, often desperate, condition"In the absence of government that cares about the people at the bottom, here's a way to achieve change."—Eric Schlosser"A sweet victory for social justice. . . . A testament to the tenacity of the [Coalition of Immokalee Workers]."—Katrina vanden HeuvelMigrant farm workers in the United States are routinely forced to live and work in unsafe, often desperate, conditions. In Immokalee, Florida, the tomato capital of the world—which has earned the dubious distinction of being "ground zero for modern slavery"—farm workers organized themselves into the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and launched a nationwide boycott campaign that forced McDonalds, Burger King, and Taco Bell to recognize their demands for workers' rights.Silvia Giagnoni is a journalist based in Montgomery, Alabama....
|Title||:||Fields of Resistance: The Struggle of Florida's Farmworkers for Justice|
|Number of Pages||:||260 Pages|
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Fields of Resistance: The Struggle of Florida's Farmworkers for Justice Reviews
There are a number of powerful and insightful stories in this book about the people in Immokalee, Florida, and it provides a solid introduction to the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, which has done so much in the past years to improve working conditions for farmworkers. Still, I found the book to be largely descriptive of these people, and the everyday moments that Giagnoni experiences during her visits, when I was hoping to gain more insight into the larger struggle for justice the book also pays some attention to. For example, the narrative coincides with the CIW's campaign and boycott against Burger King, but I found the analysis of this to be a little light. And even though I can imagine it would have been very hard to gain access to the fields and certain other areas controlled by the corporations and the growers, it seemed odd to me that as a researcher or journalist (or both, it's hard to position the author in some ways, despite the ways she narrates her visits and by the end provides some context for her own identity and background) she didn't manage to find a way in to more of the inside workings of both the movement and those structures it struggles against.
If you are teaching students about the work of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers of America, this a must read to develop your own background knowledge about current issues with farm workers today.Giagnoni spent a great deal of time over the course of several months getting to know the community of Immokalee, Fl - a community of farm workers who pick millions of pounds of tomatoes and other produce for corporate farm growers. Even today, fair wages and safe working environments are an issue; many of these people live in impoverished conditions and work long hours for little pay. Giagnoni describes the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to fight for justice for these workers including boycotting businesses like Chipotle to put pressure on the corporate growers who sell to these businesses.A worthy read and one that will make you look twice at the tomatoes in your salad before eating.