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Cross-Cultural Mission Experience to Immokalee, Florida

$1,120
112%
Raised toward our $1,000 Goal
30 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on February 18, at 11:59 PM EST
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Cross-Cultural Mission Experience to Immokalee, Florida

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) (http://ciw-online.org/campaign-for-fair-food/) was founded in 1993 in the hopes of bettering the wages and working conditions of the migrant farm workers.  This organization started with a series of strikes as the workers demanded a voice and higher wages in the workforce.

Immokalee is located in rural Florida where one third of families live below the poverty line. The farm workers face long, harsh, work days for which they are not fairly compensated. For picking a 32 lb. bucket of tomatoes workers only recieve .50 cents.  This has not changed for 60 years. The big company buyers of these crops have a lot to do with the wages. They are buying these crops in bulk for a very low cost, which in turn affects the worker’s low wages.  A coalition of farm worker advocates filed a complaint with the UN alleging migrant workers have been denied access to legal aid, health care, and other basic needs and they continue to work for the rights of these workers to this day.

As students of the Spiritan Campus Ministry Cross-Cultural Mission Experience at Duquesne University, our main goal is to learn about the struggles of the migrant farm workers and work to advocate with the CIW.  We will be traveling to Immokalee, Florida in March of 2015.  We will be working in various social service agencies to advocate for and promote the Fair Food Movement.  The Fair Food Movement ensures safe working conditions and fair wages for the workers.  Below is a link to the Fair Food Movement: http://ciw-online.org/campaign-for-fair-food/

Your donation will help us continue a 27 year old relationship with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Spiritan Campus Ministry has been working with the CIW and offering whatever resources (time, talent, and treasure) we have that will be beneficial to the Fair Food Movement. In donating to our experience this year, you will become a part of our work in this historical movement!

 

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$10

Educate

A $10 donation will pay for educational materials for farmworkers on their rights in the fields and where to go for help and when reporting abuse.

$25

Sponsor

A $25 donation will sponor an ally for Encuentro, a conference of regional allies that come together to organize the future of the campaign for fair food.

$50

Travel

A $50 donation contributes to the purchase of a van for CIW to travel across the region for "Truth Tour" and conferences.

$100

Hire

A $100 donation will help hire new farmworker educators. These educators will provide training sessions on Farmworker’s rights and new standards for working conditions. This is how the CIW ensures on-the-job training of rights for farmworkers in the fields.

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