Mission: The ciw is a community-based organization of mainly latino, mayan indian and haitan immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of florida. (continued on schedule o)
Programs: Community education services: held weekly and monthly meetings to discuss labor and community issues with an average attendance of 70 people, produced community theatre and art addressing community issues, conducted extensive media outreach, held meetings in labor camps, and distributed dozens of copies of labory rights booklets. Broadcast education programming on radio, psas. Hosted and attended public meetings locally, state-wide, and nationally to raise awareness of farm worker issues and campaign for living wages. Organized festivals to focus attention on farm worker issues. Conducted worker education on-site at farms with fields in dozens of counties statewide, focusing on labor rights and responsibilities under the pilot fair food program educating over 2,000 workers. Communicated provisions of code of conduct to immokalee community. Conducted education sessions nationwide with mobile slavery museum, including at the us dept of state and national mall.
labor rights action: collaborated with federal authorities on major modern-day slavery cases assisting primarily with identification, investigation and victim assistance. Worked with federal authorities and victim assistance for sexual harrassment cases. Trained law enforcement, ngos, government officials on identification of modern slavery victims and how to assist them.
leadership development: held training sessions in coordination with local groups, statewide and national educational tours covering topics inlcuding labor rights, health education, english language instruction, theatre production, radio program planning, logistics, planning techniques for community meetings and community action campaign with hundreds of members in attendance.
There does not seem to be much information available here about the Coalition. Read the very informative Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook who spent time in Florida including Immokalee, investigating the efforts of these very brave and hardworking people, some of whom are documented (by police and court records) SLAVES. This book will make you rethink your shopping list and help you understand what is wrong with our food system and the companies which control it.