The season of Advent draws us into a time of anticipation and preparation with all who long for release from oppression. This Advent, the unwavering allies of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) are preparing to grow the light of farmworker justice.
This is one of the busiest months of harvest in the tomato fields of Immokalee, where 90 percent of winter time tomatoes consumed in the U.S. are grown. Farmworkers, employed by growers participating in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program , can count on this: guaranteed bathroom and water breaks, time clocks, no theft of wages, and a grievance process to report sexual abuse and any violations of the worker-designed standards without retribution. For those who work in fields that do not participate in the Fair Food Program, none of these protections are guaranteed.
But the light is growing!
Every day the number of people demanding fair food grows, led by the voices of farmworkers. Through the Fair Food Program, together with student and faith allies, the flame of justice for farmworkers in the tomato fields of Immokalee are being kindled, including farms across seven states.
Your light – energy, joy, and commitment – is also needed.
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With calls to action in solidarity with farmworkers, you can share this series with your congregation or community of faith, and prayerfully take action to prepare the way for the new reign of justice born this Christmas season.