Countdown to Immokalee…

Time to put my money where my mouth is – here is my long-promised blog on the preparations for Monday’s special show.

Things are shaping up quite nicely. Here’s a bit of information to whet your appetite…

We’ll be broadcasting a special live show with our partner station, WGCU from Immokalee in south west Florida.

 Do check out their season of shows on the tomato growing industry in their region.

The broadcast coincides with President Obama’s declaration that 11th January 2010 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

Human trafficking and forced labour go hand-in-hand, and it’s happening in Immokalee’s back yard.

The state’s leading human trafficking prosecutor, Attorney Douglas Molloy will be joining us. In the past he’s described Immokalee as ‘ground zero for modern slavery’. Such abuses were reported here.

We’ve already lined up a team of eager helpers from the area. One of those is Alex Pena, who has a long-term interest in the subjects we’ll be looking at and has filmed out in the fields of Immokalee. Here’s his video.

Michael Jones, one of the workers who features in his video, will be in our audience.

Pam Geiser has been doing some research for us in the town. Here are a couple of photos she’s taken.

On the right you’ll find the Guadalupe church: an important welfare provider in the town.

The second photo (below)  is of the Redlands Migrant Christian Migrant Center, where we got in touch with Leslie Moguil and Barbara Mainster. Together they’ve clocked up 57 years of experience working with the workers and their families.

They’ll be joining us on Monday along with some of the people they’ve helped and worked with over the years.

Others who will be taking part include Amy Bennett-Williams at the Fort Myers News Press.

Do check out some of her writing the industry. She also has a show on WGCU.

Hope that’s got you interested. Look out for future updates over the coming days.

6 Responses to “Countdown to Immokalee…”

  1. 1 GTR5
    January 8, 2010 at 22:56

    All illegals need to be picked up and deported. All.

  2. 2 T
    January 9, 2010 at 19:40

    Keep in mind the real unemployment rate in the States is almost 18%. On average, there are six people applying for every job.

    Yet, there are still lots of people that would never be caught doing menial jobs. Somebody has to do them. If all of the illegal immigrants were deported, the economy would collapse. Obama, Geithner and Bernanke all know that.

    Which maybe is one underlying reason why Congress just can’t get around to finally “getting tough” on illegal immigration?

  3. January 10, 2010 at 15:46

    Nice to see the humble and meek tomato being promoted.

  4. 4 dakid
    January 11, 2010 at 00:59

    Yes that is true there. Who would really in this and age got out there in the field and pick what ever that needs to be harvest?

  5. 5 MIGUEL
    January 11, 2010 at 19:32

    What has been the success rate prosecuting this crimes? and if you can elaborate on the punishment as well for this crimes.

  6. 6 Kat in Vancouver, Canada
    January 11, 2010 at 19:56

    As an American in Canada – people need to ask themselves when you buy cheap tomatoes or potatoes think about the true cost to the environment and to the agricultural worker. I also found an article on Immokalee and Whole Foods has bought tomatoes from this region. The problem is where do people buy “ethical and environmentally” grown food?

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