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Jan
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Immokalee photo introductions

We’re in South-West Florida and tomorrow (Monday) and  we’ll be broadcasting live from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Earlier today we had a chance to meet some of the people who’ll be in our audience.

Here’s Ros introducing the show…

This is Gerardo. He worked as a tomoto picker and was once enslaved. We’ll hear his personal story.

On a walk around the Coaltion’s offices, we got a sense of what the worker-town is like.

Here’s one of the many old school buses used to transport workers out to the fields every day. This one’s just come back from the fields.

There are plenty more pictures to put up, but the on-off internet connection here is not helping me put up the full set. Rest assured, I will put up more photos over the course of the programme tomorrow and during the week.

However, I could not go without posting a picture of the WHYS-mobile. It is HUGE. To get a sense of its size just look at ultra-petite Alicia standing in front of it. We’ve nick-named it ‘Infinity’. I think this is a terrible name. Got any alternative suggestions?


13 Responses to “Immokalee photo introductions”


  1. 1 scmehta
    January 11, 2010 at 08:06

    Fantastic; it’ll be a great programme. It was really nice to see happy natural environment; healthy & pretty people and fruit. Good Luck to the workers and members of the team/theme.

  2. 2 steve
    January 11, 2010 at 09:55

    Why don’t you name the SUV you’ve got there “CO2 delivery device”?

    Interesting to know it’s cold in Southern Florida. I no longer feel that bad about freezing here in DC.

  3. 3 claudine
    January 11, 2010 at 10:59

    Why FIVE times Immokalee ,Immokalee ,Immokalee ?
    nothing more important than that on WHYS???

    Come to Singapore and find up to 30 Chinese workers cramped into a 72m² two bedroom flat.

  4. 4 Roberto
    January 11, 2010 at 12:29

    RE “” Got any alternative suggestions? “”
    ———————————————————-

    ———- How’s about Guzzler, or the more familiar, Guzzy.

  5. 5 ARTHUR NJUGUNA
    January 11, 2010 at 13:24

    Hi Alicia,

    That car there ya gat there. Know what? When they ordered they must have had Mark Sandell in mind – so tall you actually need some godamn ladder to get in there. Can you really see us through the window though or can I send you about five pillows so that you can manage to see the view outside? Can he grandpa fit in the drivers seat?

    I have a name for it. We can call her or is it a he? I call her the LAZY DAYS.

    chao!

  6. 6 gary
    January 11, 2010 at 14:46

    This looks to be either a Chevy Subdivision or Ford Arena, or maybe a Toyota Totality? If you drive at night, expect folks to blip their brights at you, these things have headlights like solar flares.
    g

  7. 7 Jim
    January 11, 2010 at 14:59

    I live in Fort Myers. The other story here is the amazing growth of a farmworker organization (CIW) that has brought this injustice and worker abuse in SW Florida out of the shadows and into national and international focus using non-violent organization techniques and the empowerment of the workers themselves. CIW members, more than most of us who live in SW Florida, understand the ‘plantation’ mentality present in much of Florida agriculture and among some of the major corporations that purchase Florida fruit and vegetables (especially tomatoes) and the systemic causes of this abuse . Lucas and other CIW leaders have helped me to understand how this has made Florida agricultural workers vulnerable to slavery and other worker abuses (such as withholding paychecks).

  8. 8 T
    January 11, 2010 at 15:33

    @claudine,

    You could also mention some people in Hong Kong living in cages while much of the population lives in expensive and spacious flats. Out of sight, out of mind…

  9. 9 gary
    January 11, 2010 at 17:33

    Only blind ambition allows avoidance of the conclusion from all evidence that working people live in a continuum defined by the outcome of working condition negotiations. So, “work and you’ll get a generous salary plus benefits.” differs from “work or you’ll get killed,” only by degrees. We must likewise acknowledge that even those distance from the fields and ignorant of their hardships are enriched by, and thus responsible for, this virtual slavery. Very sadly, often those nearest the sin consider themselves adherent to an organized religion. For these folks I might suggest a quick read of Pope Leo the thirteenth’s encyclical “RERUM NOVARUM,” and of course earlier and later works addressing these same issues.
    g

  10. 10 Anthony
    January 11, 2010 at 17:44

    Call it “Behemoth”, “Twinkle toes”, “Big Foot”, “Earthquake”, or “Ros Jr.”

    Also, I’m really not sure what the story is on? Can you be a bit more specific on what the significance of these people are, or provide a link to some info?

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  11. 11 Patrick
    January 11, 2010 at 18:14

    Thanks for telling us Americans about places and situations in America we don’t know anything about, except for those who happen to live by those places.

  12. 12 TomK in Mpls
    January 11, 2010 at 18:36

    Name the SUV ‘American Status’. I’m sure the four wheel drive will come in real handy on those paved roads.

  13. 13 steve
    January 11, 2010 at 19:06

    You should also make giant slurping sound as you press the gas peddle on that SUV as you accellerate, given how much gas it is guzzling. The engine is saying “Feed me!” like Audrey II did in Little Shop of Horrors.


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