SFM Explores Agricultural Labor Trafficking in the United States

Join with SlaveFree Madison as we explore the issue of labor trafficking in the United States. Mike Moon will share his experieces with the Coalition of Immokolee Workers (CIW) during the educational portion of the September SlaveFree Madison meeting.
 
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (SlaveFree Madison meeting will follow)
Covenant Presbyterian Church (Google Map)
326 South Segoe Road
Madison, WI 53705
 
The CIW is a community-based organization of mainly Latino, Mayan Indian and Haitian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida. The CIW strives to build strength as a community on a basis of reflection and analysis, constant attention to coalition-building across ethnic divisions, and an ongoing investment in leadership development to help its members continually develop their skills in community education and organization. From this basis the CIW fights for, among other things: a fair wage for the work done, more respect on the part of the bosses and the industries where they work, better and cheaper housing, stronger laws and stronger enforcement against those who would violate workers' rights, the right to organize on their jobs without fear of retaliation, and an end to involuntary servitude in the fields.
 
While continuing to organize for fairer wages, the CIW also turned its attention to attacking involuntary servitude in Florida. The CIW's Anti-Slavery Campaign has earned national and international recognition, based on its innovative program of worker-led investigation and human rights education, and a track record of real success.
 
Mike Moon is currently a cooperator at Just Coffee Cooperative where among other things he roasts fair trade coffee. He has more than 10 years experience in organic agriculture including 4 as operator of a 50-member CSA farm.
 
Mike first experienced the Coalition of Immokolee Workers in 2002 during their campaign against Taco Bell. Mike participated in a hunger strike at the foot of Taco Bell's headquarters in Irvine, CA. He has been involved with the CIW ever since.