Marcos, pictured above, works at the Florida Farmworker Alliance. He works hard and works overtime and will never get paid enough. People seek him out for advice and confide in him like family.
The Alliance helps the area’s farmworkers and provides information about their rights. When I went in, there were a couple of people in the waiting room, where there are hundreds of flyers and safety brochures. Some talk about how to ask your boss for your fair pay, what to do when you don’t get paid, or how not to get blackmailed because you’re working illegally.
Others talk about pesticide poisoning. They offer tips and safety procedures, among other general, slightly disturbing prevention information so that people know about diseases they are very likely to get.
- Breathing problems
- Throat irritation
- Skin irritation
- Blisters, pustules
- Muscle weakness
- Blurry vision
- Eye irritation
- Excessive sweating
- Farmworkers Fast Outside Publix HQ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Trader Joe’s Finally Agrees to Stand with Immokalee Farmworkers (alternet.org)
- 4 farmworkers killed in Honduras land conflict (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
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Will Allen’s hands are definitely dirty motsly with worm castings, compost, and about any damn kind of edible vegetable or fungus you could grow in an urban greenhouse. I work with a lot of Mexican and Ecuadoran immigrant workers their sympathies with fellow immigrant laborers and especially campesinos and campesinas run deep but if you were to show them what Will Allen does in a year, and what you do in a year and tell them you think he has sold out and is negated by getting a Million USD to use to continue Growing Power well I think they would be polite to you, but avoid you. What are you doing to bring African American youth into the organic foods movement? Not making this personal as much as seriously asking what part of the amazingly crucial work they at Growing Power are DOING do you not get? Taking a donation from a big bad Megalithic boxstore is an incidental and not for putting up anybody’s nose, or a lavish party it’s going to fund more teaching, and more freakin’ hoophouses!Will is just one of a Gazillion folks up here in the Great Lakes area doing amazing and bravely noble things I have worked with him and laughhed with him, and he has been gifted with a lot of charisma and all but he is sacrificing a lot in giving himself as wholly to the Peoples needs as he does and along with collaborations he has helped build here in Minneapolis; his contribution is showing and Growing and helping make things better here in Minneapolis. People here have gotten inspired by Will and his Team’s work and built coalitions bridging Native, White Academic, Black Church, EuroAmericanHippieVeggieWOOFers, Kenyan Tribal and other cultures. They are building wormbeds, and hoophouses, and growing food and raising worms and even though he is certainly old enough to have retired many years ago he keeps bringing his messy,beautiful promethian flame of green Hope. I suggest some ongoing respect for that, even if you have criticism of a choice in receiving funding make sure you are helping move the good work forward,Not just slamming someone who is doing a lot more of it.