Coalition of Immokalee Workers at the Civic Media Center

Oscar Otzoy talked at the Civic Media Center on Monday about working conditions in Florida’s fields and about how the Coalition of Immokalee Workers started as an organization.

You can listen to his talk along with translation.

At the Florida Farmworker Alliance

Florida Farmworker Alliance.
Juliana Jimenez.

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.

Symptoms include:

  • Breathing problems
  • Throat irritation
  • Skin irritation
  • Blisters, pustules
  • Headache
  • Stomach-ache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Tremors
  • Muscle weakness
  • Blurry vision
  • Eye irritation
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fever