Application Due Date: Monday, September 24, 2012
Project Leader: Fabienne Dorceus
The team partners with community and grass roots organizations in Immokalee, Florida around issues of farm workers' rights, fair wages and education. Students live and work with our partnering organizations and meet representatives from the farm worker community to gain a deeper understanding of the movement for just wages and humane work conditions. The group works with RCMA, Guadalupe House, Habitat for Humanity and Friendship House in various programs including a soup kitchen, an after-school program, and an early beginnings program. The team visits the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to learn about advocacy and organizing efforts for the rights of the people who harvest our food.
The team also has the opportunity to experience some of the natural beauty in the surrounding areas and in the Everglades National Park.
"GO! Florida was an amazing trip which opened my eyes to the social injustices in our country today. Our team met the migrant workers and their families who pick tomatoes in Florida for our local supermarkets and restaurants, which made me begin to think about how my daily actions affected others. It was so inspirational working with the Coalition for Immokalee Workers and seeing the progress they have made with the Fair Food Act with large supermarket chains and fast food chains nationally. The warm, welcoming community showed that change can happen through standing together against injustices." -Catherine McAloon FCLC '13