Photos and text by Henry Taksier. Video and video production by Laura Landry.
On March 5, over 1,500 farmworkers and their allies marched through the streets of Tampa during a rally organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) as part of their Do the Right Thing tour.
CIW began in 1993 as small group of farmworkers in Immokalee, Florida, looking out for each others’ interests. CIW now represents the collective voice of about 4,000 migrant workers of mostly Hispanic, Haitian, and Mayan descent, struggling for fair wages, affordable housing and stronger laws to prevent human rights violations on Florida’s fields.
Since 2005, CIW has struck deals with major corporations like Taco Bell, Burger King, McDonald’s, Aramark and Whole Foods, which have all agreed to pay one more cent per pound of tomatoes and use their market power to ensure better conditions for workers. Recently, CIW has shifted its focus to supermarkets, including Publix, which refuses to negotiate. To learn more about CIW’s struggle for farmworkers’ rights, you can read the story by Jessica Newman.
In celebration of Farmworker Awareness Week (March 27 – April 2), we’re providing you with some photos and video footage from the rally in Tampa, which includes interviews with farmworkers, activists, and a response from one of Publix’s representatives.