NESRI partner the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and their Northeast allies are planning two major actions for the month of February. First, in New York City, the weekend of February 4th – 6th, the month kicks off with a series of events hosted by the Northeast Encuentro (or gathering) of allies of the CIW. This is an opporunity to learn more about the CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food, celebrate their victories, and strategize for the upcoming national action in Boston on Sunday, February 27th. The NYC Encuentro begins at the victory party Friday, Feb. 4th in Brooklyn, which is open to all and features Bomba and Son Jarocho performances and great DJs.
The weekend continues on Saturday, February 5th, with workshops and presentations at El Museo del Barrio and Rebel Diaz Arts Collective. For a schedule of the weekend’s events and to register, click here.
The weekend culminates Sunday, February 6th at noon, with a rally and march in Manhattan urging Trader Joe’s to work with the CIW to end the exploitation of the farmworkers who pick the tomatoes sold in their stores, starting at the Union Square Trader Joe’s and marching to the Chelsea location (see flyer below).
The Northeast CIW actions continue on Sunday, February 27th at 1pm in downtown Boston with a national action calling on supermarket giant Ahold (owner of Stop & Shop) to end its refusal to join the Campaign. If you are in the New York City area, the Community Farmworker Alliance is organizing buses to Boston on the 27th from New York. Please email to reserve a spot TODAY by providing the following information: Name; Organization/Affiliation; Email;Phone number; any special needs. Bus tickets are sliding scale, $10, $15, $25 suggested donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds as long as spaces remain available.