Evolving from Prof. Ralph Young’s Dissent in America course, students gather to discuss the historical background to the current political situation in the world. The Teach-ins are held Fridays, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in 914 Gladfelter Hall (the Weigley Room). On Friday, February 2nd, Dissent in America will feature two guest speakers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a grassroots movement started by farmworkers in 1993, to uproot agricultural exploitation and build a food system based on justice, respect, and dignity.
Learn about the injustices of sexual assault, wage theft, and modern day slavery pervading the us agricultural system and what your part is in bringing justice to the fields. Stick around after the teach-in for a special event held in collaboration with Temple Student Farmworker Alliance!
More about the speakers:
Gerardo Reyes Chavez began working in the fields at age 11, first as a farmer in Zacatecas, Mexico and then in the fields of Florida. He joined the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in 2000, and has since become a key leader in mobilizing the Immokalee community around national actions in the CIW's Campaign for Fair Food. Gerardo has aided in investigating several modern-day agricultural slavery operations in the United States – including undercover work on tomato farms and interviewing workers who have escaped from violent operations. He has been a crucial member of the CIW's negotiation team in getting retail food companies, such as McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Walmart, to sign the Fair Food Program.
Ximena Pedroza moved from Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico when she was 7 to the US where she later attended New College of Florida with a concentration in ‘Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies’. Ximena has experience organizing around sexual violence, gender equity, and immigration reform. She currently resides in Immokalee, Florida where she works as the National Coordinator of the Student/Farmworker Alliance.