Journal 20- The Slavery of Tomato Pickers

Last Friday, I didn’t go to school ( I was in Orlando), but I’m still going to write about what they learned. We learned about tomato pickers in South Florida. They are forced to pick buckets of tomatoes, and for every 32 pounds they pick  they earn 50 cents. To think that buying 32 pounds of tomatoes would cost 81 dollars. They’ve been earning that same wage since 1978.

I think this is a terrible thing. It’s the Civil War all over again, except this war is peaceful. We are fighting for Hispanics, not Blacks. The CIW (Coalition of Immokalee Workers) fights for these people. They fight for 7 laws, listed below:

1.  A pay increase for workers.

2.  Compliance for Code of Conduct.

3.  Worker-to-worker education sessions on the farms.

4. A worker-triggered complaint system.

5. Health and Safety volunteers at every farm.

6. Specific changes to improve wages and conditions.

7.  Ongoing auditing of the farms.

I think these are fair platforms to fight for. Any reasonable boss should provide it. It’s only these people who are forced to work on these horrible conditions. I think it’s very unfair and something should be done to stop it. The way we can stop this is writing to Publix, who promises equality but in reality really buys form these companies that enforce slave labor. I think this has to do with Tu B’Shvat because it is about vegetation and what people are forced to do. It also kind of has to do when the Israelites had to go into Sukkot to collect their harvest, like how these people have to collect the tomatoes.


4 thoughts on “Journal 20- The Slavery of Tomato Pickers

  1. Jake,
    You did a good job of explaining the situation.
    I agree that these are fair platforms to fight for. If people protested enough change would happen!

  2. I agree with Edith. We all must do our part. After all, it only takes one candle to light up a room. Write a letter, write a blog, seek outreach. There are so many ways to make a difference. Some require money, some time. The all require the willingness to follow His laws, not the laws of man. Sometimes this is not a very popular thing. Just think how dark it would be if there were no candles. Could we all survive?

  3. That is really sad! My mom told me to look at some of other peoples blogs before I start my own and now I am glad I did!b And again that is so sad!

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