SFA Pleads for End of Contemporary Slavery

Click here to take action today! – http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/Governor_Crist_stand_against_slavery

060407_migrantworkersEven as we continue putting the pieces together for a major campaign calling on food service providers to take responsibility for farmworker exploitation, the latest case of slavery in Florida’s fields – and Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s deafening silence in response – compels us to take action in a different way today.

Please visit the SFA site (http://sfalliance.org) today and read the below message from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to find out more about this important action alert and to take action now!:

Those of you who have followed the CIW’s work over the years know that the issue of forced labor has been a central focus of our efforts since we began organizing in 1993. So you know that we wouldn’t call for an email action campaign on slavery if we didn’t truly believe your email could help.
Today, we believe it can, and here’s why: In all the years we have been fighting forced labor in Florida’s fields, one very important player has remained stubbornly on the sidelines. Despite seven major prosecutions in the past decade, not once has the governor of our state — the chief executive who wields tremendous public and political influence over the state’s agricultural industry — said a single word to condemn this most egregious human rights violation. Three men have occupied the post in that time and not one has said a word.
Today, with your help, we are going to demand that Governor Charlie Crist take the field in the fight against slavery. In the wake of the governor’s spokesman’s outrageous comments diminishing the significance of farm labor slavery, the CIW is calling on Gov. Crist to commit the full power of his office to address the plague of modern-day slavery in Florida’s fields.
Add your voice to this call today by clicking on the following link, where you can learn more about the petition campaign and send an email or fax to the governor today:
http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/Governor_Crist_stand_against_slavery

Stay tuned to http://sfalliance.org/ for more details on the petition campaign in the weeks ahead!________________________

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