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Updated: 11/05/2017 08:30:01AM

Church congregation hears about ‘Plight of the Pickers’

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Sister Kelleher, a Catholic nun who works with Legal Aid of Immokalee on behalf of the pickers, spoke recently at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County.


Coalition of Immokalee workers Gerado Chavez and Emily Turick visted the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County recently to educate the congregation about the challenges faced by field workers in the area.

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“The Plight of the Pickers” was the recent topic discussed at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County (UUFCC). The Fellowship’s Social Justice Committee showed Edward R. Murrow’s 1960s classic film “Harvest of Shame,” depicting the horrendous conditions migrant agricultural endured: Large families living in one room; one toilet for 90 people; and company stores that extended credit for their profit.

A Mexican-style lunch was served after Murrow’s film followed by “Food Chains,” a film examining present conditions of the Immokalee agricultural workers. Representatives from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) were present and explained how some conditions have improved but many problems still remain, particularly those made worse by Hurricane Irma.

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