by Silvia Giagnoni - £14.99 Haymarket Books (2011)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781608460939 | ISBN 10: 1608460932
Migrant farmworkers in the United States are routinely forced to live and work in unsafe, impoverished conditions. In response, farmworkers in Immokalee, Florida, the “tomato capital of the world,” formed the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). Against powerful adversaries, the CIW went on to launch nationwide campaigns that have forced the corporate giants of the fast food and grocery industries to concede to their demands for increased wages and just working conditions. As their struggle, and that of immigrants and low-wage workers everywhere, continues, Silvia Giagnoni presents their remarkable story.
"Social change always happens in a context, but the headlines rarely suggest what that might be. Picking her way through one of the most important campaigns for social justice in the United States today, Silvia Giagnoni tells the stories of farmworkers, mothers, priests, and plutocrats with compassion, poetry, and a fierce humanity."
(Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing)
"Fields of Resistance captures the brilliant, difficult, and sustained organizing work of immigrant activists against the megacorporations, such as Taco Bell, Chipotle, and Whole Foods, that profit from their labor. If there was ever any doubt that workers’ rights are human rights, this book will put the notion to rest."
(Vanessa Tait, author of Poor Workers’ Unions: Rebuilding Labor from Below)
(Price & availability last checked: March 2019)