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Songs For Justice, Join Us!

 

Join us for a night of FLOC history through story and song! The Aguila Negra band features a mix of of movement songs with traditional folk music. The band donates 100% of the proceeds to the FLOC movement. Please join us at the concert and consider becoming a sponsor.

Your contributions will support FLOC’s struggle to win fair and safe working conditions, fair pay, and the right to collectively bargain for thousands of farm workers.

 

Sponsorship Details: 

$100.00 – Silver

$200.00 – Gold

$300.00 – Platinum

$500.00+ – Underwriter For Justice

 

*Tax exempt contributions can be made to CMWJ, FLOC’s education  and training partner.

Mail contributions to 1221 Broadway St., Toledo, OH 43609

or

make a donation online at our website: www.floc.com

For more information e-mail iayers@floc.com or call 419-243-3456

FLOC Clinics and SCORE Medical Missions Give Medical Care to Hundreds in NC in Wake of Hurricane Florence

The Farm Labor Organizing Committee Medical Clinics and SCORE Medical Missions of the Filipino Association of Toledo led by Dr. Richard Paat used the FLOC office in Dudley, NC as homebase to provide medical care to farm laborers and community members in the rural and remote areas of North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The disaster medical relief team included doctors and nurses from the Toledo area, University of Toledo medical students, and medical students from San Juan Bautista Medical School in Puerto Rico. They left for North Carolina the morning of Friday, September 21st  and returned the afternoon of Monday, September 24th. The team slept on the floor of the Farm Labor Organizing office in Dudley, NC. Local Latino church congregations took turns providing them with food and water.

The saw hundreds of patients and provided them with free medicine. The dues from members of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee as well as the donations of time from Dr. Richard Paat and SCORE Medical Missions as well as donated medicine made this possible.

FLOC continues to be available to the farm laborers and local community even after the medical clinic and in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

FLOC represents 10,000 agricultural laborers, that work and live in the North and South Carolina—many were affected by Hurricane Florence. Those interested in helping FLOC provide ongoing hurricane recovery for their members in the rural and remote farms on the coast and for eastern North Carolina communities can donate at floc.com or by calling our Toledo office at: 419-243-3456. Donations to SCORE (a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization) can be sent to: 5755 Monclova Maumee, OH 43537.

 

13 ABC News out of Toledo did a story before we headed out:

http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Local-doctor-prepping-for-relief-trip-to-North-Carolina-in-wake-of-Hurricane-Florence-493792631.html

FLOC Homies LED Lights Idea Taking Off in Toledo!

This idea for LED lighting replacements for broken and non-functioning street lights originated with the young people in our FlOC Homies program. They wanted to illuminate the streets in order to be safe at night and walking home from school in the winter.

Thanks Toledo and Toledo Edison!

https://twitter.com/toledoedison/status/918493947273588738

The Toledo Blade recently ran an updated story on the LED lights. ‘Councilmen Want More LED Lights’: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2018/09/09/Toledo-councilmen-want-more-LED-street-lights-sje/stories/20180909054

Why The Black/Brown Unity Coalition? Rev. Dr. Otis Gordon of Warren AME Toledo, Reflects:

Click on the link below to see Rev. Dr. Otis Gordon’s reflections on the Black/Brown Unity Coalition’s trip to International Civil Rights Center & Museum, the Beloved Community Center, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee’s NC office, and farm worker labor camps:

https://www.facebook.com/marlena.propergraves/videos/10216105573288584/?__xts__[0]=68.ARAeh2XIRFGPEiSK37zIMIJSQ5XO3lkN8BX-JFi9cMaYc6uoP9K2kW61zhkx8vQkiyopmJB631VCPvZaKIIk28eQ-piOZJidOOk6w7dQT0jGeqpS1TGsUUkcy-wRx05ss085QUVsAFc2fybG8_B3WocJmRcJmRTlpuNGnz3bJod38eVhJq-ftQ&__tn__=-UK-R

The Toledo Blade covers the Black/Brown Unity Coalition’s response to seeing the farm workers’ labor camps.

Click on the link below to read the story:

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2018/09/07/Toledo-coalition-views-southern-labor-camps/stories/20180907183

 

FLOC Launches VUSE Boycott with Actions Across the US

From April 9-20, we officially launched a boycott of Reynolds American Inc. (now owned by British American Tobacco)’s VUSE e-cigarette brand with over 40 demonstrations outside of Kangaroo, Circle K, 7 Eleven, and Wawa convenience stores in New York, San Francisco, Orlando, Raleigh, Durham, Toledo, and other major US cities. The boycott was dedicated to FLOC organizer, Santiago Rafael Cruz, who was assassinated on April 9, 2007 in our office in Mexico to try to stop the union from aiding farm laborers and ending corruption in the H2A guest worker program. The AFL-CIO, International Union of Food and Allied Workers (IUF), and the National Farmworker Ministry have already formally endorsed the boycott.

Contact us at boycottvuse@floc.com if you’re interested in getting involved in the VUSE boycott!

Horacio Mendoza Lopez, a tobacco farmworker and FLOC member states, “In the tobacco fields, you find yourself with a lot of suffering, obstacles and barriers such as all of the illnesses, the heat, and the work injuries. Even though a lot of people think that what we’re doing is easy, we know that what we’re doing comes with a lot of sacrifice.”

 

Despite widespread national and international support for tobacco farmworkers’ demands, Reynolds still hasn’t agreed to sign an agreement with FLOC to guarantee farmworkers the right to unionize and negotiate better working conditions.

“As farmworkers, we work hard under the sun and we give our best effort. I have seen how tobacco companies fill their pockets with money and how they themselves push for farmworkers to have even lower salaries. We are fighting for better wages and for decent and dignified housing, and that’s why I’m calling for support of this boycott.” says Jose Camper Lopez, a farmworker and FLOC member.

Similar demonstrations will be replicated and spread to other cities in the US. Contact us at boycottvuse@floc.com if you’re interested in getting involved in the VUSE boycott!

Photos from #BoycottVUSE demonstrations and pickets. For more photos or videos of actions, follow us on twitter @SupportFLOC and Facebook!

 

FLOC Pushes Mexican Government to Defend Mexican Farmworkers in the US

In a meeting with the Roberto Campa Cifrián on Tuesday, the Secretary of Labor of Mexico, FLOC President Velasquez pushed the Mexican Department of Labor to work with FLOC in achieving a common interest of protecting Mexican workers. Historically, Mexican workers who come to the US to work in the fields through the H2A guest worker program have been exploited in the workplace and excluded from most laws that protect the rest of the US workforce. Velasquez explained the harmful impacts of this lack of parity by detailing abuses that Mexican farmworkers face in the US including widespread wage theft, sexual harassment, and dangerous working conditions among others.

In the context of Trump’s anti-worker administration and harmful immigration proposals like the Goodlatte Bill, Velasquez stressed the need for Mexico to defend their own citizens. Velasquez suggested that the Mexico government use the NAFTA renegotiations to push for the expansion of the Agricultural Worker Protections Act (AWPA) to include H2A guest workers. AWPA is the principal federal law that provides federal protections around the wages, housing, transportation and working conditions of US agricultural workers but currently excludes H2A guest workers from its protections and remedies. If AWPA covered the H2A program, it would be an additional tool that labor organizations could use to stop the abuses in the H2A program, which has expanded rapidly to more than 200,000 agricultural workers in 2017, the majority of whom are Mexican citizens.

During the meeting, Roberto Campa Cifrián committed to promoting actions and policies to stop the exploitation of agricultural workers and stated that he was confident that they could advance protections for workers. Campa requested another meeting this summer to give a report back on the progress that has been made.

“We are grateful for Campa taking the time to meet with us. We look forward to our next meeting this summer to hear what progress has been made and to continue building a collaborative relationship with the Mexican government to achieve our common goal of protecting Mexican workers.” Said President Velasquez.

Congratulations Sesario Duran!

Congratulations to Sesario, a FLOC board member, for his introduction into the distinguished alumni hall of fame at Swanton High School in Ohio.

Sesario’s earliest memories of FLOC are of farmworkers walking out of the fields during the 1968 strike. “It happened so fast,” he remembers, “and we had something like $36 in the organization’s bank account. We did the strike on a farm where the grower was the president of an association representing growers in the area. A local union donated hot dogs and we had mariachis, and we did the 3 day strike right there on the grower’s property.” Even with few resources, Sesario says this first strike sent a powerful message: farmworkers were a force to be reckoned with. “The first strike really made us feel empowered. We were taking people right out of the fields, and it was really powerful.”

Today, Sesario continues to organize workers and supporters and currently serves on FLOC’s Board. We thank him for the 50 years that he has organized with FLOC! Click here to read more about Sesario’s story.

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