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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

Olympian Harvesters Deserve A Fair Day’s Pay for Hard Work!

FLOC members are Olympian harvesters! Thanks to Esmith for the video!

This is what they call el baje; they’re taking all the leaves off the stalk and as you can see he fills his underarm with a whole lot of leaves. Then he runs to the trailer to dump it (that part isn’t in the video), and then he goes back to the row and does it again for hours at a time!

Farmworkers deserve a fair day’s pay for the hardwork. Reynolds American continues to refuse to guarantee a fair wage and fair housing in their supply chain, even after understanding how hard this work is in extreme temperatures. This is why we #BoycottVUSE

Click on the link below to see the video of our members in action!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/M4uT3ut9G1YhwoJb8

 

Miembros de FLOC son trabajadores tremendos! Gracias a Esmith por el video!

Aqui estan en el baje, quitando todas las hojas de la planta, llenando la brazada con un monton de hojas. Despues uno corre a dejar las hojas en la traila y regresa a hacerlo otra vez por horas y horas!

Trabajadores agricolas merecen un salario justo por un trabajo duro. Reynolds American sigue negando su responsibilidad para asegurar salarios y viviendas justas a los trabajadores en su cadena de produccion, aun sabiendo que tan duro esta este trabajo especialmente cuando se pone muy caliente! Por eso tenemos el boicot de VUSE, #BoycottVUSE

Haga clic en el enlace de abajo para ver el video de nuestros miembros en acción.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/M4uT3ut9G1YhwoJb8

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

 

Action Peaceful Protest Raleigh, NC: Thursday Sept. 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm at Circle K (Kangaroo Express) 4302 Wake Forest Rd

Join us in Raleigh! Thursday Sept. 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm Circle K/Kangaroo at 4302 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609.

As a part of our ongoing national boycott of VUSE e-cigarette, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) and community members will take part in a peaceful protest outside of the Circle K (Kangaroo Express) at 5:00 pm on 9/20. Location: 4302 Wake Forest Rd. We are protesting the widespread abuses of farmworkers who work for Reynolds Tobacco’s growers. In 2011, Oxfam America and FLOC released a human rights report detailing abuses like retaliation for speaking out against abuses, squalid housing, sub-minimum wages, and work-related illnesses. Please Join Us!

Now Hiring a FLOC Homies Program Manager

Position: FLOC Homies Program Manager

Location: Toledo, OH

The FLOC Homies Union is a social movement that addresses the needs of the community in Toledo through the creation of democratic institution and a unified, collective voice. The Homies youth program helps young people identify needs in the community, strategize solutions, and carry out actions to address those needs. Another core part of the FLOC Homies Union is the Employment Readiness and Youth Empowerment Program. This program provides paid positions for participants to learn the basics of leadership and community organizing. Over 16 weeks of training, these young leaders will be taught key life skills including: job seeking strategies, employment readiness, conflict resolution, resume writing, building self-confidence, understanding power structures, community organizing basics, building social capital, and promoting civic engagement.

General Position Summary: This position is available immediately and is a full-time position. The Homies Program Manager is responsible for recruiting and interviewing youth for the program, finding employment for the program’s participants, mentoring youth, teaching afternoon classes on life-skills and assisting with the management of the programs’ finances and grants.

Qualifications: Flexible schedule including working evenings and some weekends; willing to travel occasionally; demonstrated commitment to social justice; passion for working with youth; must have valid driver’s license and a car and be willing to drive for work (mileage reimbursed).

How to apply: Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Please send a cover letter and resume to Justin Flores at jflores@floc.com. Please be sure to mention what date you are available to start.

Compensation: Depends on experience

 

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!

 

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