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Into Protecting Florida Farmworkers

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The state of Florida is seeing record highs of coronavirus cases as the pandemic stretches into its fifth month. More than 140,000 citizens have evaluated positive for the infection and the state is reversing some of its efforts to reopen the economy.

For weeks, Governor Ron DeSantis resisted statewide closures and social distancing while the rural neighborhood of Immokalee raised issues about the infection and asked for more screening and PPE.

Immokalee is home to countless migrant farmworkers, some whom are undocumented or on short-lived visitor worker visas. During the pandemic they’ve been considered “important” by the federal government. Now, Immokalee has the highest variety of cases of any zip code in the state of Florida.

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Host Trymaine Lee talks with the Coalition of Immokalee Employees about their efforts to safeguard farmworkers in Florida and beyond, as the farming season shifts and the nation’s food supply is threatened. Gerardo Reyes Chávez is a leader of CIW who invested several years as a farmworker in Mexico and Florida, beginning when he was11 Greg Asbed co-founded the Union of Immokalee Workers in 1993.

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