Join us tomorrow for the Texas premiere of Food Chains, a penetrating documentary about the success of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in transforming the agricultural industry!
The film’s producers include actress Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation; Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker narrates.
UT students were among their earliest allies in the fledgling struggle. In November 2001, just months after the CIW quietly launched its campaign, several Longhorns met Immokalee farmworkers at a gathering in Georgia, bringing back to the 40 Acres a commitment to organize in solidarity 1.
Silvia Perez, a farmworker leader of the CIW, will join us from Immokalee for the special screening, taking part in a panel after the film along with Food Chains producer Smriti Keshari; Tom Philpott, food & agribusiness correspondent for Mother Jones; and Lou Dubose, editor of The Washington Spectator.
Texas Premiere of Food Chains
Wednesday, Nov. 12th at 7 PM
The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd
presented by the Austin Film Society
Marvelous Mexican folk music from Son Armado will precede the screening. Cost is $8 for the general public; $5 for students with ID and Austin Film Society members.
Lastly, please mark your calendars for Sunday, November 23rd at 2 PM — Nely Rodriguez of the CIW will be in Austin for a protest at the Wendy’s restaurant located at East 7th Street & the I-35 access road.
Hope to see you tomorrow at The Marchesa!
Since 2001, Fair Food Austin has organized with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) for fair wages and dignified working conditions in the U.S. agricultural industry. The CIW is a farmworker organization headquartered in Immokalee, Florida with over 4,000 members. The CIW has aided in the prosecution by the Department of Justice of six slavery operations and the liberation of well over 1,000 workers.