Youth of the Fair Food Nation, ¡Presente!
Two weeks ago, 70 young people from around the country made their way down to Immokalee to connect with and learn from the community at the center of our movement to transform an industry and build the Fair Food Nation. Over three intensive days, Encuentro participants learned and honed new skills, built and fortified relationships, and laid the strategic plan to escalate Boot the Braids on campus this year.
By the closing session on Sunday afternoon, the palpable energy that had carried us through the weekend promised to propel SFAers back to Ohio, New York, California, Georgia, Michigan, and everywhere in between, committed to take the Campaign to the next level.
And sure enough, the seeds planted at this year's Encuentro are already starting to bear fruit! Just last week, SFA at the Ohio State University kicked off the semester with a vibrant action on campus. Around thirty students convened in OSU's central quad ("the Oval") before marching to deliver a letter to management at the campus Wendy's. Among the groups represented were Ohio Fair Food, Real Food Challenge, and United Students for Fair Trade: the rock-solid basis of a fast-growing coalition for accountability in the university's food supply chain.
As we enter into a new season here in Immokalee, and a new school year all around the country, a new burst of youthful brilliance and ánimo is pulsating in our communities. We're ready to go!
Immokalee farm workers receive GGI award (NBC2, 9/19)
CIW to receive CGI award (Ft. Myers News Press, 9/13)
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