Friday, March 20, 2015

Alternative Spring Break Students from University of North Florida Take Toxic Tour

What a powerful way to begin the week!  On Sunday, March 15, seven students and two professors from the University of North Florida visited the Apopka office of the Farmworker Association of Florida for an 'immersion' into the issues of farmworkers and social and environmental justice.  Starting with a Toxic Tour of Lake Apopka, with an opportunity to watch both the "Out of the Muck" and the "Los Naranjeros" videos, the students engaged in a day of learning, observing, questioning, thinking, and challenging the current and past injustices experienced by farmworkers in our country.

With probing questions, open hearts, and alert minds, the group met Linda Lee and heard her personal stories of decades as a farmworker on Lake Apopka.  Ms. Linda also shared with the students some of her most recent quilt square creations, indicative of her creative talents and passion for storytelling through art. Linda keeps getting better all the time!

So incredible was this group of students, that they delayed their drive to Immokalee to stay and hear and learn more.  The group was an inspiration to us!  Thank you from all of us at FWAF!

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