Every year, the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) hosts an evening awards reception. This year, the anticipated Friday night event will also feature a closing address by Lupe Gonzalo of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). Ms. Gonzalo brings a wealth of experience as an advocate for workers’ rights, and AESS is delighted to host her Friday, June 28 as part of our 2019 meeting, “Sustainable Futures.”
Ms. Gonzalo’s biography, provided by the CIW:
Lupe Gonzalo is a senior staff member and leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). She has worked in the agricultural fields of the United States for the last 12 years as a migrant farmworker, including in the harvesting of tomatoes, citrus, peppers, and many other vegetables and fruits. As part of the Fair Food Program education team, Ms. Gonzalo and her colleagues conduct workers’ rights education in seven states along the East Coast throughout the year. Ms. Gonzalo was also a member of the CIW team working with Futures Without Violence, which collaborated with CIW and other Fair Food Program partners on the first sexual harassment training curriculum for the agricultural sector in the U.S. Ms. Gonzalo’s work at the CIW includes hosting daily radio shows on the CIW’s low-power community FM radio station, leading the weekly women’s group meetings, receiving complaints of abuses in the fields, and managing wage theft claims. Finally, Ms. Gonzalo represents the CIW at a national level, speaking publicly on the challenges faced by farmworkers in Florida, both during major actions with thousands of consumers and in dozens of presentations throughout the year. She was featured on CNN Freedom Project’s recent series on the Fair Food Program, and was named a Community Trailblazer by the Equal Voice Magazine.
Learn more about Ms. Gonzalo’s work.