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Fields of Resistance

Fields of Resistance

The Struggle of Florida’s Farmworkers for Justice
March 2011
Trade Paperback · 260 Pages
$17.00 U.S. · $20.50 CAN · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781608460939
Haymarket Books


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"In the absence of government that cares about the people at the bottom, here's a way to achieve change."—Eric Schlosser

"A sweet victory for social justice… . A testament to the tenacity of the [Coalition of Immokalee Workers]."—Katrina vanden Heuvel

Migrant farm workers in the United States are routinely forced to live and work in unsafe, often desperate, conditions. In Immokalee, Florida, the tomato capital of the world—which has earned the dubious distinction of being "ground zero for modern slavery"—farm workers organized themselves into the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and launched a nationwide boycott campaign that forced McDonalds, Burger King, and Taco Bell to recognize their demands for workers' rights.

Silvia Giagnoni is a journalist based in Montgomery, Alabama.

About the Author

Silvia Giagnoni is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts at Auburn University Montgomery. She has published (both in English and in Italian) journalistic and scholarly articles on popular music, film and social movements among others. Giagnoni also co-produced and co-directed the documentary Take it Back? Evangelical Christianity and Popular Music (2006); she is Associate Producer and Consultant in El Green Grown Tomato, a documentary film by Daniel P. Herrera (currently in post-production).