July 3, 2008
While Reynolds Tobacco makes billions of dollars, the farm workers who harvest their tobacco live in abject poverty, suffer from nicotine poisoning and exposure to deadly pesticides, face racism and harassment, and have few enforceable human rights protections.
FLOC, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, is calling on Reynolds to meet and work together to improve living and working conditions for these workers. They need our support to win this campaign.
Join FLOC for an evening of music and conversation with farm worker leaders to support the campaign for union recognition and a contract at Reynolds Tobacco.
What: Benefit Mixer with FLOC President Baldemar Velazquez
When: Friday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Eno River Unitarian Universalist Church, 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC
For more information, contact Eric Jones at 336-662-5333 or Nick Wood at 919-616-0889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Religious Leaders to Stand with FLOC
In support of the tens of thousands of farm workers in the Southeast who plant, tend, and harvest tobacco for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, the National Farm Worker Ministry is urging religious leaders around the country to call on the tobacco giant to work with farm worker representatives.
It is time now to add the voices of many religious leaders to this call for justice. Tobacco farm workers need signers onto an “Open Letter by Religious Leaders to Ms. Susan Ivey, Reynolds American Inc. and RAI Board of Directors” by Monday, July 7.
We encourage our members who regularly attend religious service to ask their leaders to sign-on to the letter. To read the letter click here. Background information is available online here.
For further information, contact Virginia Nesmith, Executive Director, National Farm Worker Ministry at 314-726-6470, email@example.com.