In the early morning of July 16, one of Florida’s biggest workplace raids led to 160 employees being investigated, and at least 16 under arrest.
Collier County officials began investigating Fruit Dynamics, the people who worked there, and after a three-year long operation, deputies raided Fruit Dynamics. Why? Because many of these workers are undocumented. Is that it? No. They also happen to be Central American and Mexican – very specific nationalities of people who unlike many other immigrants, have extreme U.S. policies working against them. Central Americans and Mexicans are the least likely to ever have a way of obtaining legal documents to be in the U.S. and also the largest percentage of immigrants in the U.S.
So when some of the Fruit Dynamics workers reached out to Raíces en Tampa about helping them…WE DROPPED what we were doing to organize a fight for them! This is what we do, we organize for the people who are affected by the immigration system, or for those who are affected by extension.
The call began in the wee hours of 8:00 am and right away, people from the state of Arizona, Texas, California and all over Florida were calling in.
A news reporter from Naples, wanted to contact us about an interview. We called her and during the interview, she informed us the Naples secretary had lied to her telling her NO ONE had been calling in to defend the Fruit Dynamics employees! This further, fueled our fire and we made this flyer in response:
And you kept calling!
Raíces en Tampa wants to personally thank you for all of your hard work and for your support of these workers. WORKING IS NOT A CRIME. TRYING TO FEED YOUR FAMILY IS NOT A CRIME. When Collier County Sheriffs have nothing better to do than to raid hard-working people, you better believe we’ll STAND UP, FIGHT BACK!
The Fruit Dynamics workers are set to go on trial on August 11th!
We will be planning more actions leading into this and on the day of the trial.
An attack on one, is an attack on all.