TELL GOVERNOR DESANTIS TO PROTECT OUR LOCAL FARMWORKERS AND FOOD SUPPLY!
Issue: We must demand that Governor Ron DeSantis immediately take all necessary steps, together with local and federal authorities, to protect farmworkers in Immokalee during the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with the following measures:
1. Set up a field hospital in Immokalee in order to provide quarantine space and treatment for farmworkers with positive cases of COVID-19.
2. Provide personal protective gear and hand sanitizer to farmworkers, given that they are an “essential workforce”.
3. Provide free, accessible tests in Immokalee.
4. Allocate public funds for economic relief for Florida farmworkers.
Unless this is done, Immokalee will almost certainly become an epicenter of contagion, with dire consequences not only for the farmworker community in Immokalee and the broader Southwest Florida area, but also the Florida agricultural industry and the food supply of the entire United States.
There is no sugar-coating the facts: Immokalee is uniquely vulnerable due to a combination of critical factors, including: 1) overcrowded housing and transportation conditions; 2) the designation of agriculture as an essential industry during this pandemic; and 3) a near total lack of access to medical care and resources even before COVID-19.
Call Ron DeSantis and demand that he do everything possible to protect our farmworkers during the COVID-19 crisis, including by providing a field hospital, testing, PPE and hand sanitizer, and economic relief, and that he act NOW!
In all your communications tell him you are part of the Indivisible movement! He needs to know we are a voting bloc and will determine his fate in future elections!
Call Ron DeSantis here: (850) 717-9337