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CIW/SFA selected bibliography

Below is a selected bibliography of books, articles, theses and other resources about the CIW, SFA, farmworker history and related topics. We provide these resources to help facilitate research, to help allies continue the process of developing collective analysis and to inspire further reflection on these topics and beyond.

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Ahn, Christine, ed. Shafted: Free Trade and America's Working Poor. Oakland, CA: Food First Books, 2003

Anti-Slavery International. Human Traffic, Human Rights: Redefining Victim Protection. London: Anti-Slavery International, 2002.

Asbed, Greg. "Coalition of Immokalee Workers: "¡Golpear a Uno Es Golpear a Todos!"." In Bringing Human Rights Home, edited by Cynthia Soohoo, Cathereine Albisa, and Martha Davis, 3:1-23. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2008. (pdf)

Asen, Peter Ian. "Boycotting Taco Bell: The Case of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.” In A Toublemaker's Handbook 2, edited by Jane Slaughter, 148-152. Detroit: Labor Education and Research Project, 2005.

Bales, Kevin. Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy. Rev. ed. with a new preface. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.

Bales, Kevin and Ron Soodalter. The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today. University of California Press, 2009. (Extended excerpt on the CIW)

Bales, Kevin and Zoe Trodd. To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today's Slaves. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008.

Barndt, Deborah. Tangled Routes: Women, Work, and Globalization on the Tomato Trail. 2nd ed. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2007.

Bell, Beverly. "Florida Farmworkers Build Unity Through Education and Action." Race, Poverty & the Environment, Fall 2007.

Benitez, Lucas. "Lucas Benitez." In Being Catholic Now, edited by Kerry Kennedy, 175-180. New York: Crown Publishing Group, 2008.

Blackmon, Douglas A. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. New York: Anchor Books, 2009.

Bowe, John. “Nobodies: Does Slavery Exist in America?." The New Yorker, April 21, 2003.

---. Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy. New York: Random House, 2007.

Cassanello, Robert and Melanie Shell-Weis, eds. Florida's Working-Class Past: Current Perspectives on Labor, Race, and Gender from Spanish Florida to the New Immigration. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2009.

Cockburn, Andrew. “21st Century Slaves." National Geographic, September 2003.

Cohorst, Meghan. “A More-Complete Definition of "Sustainable"." Organic on the Green, January 26, 2008.

Daniel, Pete. The Shadow of Slavery: Peonage in the South, 1901-1969. University of Illinois Press, 1972.

Drainville, Andre C. Present in the World Economy: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (1996-2007). Globalizations, Volume 5, Issue 3. September 2008, p357.

Estabrook, Barry. Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit. Andrews McMeel, 2012.

Fine, Janice. Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream. Ithaca: ILR Press/Cornell University Press, 2006.

Fox, Jonathan, and Gaspar Rivera-Salgado. “Building Civil Society among Indigenous Migrants." In Indigenous Mexican Migrants in the United States, 1-65. La Jolla, Calif: Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UCSD, 2004.

Free the Slaves, and Human Rights Center. Hidden Slaves: Forced Labor in the United States. Berkeley: University of California, September 2004.

Furman, Rich and Nalini Negi, eds. Social Work Practice with Latinos: Key Issues and Emerging Themes. Chicago: Lyceum Books, 2010: 45-66.

Gonzalez, Melody. "Awakening the Consciousness of the Labor Movement: The Case of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers." Undergraduate Thesis, University of Notre Dame, 2005.

Gordon, Jennifer. “Understanding Boycotts.” Radcliffe Quarterly (Fall 2001): 26-27.

Gottlieb, Robert and Anupama Joshi. Food Justice. MIT Press: 2010.

Gould-Wartofsky, Michael. "Farmworkers and Students Take on Burger King." The Nation, December 2007.

Grubbs, Donald. “The Story of Florida's Migrant Farm Workers.” Florida Historical Quarterly 40, no. 2 (1961): 103-22.

Hahamovitch, Cindy. The Fruits of Their Labor: Atlantic Coast Farmworkers and the Making of Migrant Poverty, 1870-1945. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997.

Hoffman, Paul ed. Front Line USA: Threats, Attacks, Arrests and Harassment of Human Rights Defenders. Dublin: Frontline, 2004.

Holt-Gimenez, Eric ed. Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform our Food Systems. New York: Food First Books, 2011. (CIW Chapter)

Ide, Michael C."Sí Se Podía: A Case Study Analysis of Differential Student Participation in the National Taco Bell Boycott." Undergraduate Thesis, Honors College of the University of Southern Mississippi, 2008.

Jenkins, Craig. The Politics of Insurgency: The Farm Worker Movement in the 1960s. Columbia University Press, 1985.

Jenkins, Steve. “Organizing, Advocacy, and Member Power: A Critical Reflection.” WorkingUSA (Fall 2002): 56-89.

Klein, Naomi. No Space, No Choice, No Jobs, No Logo: Taking Aim at The Brand Bullies. 1st ed. New York: Picador USA, 2000.

Kusher, Sam. The Long Road to Delano. New York: International Publishers, 1975.

Lankford, Ronald, ed. Slavery Today. Greenhaven Press, 2009.

Laughlin, Kristi. “The Difference Faith Makes: Religious Influence in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Taco Bell Boycott.” Graduate Thesis (M.A.), Graduate Theological Union, 2007.

Leary, Elly. “Immokalee Workers Take Down Taco Bell.” Montly Review, October 2005.

López, Ann Aurelia. The Farmworkers' Journey. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.

Lydersen, Kari. Out of the Sea and into the Fire: Latin-American-U.S. Immigration in the Global Age. Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 2004.

McMillan, Tracy. The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table. Scribner, 2012.

Moody, Kim. US Labor in Trouble and Transition: The Failure of Reform from Above, the Promise of Revival from Below. New York: Verso Books, 2007

Mormino, Gary Ross. Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida. Florida history and culture series. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005.

National Economic and Social Rights Initiative. Modern Day Slavery in U.S. Agriculture: Legal Failure and Corporate Complicity. Issue Brief. New York: National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, 2005.

Ortiz, Paul. Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

Oxfam America. Like Machines in the Fields: Workers Without Rights in American Agriculture. Boston: Oxfam America, March 2004.

Pastor, Manuel, and Tony LoPresti. “Bringing Globalization Home.” ColorLines, Spring 2004.

Patel, Raj. Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. Brooklyn: Melville House, 2008.

Patton, Luke. “Organizing the Unorganized: the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Latino Migrant Farm Labor in the 21st Century.” Undergraduate Thesis, Haverford College, 2008.

Payne, Brian. “Taking Back the Reins of Identity Formation: The Evolution of a Grassroots Organization in a South Florida Migrant Farm Working Community.” Graduate Thesis (M.A.), University of Florida, 2000.

Perera, Gihan. “A Question of Power.” ColorLines, June 2007.

Ramirez, Romeo. “Eliminating Slavery in Agricultural Labor: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers.” In Global Uprising: Confronting the Tyrannies of the 21st Century: Stories from a New Generation of Activists, edited by Neva Welton and Linda Wolf, 180-83. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2001.

Reinsborough, Patrick and Doyle Canning. Re:Imagining Change: How to Use Story-Based Strategy to Win Campaigns, Build Movements, and Change the World. Oakland: PM Press, 2010.

Reyes, Gerardo. “To the Young Activists of Tomorrow.” In Letters from Young Activists: Today's Rebels Speak Out, edited by Dan Berger, Chesa Boudin, and Kenyon Farrow, 201-205. New York: Nation, 2006.

Riley, Nano. Florida's Farmworkers in the Twenty-First Century. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2002.

Rivers, Larry Eugene. Slavery in Florida: Territorial Days to Emancipation. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001.

Rodrigues, Marc. “The Farmworker is Our Hope: Organizing and Victory in Immokalee.” Graduate Thesis (M.A.), University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2006.

Root Cause (Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Power U Center, Miami Workers Center). Community Impact Report. Miami: November 2003.

Rothenberg, Daniel. With These Hands: The Hidden World of Migrant Farmworkers Today. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.

Sasson, Audrey. "The Coalition of Immokalee Workers vs. Taco Bell: The Role of Skillful Framing in Creating Social Change." Submission, Morton Deutsch Award for an Outstanding Graduate Student Paper on Social Justice, 2007.

Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. 1st ed. New York: Perennial/HarperCollins Publishers, 2002.

Sellers, Sean. “Del pueblo, para el pueblo”: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Fight for Fair Food.” Graduate Thesis (M.A.), University of Texas at Austin, 2009.

Sellers, Sean and Greg Asbed. "The History and Evolution of Forced Labor in Florida Agriculture."
Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts Vol. 5, No. 1, Food Justice (Autumn 2011), pp. 29-49. Indiana University Press.

Shoffner, Jerrell. “The Legacy of Racial Slavery: Free Enterprise and Forced Labor in Florida in the 1940s.” Journal of Southern History 47, no. 3 (1981): 411-26.

Siceloff, John and Jason Maloney. Your America: Democracy's Local Heroes. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Solnit, David. Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World. San Francisco: City Light Books, 2004.

---. “Taco Bell Boycott Victory: A Model of Strategic Organizing - An interview with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.” Left Turn, September 2005.

Student/Farmworker Alliance. "Harvesting Solidarity: Farmworkers, Allies, and the Fight for Fair Food." In Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States, edited by Team Colors Collective, 65-78. AK Press, 2010.

Thompson, Charles, and Melinda Wiggins. The Human Cost of Food: Farmworkers' Lives, Labor, and Advocacy. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002.

Walsh, Jane. “Migrant Mobilization: Factors Contributing to the Success of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.” Graduate Thesis (M.A.), Duquesne University, 2005.

Wilkinson, Alec. Big Sugar: Seasons in the Cane Fields of Florida. 1st ed. New York: Knopf, 1989.

Williams, Phillip J., and Patricia Fortuny Loret de Mola. “Looking for Lived Religion in Immokalee, Florida.” In Transnationalism and Religion. University of Texas at Austin: Latin American Network Information Center, 2006.

Yen Liu, Yvonne and Dominique Apollon, Ph.D. "The Color of Food." Applied Research Center, 2011.

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A note on research (and related) requests

The CIW and SFA are regularly approached by students, scholars, filmakers and others seeking to conduct research on or otherwise document Immokalee, the Campaign for Fair Food, farmworkers, and related topics.

Such projects, however, are often not the best use of the Immokalee organizing team's limited time, resources and energy. In addition, many in Immokalee have experienced being studied and observed and assisting research projects only to see their words misquoted or never seeing any of the results of this work. Please do your homework first (Immokalee and the movement have already been extensively researched and documented - read archived articles, browse through the CIW and SFA sites, and check out the resources on this page), and then consider contacting us for more information if necessary.

Unfortunately, at this time we can't guarantee that we will be able to assist you with your research or documentation project. Thanks.


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