For our Palm Beach County chapter of NSP, go to www.NSPPBC.org.
To learn more about the national NSP organization, go to www.spiritualprogressives.org.
Regular Meeting of the NSPPBC: Second Sunday of Each Month 3:00 p.m.
Church of Our Savior Metropolitan Community Church (click for map) 3/4 mile South of Woolbright Road on Federal Hwy. West Side of Street. 2011 South Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach, FL 33435.
NSP Palm Beach | Church of Our Savior MCC | 2011 S. Federal Hwy | Boynton Beach | FL | 33435
At the regular monthly meeting of NSPPBC on February 10, 2007,.... reported that a tomato picker in Immokolee who picks 125 buckets of tomatos in a day makes $50 for the day. Each bucket weighs 32 pounds and he each one he or she carries to the truck and lifts above his head to deliver gets him or her a chit which is redeemable for 40 cents. The 125 buckets weigh a total of two tons. McDonald's and Taco Bell have agreed to increase payment to pickers by 1 cent per pound and the farmworker coalition and Interfaith.... are now trying to get Burger King to also pay the additional 1 cent per pound. That will mean that the worker gets 70 cents per bucket instead of the current 40 cents per bucket.
The following text appeared with a photo in the New York Times Magazine of October 12, 2008. Cruz Salucio, 24 / Romeo Ramirez, 27 / Silvia Perez, 34 / Gerardo Reyes, 31 / Leonel Perez, 20 Farmworker advocates Immokalee, Fla.
In 1978, a tomato picker in Florida received 40 to 45 cents for every 32-pound bushel he or she harvested. That wage is the same today. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers was started in 1993 as a way for Latino, Haitian and Mayan Indian pickers to fight back. In 2001, they demanded an extra penny per pound of tomatoes from Taco Bell, which they received in 2005. They have since persuaded McDonalds, Burger King and, last month, Whole Foods Market to move toward improving wages and working conditions. Companies who buy large amounts of tomatoes are interested in profits, not in our rights as workers, Gerardo Reyes said through a translator. As their buying power gets bigger and bigger, even the most basic human rights arent being met. The 4,000-member coalition has no leader, though Lucas Benitez, one of the few members of the group who speaks English, has become one of the most visible faces of the coalition. The discussion is far from over. When were invited to speak at conferences on sustainable food, we hear about the environment and the rights of animals and small farmers, but were left out of that, Reyes said. You cannot call sustainable food sustainable when its not fair. Photo: Lars Tunbjork for The New York Times
Nov 8,'09 (Sun) 3:00 pm. With One Voice: documentary film, mystics from the world's great spiritual traditions on shared vision
map to First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches
Dec 13,'09 (Sun) 3:00 pm. Living A Simple Life or Materialism and Consumption, which? map to Church of Our Savior Metropolitan Community Church
Jan 19,'08 (Sat) 8:30 am. Let Justice Roll. map to Toussaint L'Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice