Rachel Iacovone

Jennyfer Gerrero Torres

An Immokalee High School graduate begins as a freshman at Harvard University on a full-ride scholarship this fall as the first student from that high school in the predominantly farmworker community to be accepted into the Ivy League university as an undergrad. But, her story is just one example of the community’s recent upward education trend.

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I’m in a lab at Florida Gulf Coast University, talking to a 4-year-old about every photo in her mom’s camera roll.

 

Her mom, Alana Underwood, asked Curious Gulf Coast, “Is there some factor in this area that’s causing more cases of pediatric cancer than other parts of the nation?"

Rachel Iacovone

Nearly 300 people, of all ages, rallied for the environment on President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. The Southwest Florida People’s Climate March was a sister march in the worldwide Peoples Climate Movement, which hosted marches in more than 300 cities on every continent but Antarctica. Florida hosted 23.

Rachel Iacovone

More than 70 students, professors and members of the community hosted Soar Above Hate at Florida Gulf Coast University Thursday, beginning on the Library Lawn.

The university has faced hate speech incidents throughout the school year, including two drawings on white boards depicting the lynching of black people, the keying of a student’s car with a gay slur and white supremacy flyers recently displayed around campus.

Rachel Iacovone

People picketed outside two major food corporations in Tampa Wednesday to protest farmworker exploitation.  The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) wants Publix to know, “Publix, escuchar. Estamos en la lucha,” which means, “Publix, listen. We’re in the fight.” CIW has been “en la lucha” for nearly a decade now.

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