SWFL Human Rights Strategist Named 2017 MacArthur Fellow

Oct 16, 2017


The MacArthur Foundation just named its 2017 class of fellows, and one name in particular may stand out to Southwest Floridians. That is, Greg Asbed.

Asbed is a human rights strategist who co-founded the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. The Southwest Florida group has since gone national — and, in some cases, international — through the spread of its Fair Food Program that seeks better treatment and higher pay for farmworkers.

Now, Asbed has earned himself a more-than-half-a-million-dollar fellowship to continue his work in the community. He joins Gulf Coast Live to talk about what his plans are for what’s known as a “genius grant.”