Toronto – March 13, 2014 – March is Migrant Worker Awareness Month. Students Against Migrant Exploitation (S.A.M.E.) and UFCW Canada have taken the message on the road — engaging, educating and empowering thousands of students since the tour began in March.
By the end of the tour’s first week, S.A.M.E. had already hosted dynamic workshops at university campuses across Onatrio, reaching out to over 2,000 students. And in a mere 48 hours, S.A.M.E.’s video for International Women’s Day had also captured thousands of views. Throughout March, S.A.M.E. has scheduled more than 70 workshops in more than 15 cities across Ontario and Quebec, spreading the message in schools, community centres, churches and local media.
The goal of the tour is to get everyone thinking about how the food we consume is grown and picked, and to move us to act by demanding respect for migrant worker rights. Joining S.A.M.E. for this groundbreaking tour across Ontario and Quebec are volunteer presenters, artists and activists who are dedicated to ending all forms of migrant exploitation. One of the tour’s online actions is the #NotMyTomato Twitter campaign, which encourages activists to use the #NotMyTomato hashtag and tweet a message of solidarity and support for the ethical harvesting of our food.
“We are focussed on building widespread awareness on the issue of migrant workers, hoping to inspire people into becoming active in the fight for migrant worker justice,” explains Pablo Godoy, the coordinator for S.A.M.E. The S.A.M.E. tour continues throughout the month of March, culminating in a mass gathering at McMaster University in Hamilton on March 28. To follow and participate in the tour, go to facebook.com/samegroup, follow them on Twitter @thesamegroup, or for more information contact S.A.M.E at [email protected].