FLOC comes to Toledo and marches for farmworkers' rights; agains - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

FLOC comes to Toledo and marches for farmworkers' rights; against Trump immigration policies

Members of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee marched in downtown Toledo on Saturday (Source: WTOL) Members of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee marched in downtown Toledo on Saturday (Source: WTOL)
TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) -

The Farm Labor Organizing Committee, FLOC, turns fifty years old this year.

Saturday in Toledo FLOC held a constitutional convention with a theme of ‘constant struggle.’

Members marched the streets of Downtown Toledo denouncing the re-emergence of white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups,

But it also was an opportunity to protest Trump Administration policies toward immigration and the termination of DACA.

“Here we are, we won’t go away. If they take us, we’re going back,” shouted marchers.

FLOC was formed by Baldemar Velasquez.

At times, members have been met with violence.

But in the last half century, 700 farms have been unionized covering 50,000 workers.

Mr. Velasquez says FLOC’s next target is a proposed boycott of Reynolds American VUSE e-cigarette products, claiming abuses are taking place on their contract farms.

“I’m not sure what it says about FLOC’s influence but it shows we don’t give up. We start a program, we continue it until something happens,” said Mr. Velasquez.

At the convention, delegates discussed resolutions to defend immigrants and farmworkers' rights.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur discussed the Trump Administration’s plans to re-negotiate NAFTA.

She says it needs a section dealing with agriculture labor.

“To make sure their rights are protected, employers have a steady workforce that’s reliable and we create a tri-party labor secretariat between the United States, Mexico and Canada," said Rep. Kaptur.

Close to 300 delegates attended the convention.

Follow WTOL:  

Download our app here

Copyright 2017 WTOL. All rights reserved.
  

 

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • First Alert 10-Day Forecast: Chance of rain for rest of week

    First Alert 10-Day Forecast: Chance of rain for rest of week

    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    A chance of rain is expected late tonight and Tuesday. A northeast breeze off the lake will make for much cooler weather with highs in the 50s.

    More >>

    A chance of rain is expected late tonight and Tuesday. A northeast breeze off the lake will make for much cooler weather with highs in the 50s.

    More >>
  • Neighbors learn about potential drug treatment center

    Neighbors learn about potential drug treatment center

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:12 PM EDT2018-04-24 03:12:39 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    Another drug treatment center wants approval from the city, but is getting some push back from neighbors. This one is in west Toledo, on Sylvania Avenue right at the corner on Sylvania and Jackman. The vacant church could house a new drug treatment center. A total of 48 beds for those trying to combat drug and alcohol addiction through an inpatient, residential 30-day program.  "We're looking to bring a glimmer of hope,” said Breanna David, with Byrans Treatmen...More >>
    Another drug treatment center wants approval from the city, but is getting some push back from neighbors. This one is in west Toledo, on Sylvania Avenue right at the corner on Sylvania and Jackman. The vacant church could house a new drug treatment center. A total of 48 beds for those trying to combat drug and alcohol addiction through an inpatient, residential 30-day program.  "We're looking to bring a glimmer of hope,” said Breanna David, with Byrans Treatmen...More >>
  • Construction for first marijuana dispensary underway in Gibsonburg

    Construction for first marijuana dispensary underway in Gibsonburg

    Monday, April 23 2018 8:08 PM EDT2018-04-24 00:08:34 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    Construction is now underway for one of the first medicinal marijuana facilities in the Gibsonburg area. The Standard Wellness Company was awarded one of Ohio's cultivation licenses for medicinal marijuana. Their location is in Gibsonburg, Ohio, as many local municipalities voted to keep facilities out, Gibsonburg wanted the industry. The 50,000 square foot facility is expected to create at least 20 to 30 new jobs. Also, village administration said having another tenant in their ind...More >>
    Construction is now underway for one of the first medicinal marijuana facilities in the Gibsonburg area. The Standard Wellness Company was awarded one of Ohio's cultivation licenses for medicinal marijuana. Their location is in Gibsonburg, Ohio, as many local municipalities voted to keep facilities out, Gibsonburg wanted the industry. The 50,000 square foot facility is expected to create at least 20 to 30 new jobs. Also, village administration said having another tenant in their ind...More >>
Powered by Frankly