La Casita, CMC, and Gainesville IWW Present "Harvest of Loneliness"

Published Robbie - Wed, 02/22/2012 - 5:16pm


Shedding light on the current debate over immigration reform and the use of "guest workers" in American agriculture, this historical documentary examines what was known as the Bracero Program-a system put in place from 1942 to 1964 to recruit Mexican farm laborers for temporary work in the United States. The film presents ample testimony from surviving braceros as well as family members and descendants of these displaced workers, who typically went north expecting not just high wages but also humane treatment and working conditions-expectations that were rarely if ever met. Featured experts include Mexican activist and politician Victor Quintana, Bracero Program in California author Henry Anderson, and several others (

The Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures is an advocacy center that provides educational, social, and mentoring opportunities for students and the Gainesville community and helps create opportunities for cultural awareness, social justice, and empowerment. They are currently partners with Campaign for an American DREAM, the Fair Food Campaign, Drop the "I" Word Campaign, and they mentor ESOL students at Gainesville High School.

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is a radical union that was founded in 1905. The IWW's first organizers included such notables as Mother Jones, Eugene Debs, Lucy Parsons and Big Bill Haywood. The IWW is open to workers of all occupations, including the unemployed and has always welcomed women, African-Americans, and immigrants to their ranks. Gainesville IWW members will be present to discuss the union and will have merchandise for sale. (

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 6:00pm
Free, donations appreciated