SpringBoard with Guest Speaker Silvia Giagnoni

Published Robbie - Tue, 02/26/2013 - 7:35pm

The Civic Media Center will hold its annual SpringBoard Fundraiser at the Prairie Creek Lodge on Friday, March 22nd beginning at 6pm. The event will feature a variety of food from local restaurants, as well as a silent auction and raffle that will include art and coupons for goods and services from a variety of local businesses and artists.

Silvia is an assistant professor of Communications and Dramatic Arts at Auburn University Montgomery. Her book, “Fields of Resistance,” chronicles a seven-month period between November 2007 and May 2008, during which she visited the community of Immokalee, Florida.

The narrative revolves around seasons, harvest, holidays, and other celebrations of special significance for the community and seeks to show the various cultural and social realities that coexist today in this part of Florida: the farmworking community, the Seminole reservation and Ave Maria Town.

Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a community-based organization of mainly Latino, Mayan Indian, and Haitian immigrants working in low wage jobs throughout the state of Florida, will also speak about their mission, goals, and work to improve the conditions for farmworkers.

The celebration will also include the presentation of the Jack Penrod Brigadas award, which is given in recognition of local organizing work by the Penrod Committee; made up of members from United Faculty of Florida, Alachua County Labor Party and Veterans for Peace. Jack was a wounded veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and a retired Professor of English at UF.

Advance tickets are available for $10 at the Civic Media Center and Citizens Co-op. Tickets will be $15-$20 at the event.

Fri, 03/22/2013 - 6:00pm
$10 in advance, $15-20 at door