Issued: February 3, 2006

On Saturday, February 18, 2006, from 2:00 to 4:00pm, at the Selby
Library Auditorium, there will be a public forum on the vital question:
What legislative solution is best for America, for the farmworkers and the growers to solve the complex and highly charged problem of how to
overhaul the immigration policy of the country? The Sarasota/Manatee Farmworker Supporters are sponsoring the event to help clarify the issues and help bring Justice and fairness to all concerned. As farmworker
advocates we are especially sensitive to the needs of migrant agricultural workers- recognizing how they have been exploited, how they have
sometimes died trying to come here, how they suffer from pesticide
poisoning, poor housing, poor medical attention, and lack of educational opportunity.
There will be four panelists: Adriana Cerillo, community activist: Jay Taylor, president of tomato growers Taylor and Fulton,Inc.; Yraida Contreras, immigration counselor for Catholic Charities; and Dr. Nancy R.
Powers, consultant for the Farmworker Solidarity Project of the Florida
Catholic Conference. The moderator will be Greg Schell, Esq., lawyer for the Migrant Farmworker Justice Project.
The forum is free and open to the public from whom we encourage
Incisive questions and thoughtful comments.

Marvin Mills,
Secretary SMFS
941 352-8726