Join the Caravan

Join the Harvesting Freedom caravan from September 4th to October 3rd!

PLEASE REGISTER HERE FOR THE CARAVAN (it helps us a lot with planning!)

Updated 18 Sept

Justice for Migrant Workers and the Harvesting Freedom Campaign will be embarking on a caravan starting in Leamington, Ontario on September 4th, 2016  and traveling to its final stop in Ottawa on October 2nd and 3rd. The caravan, consisting of migrant workers and allies, will be making several stops and solidarity actions in towns across Southern Ontario along their route.

Here are the updated dates and places we are hitting with the Caravan.

LEAMINGTON Sunday Sept 4
Workers general meeting and dinner in the birthplace of Justice For Migrant Workers.

WINDSOR Monday Sept 5- Tuesday Sept 6
Look for us in the marching in Windsor Labour Day Parade and afterwards in the Fogolar Furlan Club BBQ!

CHATHAM Wednesday Sept 7
Join the caravan for a discussion and screening of Migrant Dreams from 7-9 pm at UNIFOR Local 127, 405 Riverview Dr, Chatham.

BLENHEIM Thursday Sept 8
Event for J4MW farmworker members
*** Fundraiser for the Caravan in Toronto, check out the details here!

LONDON Friday Sep 9- Saturday Sept 10
For Friday Sept 9, there will be a dinner to receive the Caravan, details TBA.
On Saturday Sept 10, the Harvesting Freedom campaign will visit the farmers market, details TBA.
In the evening, the caravan will host a discussion, meal and screening of Migrant Dreams, details here.

TILLSONBURG Sunday Sept 11
Event for J4MW farmworker members

BRANTFORD Tuesday Sept 13
6:30pm Solidarity vigil to call for better housing for migrant workers. Site of bunkhouse that burned down near Oakland, Ontario. 607 or 613 Burtch Road, Mount Pleasant, Brant, Ontario. See press release for more details.

SIX NATIONS Wednesday Sept 14
The caravan will visit and have a gathering with the Six Nations community.

BRANTFORD Wednesday Sept 14
There will be a community/classroom discussion from 2:30-4pm at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford Campus, Room OD-110, hosted by Professor Janet McLaughlin. The event will include a short film clip and panel discussion featuring documentary filmmaker Aaraon Diaz, migrant worker Gabriel Allahdua, and Lisa Diamond, a local resident who has led community efforts to support workers whose area bunkhouse was destroyed by a fire.

LANGFORD Thursday Sept 15
Community dinner, film screening and discussion at Langford School House from 6-9 pm. The address is 1694 Colborne Street East, Brantford.

SIMCOE Friday Sept 16
Event for J4MW farmworker members

WOODSTOCK Saturday Sept 17
The caravan will visit the local Farmers Market from 10am- 12pm at the Woodstock Fairgrounds, 875 Nellis Street, Woodstock

GUELPH Saturday Sept 17-19
On Sept 17, there will be a film screening of Migrant Dreams. 7-9pm in Room 102, Rozanski Hall, University of Guelph. Director Min Sook Lee and others will join in a community panel/Q&A following the screening. RSVP on the Facebook event. If you have accessibility needs, please contact Brad ( Please click here for the event poster.

On Sunday the 18th, the Caravan will honour the life and work of Professor Kerry Preibisch in Guelph.

On Monday Sept 19 we will pay a community visit to the WSIB office at 9am to demand justice for injured migrant farmworkers! They are located at 100 Stone Road West, Guelph.

WATERLOO Monday Sept 19
Harvesting Change all day event, featuring Professors Nandita Sharma, David Griffith, Leigh Binford, Janet McLaughlin and Jenna Hennebry in a morning academic panel, lunch, and a community panel featuring Justicia/caravan organizers and others. Click on this event page for more details. Registration is required.

KITCHENER Tuesday Sept 20
UNIFOR Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Committee will be hosting the Caravan for a community gathering. The event will take place from 5:30 pm at UNIFOR Local 1106 Union Hall, located at 1600 Wabanaki Drive, Kitchener.

ST CATHARINES Wednesday Sept 21
The Harvesting Freedom Caravan will be in Brock University watching documentary films Migrant Dreams and hosting a community discussion from 5-8 pm. We will be in room THISTLE (TH) 258. Brock is at 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way Street, St Catharines. RSVP on the Facebook event

BEAMSVILLE Thursday Sept 22
Event with farmworkers from the Niagara region

HAMILTON Friday Sept 23- Sat Sept 24
On Friday Sept 23rd, join us for a fundraiser to support the caravan! It will be at New Visions Church at 24 Main Street West from 7 pm to midnight.
On Saturday Sept 24 we will attend the Hamilton Farmers’ Market, located at 35 York Boulevard, Hamilton.

ST CATHARINES Saturday Sept 24
Demonstration at the Niagara Wine Festival Grande Parade, 9am-11am. Please join us at Montebello Park at the corner of Lake and Queen St for a demonstration to demand justice, and status, for migrant farm workers. We will be giving out information to the public, and displaying messages from local migrant workers about their experiences. You are welcome to hold a sign in their place, or bring your own sign. We will have limited materials on site for people to create their own signs. Get in touch if you want to take part (harvestingfreedomcampaign@gmail). Facebook event info here.

TORONTO Sunday Sept 25
Rise up and come out to the Harvesting Freedom Caravan action in Toronto while enjoying a pancake breakfast!
Later in the day join us for the Toronto screening of Migrant Dreams!
Help the Caravan close the day at Black Creek Community Farm event with food, hang outs and performances!

DURHAM Monday Sept 26
Join the Caravan from 6-8 pm for a community event and documentary showing of Migrant Dreams at the West Front Atrium of Trent University Durham Campus, located at 55 Thornton Road South, Oshawa, ON.

COBOURG Tuesday Sept 27
The Harvesting Freedom Caravan will be marching through Cobourg at 3 pm, start up location TBA.
In the evening, we hope you can come to a community forum from 5:15- 6:30 pm at Horizons of Friendship at 50 Covert Street, Cobourg.
The campaign will also host a dinner and workshop for farmworkers later in the evening.

KINGSTON Wednesday Sept 28- Thurs Sept 29
On Wednesday, the Caravan will host a community conversation from 2:30-4 pm at Queens University as a part of the Cultural Studies Seminar Series, details TBA. At 7pm (Sept 28) on the second floor of 120 Princess Street (The Screening Room), there will be a free screening of the documentary Migrant Dreams – click here for details.
Thursday Sept 29 we will host another conversation from 1-2:30pm at Mackintosh-Corry Hall D214, Queens University as a part of the SNID series.

OTTAWA Oct 1-3
On Saturday Oct 1, the Harvesting Freedom will be part of the One World Film Festival, details here.
On Sunday Oct 2nd, we will flyer Ottawa farmers markets, details TBA.
On Monday, Oct 3rd, join us for THE CARAVAN BIG FINALE. It will happen from 12noon-1:30pm, 365 Laurier Ave West. This will include a demonstration in front of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to demand justice for the tens of thousands of farmworkers who have put food on Canadian tables for the last 50 years without any chance to lay roots in the country. RSVP on the Facebook event.

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