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#IAmAnImmigrant Day of Action

October 22, 2019

On October 22, Chispas participated in the I Am An Immigrant campaign with our annual Day of Action by showcasing our immigrant and ally community on campus through a beautiful display of butterflies, our Gators Dream Forward mascot. Students met with us in Turlington Plaza to decorate a butterfly for our display, which is expected to be showcased in La Salita or La Casita. 

#IAmAnImmigrant honors each of our families’ sacrifices, struggles, and successes—America’s strength is reflected in our diversity over generations. The initiative is powered by and Moroccan immigrant and new U.S. citizen French Montana has recently become their very first ambassador. 

There are entertainers, elected officials, and over 50 campuses around the country joining the #IAmAnImmigrant Campaign to celebrate the diverse heritage of our nation.

At Turlington Plaza on October 22 from 11am-2pm we embraced and showcased the diversity of the University of Florida. 

Boot the Braids March

March 14, 2019

On the final day of the five-city, two-week “4 for Fair Food Tour,” nearly 500 protesters – equal parts farmworkers, students, and community members – wove as one through the University of Florida’s picturesque campus in a colorful and boisterous demonstration.  They were fed up with the UF administration’s willingness to turn a deaf ear to students’ concerns, calling on UF President Kent Fuchs to cut the university’s contract with Wendy’s, without further delay, until Wendy’s joins fast-food industry leaders McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Chipotle, and Taco Bell in requiring its tomato suppliers to meet the stringent human rights standards of the Presidential medal-winning Fair Food Program.

The march caught the attention of the press (see coverage from Gainesville’s local NPR station here, and the editorial in The Alligator here) as well as countless bystanders with its powerful message, its eye-catching sea of signs, banners, and puppets, and its diverse – and joyous – community of protesters.

BTB Presents: Hear our Silence

November 15, 2018

President Fuchs: UF students demand Wendy’s removal from our campus!

We refuse to let the University of Florida - one of the top agricultural schools in the country - off the hook for doing business with a company that tolerates human rights abuses in its supply chain!

UF students are joining young people across the country to denounce Wendy’s blatant disregard for farmworkers’ rights – and hold our university accountable for its complicity in sexual violence and modern slavery in the fields. The Boot the Braids campaign at UF is a student-led effort to remove Wendy’s from campus until the fast-food company joins the award-winning Fair Food Program.

Join the growing movement to Boot the Braids from UF to send the message to Wendy’s that sexual violence and exploitation have no place on our campuses or in our food system and to call on UF TO HEAR OUR SILENCE!

Beat I.C.E. March

October 22, 2019