I met with a group of Vanderbilt University students (and others) who were traveling from Tennessee to Tampa, Florida to stand in solidarity with farm workers protesting for better pay. The students are part of a Workers Dignity Project out of Nashville. Katy Savage said to me that the farm workers are “being squeezed” by corporations these days. One of the corporations, according to Ms. Savage, is the grocery store chain Publix, which is apparently not paying a fair enough price for produce. (The pickets will be staged in front of these stores.) …Several years ago, we toured the San Joaquin Valley in California looking at migrant farm worker issues. At the Chavez Center in Keene, California, we learned farm workers were woefully underpaid and lived in what amounted to shacks. What’s more, throughout the Valley there were a high frequency of “cancer clusters,” with farm workers regularly exposed to large amounts of pesticides. With the ongoing treatment of these farm workers, we still have in essence a ‘slave class’ in this country. As president I’d make it a priority to dramatically switch this around. For our position paper on this, see… Note: Bumper sticker sighting in Atlanta over the weekend: Why doesn’t America lead the world in saving the planet?