Hey everyone! This is the first entry for the Kelley School Alternative Winter Break program’s trip to Mt. Olive, NC to work with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, or FLOC. FLOC is both a social movement and a labor union whose main focus is on migrant workers in the agricultural industry; however, it is FLOC's mission to fight for full justice for those who have been marginalized and exploited for the benefit of others (to find out more about FLOC check out their website here.) There are six of us on the trip: Logan, Dawood, Nicole, Yang, Jenny, and me (Jon).
We are all pretty worn out right now. We left Bloomington around 8:30 this morning and just got into town about an hour ago. It was a solid 13-hour ride. The six of us and all of our bedding and suitcases were crammed into a Chevy Tahoe with a trunk that was barely deep enough to fit a case of water…awesome.
The car ride was pretty interesting. Lots of rolling mountains. In fact, I think that was all we saw in West Virginia. There was a yogurt eating contest between Logan and Dawood, a game or two of Fact or Crap, and an eclectic mix of music that played all the way from Bloomington to Mt. Olive.
Two of the FLOC members were kind enough to let us sleep at their apartments so that is where we will be staying for the week. We are starting around 9am with breakfast and orientation tomorrow. Then we will do some brainstorming about what projects we will be working on this week. We are all really excited for what’s in store but aren’t really sure what to expect yet. Well, looks like we are getting ready to go to sleep. Hopefully we will be able to check in with some pics, videos, and more details tomorrow!