As of today I have been a part of ILRF for about 6 months now. My time at ILRF has been great. I’ve learned about a lot of the things that Trina and her co-workers fight for. I learned about many laws that I didn’t know before. I was a junior but now I’m officially a senior at Bell MHS. Becoming this was very hard in a sense that I had to make sure all my work and grades were in tip top shape. I took time away from ILRF because school was getting hectic. While being gone I’ve noticed a change in how I see things.
Chocolate, bitter sweet chocolate; I was never really a fan of chocolate but I do admit to eating it, only now not so much. Every time I see a chocolate bar I think of ILRF. I think and wonder to myself of how this non-profit organization is trying to protect the rights of those who grow this very chocolate. One of my friends, Margarita plays a big role in me having to think so much, which isn’t bad. She loves chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, she loves it all. When she offers me some I sometimes say no only because I wonder where it came from and if I’m eating the chocolate that people have suffered to make.
Flowers; my grandmother buys flowers maybe every so often. She, with vases, puts them up in her room, her living room, and sometimes even in the window seal. Through ILRF I’ve herd and seen how workers from Ecuador and Colombia get mistreated, verbally and physically abused, sexually assaulted, and more in order for them to either keep their job or get a job. Flower workers do a lot to maintain, grow, and care for the flowers, I think of this everyday when I wake up and walk into my living room every morning and see a vase full with gorgeous flowers. I love flowers and so does she but now I see the real thrones that flowers bring.
Fruit, I love it. I love pineapple, bananas, honey dew, and much more. Once when I was in school a speaker came to talk to us about where pineapple was grown and by whom. Trina as well came to my school to talk about bananas. They both explained how the chain line works and what each member gets paid. I noticed that the one doing most of the work gets paid the least, which isn’t fair. I haven’t stopped eating these particular fruits because I love them so much but I have cut back, I guess. When the fruit is just right and waters my mouth I think to myself how hard these workers must have worked to get it just right.
Being an intern at ILRF as changed my way of thinking in more then food but these are the most visible. I’ve always wanted to help kids and families but never in the way that ILRF does. It was as if I had no clue that kids were being subjected and that women were treated unfairly. I never really paid attention to how people really get used and dominated in business because they are lower then their authority. I’ve learned to appreciate the good simple little things in life that people take for granted. This is also why I choose to write about chocolate, flowers, and fruits. I hope to think that if people were aware of this issue they would try to help. I hope in the long run I can also help in a great way.