This is the work and movement my daughter has been involved in for several years. I am honored to be able to support her and the amazing Coalition of Immokalee Workers in whatever way possible, starting with an action this Sunday.
If you are in the San Diego area, please join us to call on final fast food holdout Wendy’s to respect farmworkers’ rights!
Between Ahold USA becoming the 14th corporation to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program, the expansion of the Fair Food Program to thousands more workers in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and New Jersey, and the growing pressure on Wendy’s, it’s been a momentous summer to be part of the ally movement to the CIW. The CIW is realizing the dreams of dignity and respect in the fields that thousands of farmworkers and their allies have worked towards for decades.
Yet in the face of these tremendous gains, Wendy’s remains the only of the five major fast food corporations to still refuse becoming part of the proven solution to farmworker exploitation — despite countless community marches and pickets, an ongoing Boot the Braids campaign to end university ties with Wendy’s, and the growing national student boycott of Wendy’s.
So as we enter the fall season, I am inviting all local Fair Food supporters to take ACTION this SUNDAY at the Wendy’s at El Cajon Blvd for a “Schooling Wendy’s” Week of Action!
Where: Wendy’s 2825 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104
When: Sunday, October 4th
Time: 12:00 – 2:00
What: We will do a letter delivery asking Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program and participate in a picket in front of the restaurant with signs, chants, music, and a huge heart to show our support to the CIW!
I will host a SIGN-MAKING GATHERING on SATURDAY
Where: My house
When: Saturday, October 3rd
Time: 12:00 – 2:00
What: We will create colorful signs and messages! SUPPLIES will be provided, but if you have markers, please bring them.
Join us to call on Wendy’s to “make the grade” and respect farmworker rights! Send me a message with any questions or for more information. See you in the streets!
The CIW is about to enter the fifth full season of implementation of the worker-created Fair Food Program’, which in four short years has resulted in massive improvements to farmworkers’ wages and working conditions in Florida tomato fields, creating conditions of dignity and respect where for centuries have existed deep-rooted exploitation and poverty.
By committing to the FFP, participating retailers agree to purchase exclusively from Florida tomato suppliers who meet a series of more humane labor standards, among them a zero-tolerance policy for slavery and sexual harassment. Participating corporations also pay a “penny-per-pound” premium, which is passed down through the supply chain and paid out to workers by their employers. Since the Program’s inception in 2011, buyers have paid over $16 million into the FFP.
For the first time this summer, the Program expanded to tomato fields beyond Florida — to Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and New Jersey — where thousands of workers participated in worker-to-worker education to learn about their new rights under the Fair Food Program. Like its competitors, Wendy’s must join the Program in order to ensure its continued success!
“Tens of thousands of Florida farmworkers are experiencing never-before-seen rights as a result of the Fair Food Program,” says Santiago Perez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. “We seek now to continue to expand those basic human rights protections to the hundreds of thousands of workers beyond the tomato fields and beyond Florida — but Wendy’s participation in the Program is essential to that expansion.”
If you haven’t already watched the documentary, FOOD CHAINS, about the wonderful work the CIW is doing, I highly recommend you do so.