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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 20:08

Coalition of Immokalee Workers Update

Written by  Coalition of Immokolee Workers, compiled by Team SCPA

Posted Sept. 22, 2015
Labor, Business + Politics, cont'd.

Report from Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Sept. 22, 2015

Dozens of Lakeland community members and Southeastern University students watch “Food Chains,” lead candlelight vigil outside Publix store in company’s hometown…

In a powerful evening of reflection and action, students and community members of the central Florida city of Lakeland, Florida — Publix’s corporate hometown and the site of six years’ worth of Fair Food marches, rallies, and fasts — gathered to express their displeasure at Publix’s continued refusal to join the Fair Food Program. …
… This past Thursday, in a classroom just miles from Fair Food holdout Publix’s corporate headquarters in Lakeland, FL, a crowd of over sixty Southeastern University students, professors, staff, and Lakeland community members gathered to learn about the CIW’s groundbreaking work for farmworker justice and of the shameful, six-year refusal of their hometown supermarket, Publix, to join the CIW’s Fair Food Program. …

… Silvia Perez of the CIW (Coalition of Immokalee Workers) delivered a powerful message on the CIW’s long call to Publix to come to the table with farmworkers:

“There are now fourteen corporations that are part of the Fair Food Program, and we want Publix to be among them — to take responsibility for human rights in their supply chain. ... Over the past six years, we have taken so many forms of public witness here in Lakeland — a six-day fast, a peaceful march of 200 miles, prayers inside the store.  We’ve done so much to communicate this call to Publix, and in all this time, they refused to even dialogue. ...


The Fair Food Program

Established by Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the program is a partnership among farmers, farm workers, and retail food companies that ensures 'humane' wages... touted as 'one of the great human rights success stories of our day' ...

The Coaltion of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gener-based vio0lence at work. More:

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