Action: Coalition of Immokalee Workers

In accordance with our UU values, our Ethical Eating statement of conscience, and many previous Actions of Immediate Witness affirming the human dignity and value of farmworkers as members of our communities and food networks, the UU Earth and Social Justice Ministries suggests that you attend this meeting and the action which follows:

Friday, March 7, 2014
12:30 PM: Community Lunch and Presentation
First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St

2:30 PM: Protest at Publix for Farmworker Justice
1830 Hendersonville Rd
(Site of old KMart across from Rush Fitness)

On Friday, March 7, a bus full of Florida farmworkers will be arriving in Asheville as part their 10-day, 10-city “Now is the Time” Tour. Join them for an afternoon of education and action!

For the past two decades, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has led a struggle to transform poverty wages and abusive working conditions in the fields. Alongside allies across the country, CIW has won agreements with 12 of the biggest corporate retailers on the planet and created the groundbreaking Fair Food Program (FFP).

Where once wage theft, physical abuse, and sexual harassment were commonplace, fair wages, dignity and respect are taking root. But even as the light of this new day is dawning, the struggle continues. For four years, Florida’s hometown grocer, Publix, has stonewalled farmworkers’ requests for dialogue, claiming no responsibility for conditions in the company’s supply chain.

Now, Publix is expanding into North Carolina, planning to open its first Asheville store in 2015. Come stand with farmworkers as they take their message of truth and hope on the road!

For more information, contact: joe@sfalliance.org

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About Elizabeth Mount

Seminarian, UU, organizer, and badass. For faith, justice, and interdependent existence.
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