Most farmworkers are married and/or have children; yet almost six out of ten farmworkers live apart from their immediate family members.
Calling NC businesses, churches, and student groups to sign CIW Fair Food Letter
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an organization of Florida farmworkers, is seeking support from North Carolina organizations for their work to bring justice and dignity to the Florida tomato fields and beyond.
The CIW has won agreements with 12 major food retailers including Taco Bell, McDonald’s and Walmart for better pay and just working conditions for tomato pickers in Florida. The result of these agreements, the Fair Food Program, is now in place across 90% of Florida’s tomato industry and bringing never-before-seen rights to farmworkers. But Publix, Florida’s major grocer, continues to refuse to join the Fair Food Program to put its purchasing power behind human rights for farmworkers, even after a five year campaign of letter writing, protesting, fasting and marching. Now, Publix is focused on expanding into North Carolina, with plans to open over a dozen stores in the next year. The CIW is asking its allies in NC to send Publix the message that they do not want them to expand in NC so long as they deny recognition and rights to farmworkers in Florida.
TAKE ACTION: Would your business, church, organization, or student group be willing to sign on to this letter urging Publix to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Fair Food Program? The deadline for signing is Monday, November 17. The plan is for CIW to publish the letter with all the signatures in a newspaper the week of Thanksgiving. Please contact SAF's Advocacy and Organizing Director Nadeen Bir to have your group sign on to the attached letter.