On this page (click on the link to go directly to the corresponding section):
i. 9-Mile March on Burger King
ii. Major Rally at Burger King Headquarters
iii. “Our World, Our Rights” Conference
iv. Concert for Fair Food
v. Info for Statewide & National Participants
vi. Registration Form: Click here to register for the March, Conference, and/or housing in Miami
9-MILE MARCH on BURGER KING!
Friday, November 30
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
NB: While all who are able are encouraged to join us for the entire march, we realize that a 9-mile march is prohibitive for many of our allies. For those who can't be with us for the entire march, please join us anywhere you can along the march route -- be it half-way, the final mile, or the final block! Click here to see all the march details, including the where, when, and how to join us!
March start site:
200 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33131
Click here for map to Goldman Sachs
March Details: Join the CIW in a nine-mile march, winding through the city of Miami and culminating at Burger King’s headquarters. The march begins in downtown Miami at the offices of Goldman Sachs – one of three multi-billion dollar private equity firms that own a controlling share of Burger King's stock – and passes several Burger King restaurants along the way to Burger King's corporate heaquarters near Miami's airport. Equipped with signs, art, puppets, banners and even marching musicians with their instruments in tow, we will deliver our message, that “Fair Food Will Reign," directly to Burger King’s doorstep.
The “Fair Food Will Reign” march follows an honored tradition of CIW marches for justice. In Miami, the CIW will be accompanied by both first-timers as well as longtime Florida allies with a history of walking shoulder to shoulder with Immokalee farmworkers for human rights in the fields. Some are veterans of the 230-mile “March for Dignity, Dialogue and a Fair Wage”, from Ft Myers, FL to Orlando in 2000, and the 34-mile “Root Cause People’s March” to the Free Trade Area of the Americas meetings in 2003, the CIW’s first foray by foot into Miami’s streets.
The March on Burger King comes in the wake of precedent-setting agreements with Yum Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company, and McDonald’s, the world’s largest restaurant chain, to address farmworker poverty, labor abuses and modern-day slavery. But facing this historic opportunity to join forces with its fast-food colleagues in forging a more modern, more humane agricultural industry in Florida, Burger King has opted instead for business as usual over progress, continued exploitation over justice. The “Fair Food Will Reign” march is the next step in moving Burger King to stand with Immokalee farmworkers in our fight for fundamental human rights.
Click here for complete march details, including march registration form, map of march route, travel info., and more.
MAJOR RALLY @ BURGER KING HQ
Friday, November 30 @ 3:30 PM
Burger King Corporate Headquarters
5505 Blue Lagoon Dr.
Miami, FL 33126
Click here for map
Rally Details: The rally at Burger King’s corporate headquarters will celebrate the marchers´ arrival and convey our message directly to Burger King executives at BK global headquarters: Fair Food Will Reign! Join us for an afternoon of art, theatre, music and inspiring words from Immokalee farmworkers, human rights champions, faith leaders, grassroots organizers and young activists. The program features the music of longtime CIW friends Son del Centro, Rebel Diaz, and Olmeca, and and speeches by Arlene Holt-Baker, Exec VP AFL-CIO, Eliseo Medina, Exec VP SEIU, and other union leaders from the nation and the region, international human rights activist and author Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, and religious leaders, including Bishop Felipe Estevez of the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami and Rev. Kent Siladi, Conference Minister of the United Church of Christ in Florida, among many more.
The rally will not only challenge the failure of leadership by Miami's own Burger King Corp to confront the human rights crisis thriving today in Florida´s fields, we will also honor those in Miami whose hard work has made important gains in bettering their communities: campaigns for housing rights in Liberty City, for justice in Overtown´s public schools, and for jobs with dignity in Fisher Island and at Nova University.
If Burger King thinks it can turn the growing movement for farm labor justice around, this rally will demonstrate that human rights will not be denied and will put the hamburger giant on official notice: Serfs up, Kings down!
“OUR WORLD, OUR RIGHTS” CONFERENCE
Saturday, December 1
8:30 am – 3:00 pm, followed by Concert for Fair Food
African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 NW 22nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33142
Conference Details: The “Our World, Our Rights” conference is a gathering of Fair Food allies from across the country, uniting to share our skills and the stories of our struggles, to listen and learn from one another, to celebrate collective victories and reflect together on strategies for triumphs not yet won.
Roundtable discussions will feature powerful voices from the frontlines of local and global movements for justice, from residents struggling for affordable housing in Miami to activists fighting modern-day slavery across the country. Author/activist/filmmaker Naomi Klein will be giving the keynote address.
The conference will be followed by the Concert for Fair Food (described below).
Click here for more info., including registration form, workshop schedule, travel info. and more.
CONCERT FOR FAIR FOOD
Saturday, December 1
4:00 – 7:00 pm
Bayfront Park (Tina Hills Pavilion)
(at southern end of park near Intercontinental Hotel)
301 N. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
Concert Details: The Concert for Fair Food will conclude two days of protest, education and reflection with a fantastic line-up of musical offerings from Miami and all across the country. Since the earliest days of the CIW´s fight for justice in Florida's fields, musicians have created a vital soundtrack to the Campaign for Fair Food, voices and melodies that have helped lift our struggle for fair pay, humane working conditions, and a voice in the food industry to unprecedented heights.
The Concert for Fair Food will bring together various musical styles and traditions, featuring: Son del Centro, a jarana-wielding Son Jarocho outfit from Santa Ana, CA who has performed and protested alongside the CIW at national rallies in Illinois, Kentucky and California; Rebel Diaz, a hip hop crew organizing in the South Bronx around immigration, education and housing issues; New Orleans' own Hot 8 Brass Band, blending hip-hop and funk styles with a traditional New Orleans brass sound, providing the soundtrack for causes from Hurricane Katrina relief to the Campaign for Fair Food; Las Krudas, an energetic Cuban hip-hop trio whose fiery lyrics speak to the struggle of women everywhere, plus the hard-hitting tunes of Kinto Sol, L.A.-based community organizer and truth teller Olmeca, and many more to be announced!
Click here for more info., including complete line-up of bands.
INFO FOR STATE-WIDE & NATIONAL PARTICIPANTS
Caravans are being organized from cities around Florida and around the country for allies to join the CIW this November 30th in Miami! Don't let transportation concerns keep you from being part of this historic protest -- "Get on the bus" headed to Miami from your commmunity and help us tell Burger King to "Get out the way!" of progress in November.
Click here for caravan info., housing registration form, travel tips, and more.