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Fair Food Takes Root: January 2012 – October 2012

“Sum of Us” are getting tired of Trader Joe’s foot dragging on Fair Food!

Online petition calling on Trader Joe’s to sign Fair Food agreement latest indication that patience with “ethical grocer” is growing short among concerned consumers… Sum of Us, the “movement of consumers, workers and shareholders speaking with one voice to counterbalance the growing power of large corporations,” has stepped into the ring in the battle to win Trader Joe’s commitment to the Fair Food Program, and they’ve done so with a sharply-worded new online petition out today. Here’s an excerpt: “You know Trader Joe’s – the grocery chain that bills itself as an ethical alternative to the big-name stores? Well, it […]

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HUGE new initiative promises to “Move Mountains”!

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, “Strength to Love,” 1963 Interfaith Action, the network of people of faith and religious institutions that partners with the CIW in the Campaign for Fair Food, has launched a pivotal new initiative designed to rally the power of prayer to move Publix from “isolation and hesitation… into communication and cooperation with the CIW.” From the Interfaith Action website: Carrying on Martin Luther King’s legacy, Florida clergy announced “Faith Moves Mountains”–a spiritual campaign which urges […]

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Trader Joe’s set to open first Florida store… on Immokalee Road!

This should be interesting… On February 10, Trader Joe’s will be opening its first store in Florida. Where? About 30 miles from Immokalee, on the road that connects Immokalee to Naples. While this is surely a coincidence, it is one that cannot be ignored, and workers from Immokalee, together with their Southwest Florida allies, are planning a warm welcome for their newest neighbor. On Friday, Feb. 10, farmworkers will bike the 35 miles to the corner of Immokalee Road and 41 in Naples where they will hold a protest and press conference in conjunction with Trader Joe’s grand opening celebration. […]

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Martin Sheen pens powerful letter to Trader Joe’s CEO

Martin Sheen pens powerful letter to Trader Joe’s CEO Dan Bane in “fervent support” of the Campaign for Fair Food! Sheen: “Frankly it is both surprising and deeply disappointing that Trader Joe’s has yet to make a binding commitment to support the CIW’s Fair Food Program”… Martin Sheen (shown above with Wilson Perez of the CIW at last fall’s School of the America’s gathering in Columbus, Georgia, where Mr. Sheen gave a moving speech on the power of non-violent protest in the pursuit of human rights) is an Emmy Award-winning actor and widely respected activist for human rights. And, fortunately […]

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