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Fair Food Program to the Fore: November 2012 – October 2013

2012 Thanksgiving Week of Supermarket Action Report

Photo and media report from the Thanksgiving Week of Action!

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A Tale of Two Thanksgivings…

(click on the expand icon — the four arrows in the bottom right corner — for optimal viewing) This holiday season, ask Publix to join us at the Fair Food table… The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time again to gather around the table with loved ones to celebrate another year of life together, of new beginnings and old friends, of triumphs and of the challenges ahead. The holiday table unites us, and reminds us that — no matter how high, or low, our day to day lives may take us — in the end, we always […]

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The first law of social change dynamics: For every action there is an equal and attendant reflection…

For every action there is an equal and attendant reflection…

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November 12 Publix Action

Allies from the Unitarian Universalist congregations from across Florida joined farmworkers from Immokalee and their families this past Saturday in Port Charlotte, FL, calling on Publix to not only come to the Thanksgiving table, but to join the 11 corporate buyers at the table of the Fair Food Program.

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Publix protest in Ft. Myers

Publix protest in Ft. Myers, FL portent of things to come in next week’s Thanksgiving Week of Supermarket Action! This past weekend, dozens of farmworkers from Immokalee and their local Southwest Florida allies joined forces for a spirited protest outside of a brand new Publix store in north Ft. Myers, crashing the grand opening party with a clear, compelling message of economic justice. From the local FOX affiliate, WFTX-TV, report on the protest: “FORT MYERS, Fla. – Protestors were not welcome on Publixs’ property but their message was clear. ‘We are farm workers and we have families,’ said Silvia Perez. […]

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The real news out of the Florida tomato industry…

From the 1960 PBS piece “Harvest of Shame” to modern-day slavery cases and disturbing reports about sexual harassment, it is now an indisputable reality that farm labor is one of the most fundamentally impoverished and abusive — and fundamentally necessary — jobs in the United States. Though no less deplorable, the existence of these conditions is neither new nor surprising any longer.

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The REAL news coming out of Florida’s fields today…

Workers learn about their rights under the Fair Food Program during a worker-to-worker education session on an Immokalee area farm. An article in The Atlantic by food writer Barry Estabrook, “Tomato School: Undoing the Evils of the Fields,” reports on a recent education session and the impact of the Fair Food Program on the Florida tomato industry, describing the industry’s trajectory from “one of the most repressive employers in the country… to being on the road to becoming the most progressive group in the fruit and vegetable industry.” Farm labor advances under Fair Food Program spark call for Thanksgiving Supermarket […]

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Rural women play critical role; Food movement rising; Talking poverty… It must be time for a media round-up!

Food movement rising; Talking poverty… It must be time for a media round-up!

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