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BREAKING: National faith leaders announce major Wendy’s Boycott fast and action for January 18, 2018, on the 20th anniversary of farmworkers’ 30-day hunger strike!

Faith leaders: “Clergy of all faiths have the singular privilege in their societal location to raise the moral issue of the human rights abuses faced by farmworkers, to give of their time and resources to the building of a new economy. It is vital, in the spirit of unity and justice, that we respond to that call.”United Church of Christ General Minister and President Rev. John Dorhauer, author and public theologian Brian McLaren (right), and 30+ clergy commit to National Day of Fasting and Witness in January, with more on their way…On January 18, 2018, faith leaders from around the country […]

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Part One: CIW Women’s Group Harvest without Violence Tour arrives in Columbus!

Farmworkers debut new Harvest without Violence Mobile Exhibit, join forces with religious leaders from across Columbus, ahead of protest at Wendy’s corporate headquarters…This past weekend, the CIW Women’s Group, accompanied by CIW members and allies, rolled into Columbus, Ohio, on the first of two Harvest without Violence Tours.  The ensuing days were a whirlwind of consumer education and action in support of the workers’ demand that Wendy’s take responsibility for — and help end — violence against farmworker women in its supply chain by joining the Fair Food Program.  The weekend’s jam-packed agenda included the debut of the new Harvest without Violence Mobile Exhibit, a moving […]

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Faith leaders reflect on the meaning of fasting for farmworker justice…

Author and pastor Brian McLaren: “My fast is a small act. But it strengthens my resolve to keep working and speaking out every day for the just, generous, and joyful world God desires for all of us – including my neighbors who are working hard in the fields even now. I hope you’ll join me.”Just last weekend, dozens of faith leaders across Florida ended their monthlong rolling fast for farmworker justice.  In addition to the beautiful sermons shared at last Sunday’s closing service — and the spirited Wendy’s picket that followed the service — faith leaders composed powerful reflections on their […]

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The march may be over, but its impact just keeps going and going!

In recent days, inspired by their time marching alongside farmworkers, many groups are turning up the heat on Publix.

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In wake of Fast, Florida clergy take Publix to task…

Op/Eds in Florida papers challenge Publix to take a stand for farm labor rights! Florida clergy are taking to the newspapers in the state’s largest cities to denounce Publix’s cold indifference to workers’ and consumers’ calls to support the CIW’s Fair Food Program, or what one writer calls “the rot at the center of what would otherwise be a stellar company.” Just days after workers broke their six-day fast outside Publix headquarters in Lakeland, op/eds written by Florida clergy have appeared in the Jacksonville Florida Times Union and the Orlando Sentinel calling on Publix to stop fighting the Fair Food […]

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4th of July Farmworker Freedom Fest!…

UCC leads more than 450 Fair Food activists
in huge march on Tampa Publix

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Farmworker Freedom March Photo Report

July 4th, 2011, Farmworker Freedom March with delegates to the UCC General Synod, Tampa

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On the Occasion of the Groundbreaking Agreement between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Pacific Tomato Growers

Today we celebrate the groundbreaking agreement between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Pacific Tomato Growers. We are grateful to witness this display of social responsibility. This agreement will bring about basic rights for farmworkers. We hope and pray that the spirit of collaboration exhibited by the CIW and Pacific Tomato Growers leads the way to a future in which farmworkers and farmers work together with respect for the dignity of all persons whose labor makes possible our nation’s food.

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In Support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Burger King Campaign

God’s concern for the poor is at the heart of our Christian ethic of economic justice. Our biblical heritage teaches us that caring for the poor, the least, the orphaned, the widowed, and the stranger are central to our understanding of God’s mercy and our willingness to welcome Christ among us. As people who follow the example of Jesus by lifting up the image of table as a primary understanding of Christian life, fellowship, and stewardship, we must humbly acknowledge and confess that those who harvest the bounty of food for our tables are often unable to feed their own families due to unjust wage structures.

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UCC Letter to Burger King

At the Annual Meeting of the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ held this past May, a resolution by the delegates was passed “In Support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Burger King Campaign

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