The Unitarians are banding together with Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to provide a day of classes and and info picket for farm workers and fair food! Come to the bits you like best!
Coalition of Immokalee Workers will be appearing Nov 1, 2009 at both Unitarian churches in Orlando to hold classes about farm workers! They will teach us what life as a tomato picker is like and the human rights obstacles they face. Presentation is free to anyone — families welcome.
You can attend these at
Room 9 in the Education Building 9:30 – 10:30 AM at
First Unitarian Church of Orlando
1901 E. Robinson St
Orlando, FL 32803
Main Building from 12 – 1 PM
University Unitarian Universalist Society
11648 McCulloch Rd
Orlando, FL 32817
The precedent-setting agreements with Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King, Whole Foods, Subway, and Bon Appetit to improve wages and conditions for tomato pickers include the first real wage increase for farmworkers in 30 years, a code of conduct against abuses–with zero tolerance for slavery, and farmworker participation in monitoring improved conditions. To date, three Florida growers have committed to implement these fair food agreements.
Yet Publix, whose sales in the first half of 2009 topped $12 billion, refuses to pay just one more penny per pound to improve wages for tomato pickers and work with the CIW to guarantee fair conditions for those who pick its tomatoes. What’s more, Publix continues to knowingly purchase tomatoes from two tomato growers implicated in a recent farmworker slavery operation.
In the afternoon at 2:30 PM, Coalition of Immokalee Workers moves on to hold a peaceful, information picket at the Publix on Shine and Colonial to raise awareness for the plight of the farm workers. It is part of a month long info picket at various Publix supermarkets in the state of Florida.Join farm workers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in calling for fair wages and human rights at a Publix near you:
Sun., November 1st at 2:30 pm
Educational Picket in front of Publix
1400 E Colonial Drive, Orlando
Can’t wait until Sunday? Come in costume on Sat., October 31st at 2 pm for a Halloween-themed Event in front of Publix 2015 Edgewater Drive, Orlando
And mark your calendars to join us at Publix Headquarters on Dec. 5, 2009 in Lakeland!