April 16: Emancipation in 1862, but not 2011?

It’s time for the supermarkets to get on board with the Campaign for Fair Food, and build towards a world in which slavery is truly over.

In spite of support from nine other major buyers of tomatoes in the U.S. — including Ahold USA’s competitor Whole Foods, another major supermarket — Ahold USA refuses to work with the CIW in their efforts to combat well-documented exploitation of farmworkers. Almost 150 years ago, President Lincoln emancipated slaves in the District of Columbia in the midst of a long civil war that centered around the question of whether or not human beings were meant to be exploited and abused in the name of the profit of others.

The answer to that question was NO in 1862, and it is still NO in 2011.

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