2012 Northeast Tour keeps rolling!
Silence and evasion from Stop & Shop, Giant, Chipotle reflects unjustifiable refusal to participate in Fair Food Program
The Northeast Tour has been a resounding success thus far, as the tour crew of CIW and SFA members has been greeted warmly and enthusiastically by scores of friends and allies, old and new, from Boston to Philadelphia, Carlisle to the New York City area.
The reception from Stop & Shop, Giant, Ahold and Chipotle representatives, however, has been a bit more muted.
- Visit the CIW site today and throughout the week for photo reports from the road and the continuing “Top Ten Countdown” of Chipotle’s lame excuses and fabrications in its response to the Campaign for Fair Food!
- In the Washington, DC area? Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, April 17 at 4:00pm at the Giant corporate offices in Landover for the final action of the 2012 Northeast Tour! Join farmworkers from Immokalee on the day of the Royal Ahold annual shareholder meeting in Amsterdam in calling on Giant and its parent company Ahold USA to move away from empty, unverifiable and unenforceable PR statements and move towardworking with the CIW for real social responsibility.
At every stop along the way thus far, representatives of Ahold, Giant, Stop & Shop and Chipotle have been utterly unwilling to have a real dialogue on their respective company’s untenable and inexplicable refusal to embrace the Fair Food Program and its promise for real, verifiable, concrete change in Florida’s fields. One Giant rep in particular revealed some interesting things about Ahold’s approach to ensuring (or not…) that its tomatoes are not harvested in conditions of exploitation or abuse… More on that later.
With each refusal, the resolve of the tour crew, allies in the Northeast, and the Fair Food Movement across the country only grows. Stay tuned…
the Immokalee crew
P.S. The CIW is featured in the new book “Food Movements Unite” from Food First. You can check out the CIW’s chapter here.
P.P.S. It’s been five years since our victory in the McDonald’s campaign!