March for Rights Respect and Fair Food!!!
On March 3rd, workers from Immokalee and their allies from across the state and the country will begin a two-week, 175-mile march from Ft. Myers to Publix corporate headquarters in Lakeland, Florida. The marchers will be calling on Publix to join the CIW’s Fair Food Program, the groundbreaking system of human rights standards, worker-to-worker education, and market-based enforcement mechanisms that is transforming Florida’s tomato fields into a model for social responsibility in the US produce industry.
DC Fair Food will be organizing a caravan to head down to Florida for the last, culminating weekend of the action!
The caravan will leave at approximately 5pm on Thursday, March 14th, 2013 and returning to DC at approximately 8am on Monday, March 18th 2013.
We want YOU to come with us to Florida!
- Email us to RSVP or get more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check out the Facebook event to see who else is coming!
The Fair Food movement began nearly thirteen years ago, in February of 2000, when farmworkers from Immokalee — who until then had been largely locked in anonymous battle with Florida tomato growers within the boundaries of Immokalee — joined forces with students, people of faith, and everyday consumers to take their call for “Dignity, Dialogue, and a Fair Wage” on the road. With little more than a map to guide them, a field truck to carry their supplies, and a 12-ft tall replica of the Statue of Liberty made of fabric, plaster and duct tape to lead the way, they took off on a two-week long trek from Ft. Myers to the offices of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association in Orlando.
In 2000 the CIW and allies marched for justice:
“The two-week, 230-mile “March for Dignity, Dialogue, and a Fair Wage” (right) begins in Ft. Myers…”
In 2013 the CIW and allies will march again:
“Join us as we take to the streets again for the two-week “March for Rights, Respect and Fair Food” from Ft. Myers to Lakeland, Florida!”