01 Mar '12, 11am
Publix humiliation: Workers, students fasting for fair food
On March 5, dozens of Florida farmworkers will stop eating. In a week-long Fast for Fair Food , they will sit on the grassy swards of Publix Supermarket headquarters in Lakeland, Florida, their weary bodies on display to the upper management of Florida’s largest private corporation. Those managers and chiefs have refused to sign something called the Fair Food Agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an agreement which would stop the company from purchasing tomatoes from suppliers who abuse workers, and pass on an extra penny per pound of tomatoes directly to the workers. After over two years of emails, petitions, letters, massive marches and demonstrations, the farmworkers will turn to this most basic of arguments: we are real people, with vulnerable bodies that do not deserve the abuse they receive. And we are fiercely committed.