Fair Food Austin: Tell Publix to Do the Right Thing!

 Hey Friends!

 
We are writing to ask you to sign this
which
we need 10,000 more signatures on. The petition will be delivered to Publix
Grocery Corp in Tampa, FL next week during the Do the Right Thing March, and
we need your help making sure it has the biggest impact. Make sure you put
your name on it, and forward it to some friends and family. See below for
more info, and thanks for all your support! Look out for updates and
report-backs in your inbox from the Do the Right Thing Tour and March in the
coming weeks, and stay tuned to see how Publix fares in the wake of
thousands demanding they step up their accountability to working conditions
in the tomato fields!
 
In Solidarity,
Fair Food Austin
 
Tell Publix to Sell Slave-Free Tomatoes
Targeting: Ed Crenshaw (CEO Publix Supermarkets), Maria Brous (Director of
Media & Community Relations for Publix), and Dwaine Stevens (Media &
Community Relations Manager)
Started by: Student Farmworker Alliance <http://www.change.org/sfalliance>
 
You'd think a Florida-based company would care about men and women being
enslaved in their own backyard, right? In Publix Supermarket's case, that's
so wrong. Publix, one of the largest supermarket chains in Florida, has not
only refused to address the slavery and exploitation of farm workers in
their own backyard, they've practically laughed at it. According to Publix?s
Media and Community Relations Manager Dwaine Stevens,
 
?We don?t have any plans to sit down with the CIW because it's not our
issue... If there are some atrocities going on, it?s not our business. Maybe
it?s something the government should get involved with.?
 
None of your business, Publix? Actually, when you sell tomatoes picked by
enslaved or exploited farm workers, slavery is a huge part of your business
-- it's in your business model, your business profits, and in the loss of
business that happens when customers choose to shop at a supermarket that
cares about workers.
 
Publix should follow the lead of many other leading companies in Florida and
sign the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Campaign for Fair Food, which
raises farmworker wages by a penny per pound of tomatoes and creates
protections against slavery and exploitation. It's time Publix supported the
workers of Florida and started selling slave-free tomatoes.
 

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