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Fair Food Austin Stands With Farmworkers-Chipotle Day of Action for Coaliton of Immokalee Workers

 Members of Fair Food Austin and allies rallied outside the Mueller Chipotle restautant yesterday as part of the National Chipotle Day of Action.  Photos by Jason Cato.

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Chipotle National Day of Action: July 25th, 2012! 

Food With Integrity? Tell Chipotle to respect farmworkers' rights by holding an event at your local Chipotle Mexican Grill location

This July 25th, conscientious consumers from New York, D.C., Austin, Philly, and citiesacross the country are calling on Chipotle to respect the rights of farmworkers who pick the tomatoes that go into Chipotle burritos by asking Chipotle to commit to a Fair Food Agreement. 

Join us for the National Chipotle Day of Action by participating in one of the actions already taking place or organizing an event of your own. Thus far, Chipotle has refused to come to the table with farmworkers to sign a Fair Food Agreement, which would secure a wage increase and basic labor protections for workers in the fields of Florida. Take up the call to demand that Chipotle live up to its ethical image and help put an end to farmworker exploitation by making a long-term, transparent commitment to human rights. 

It's time for Chipotle to join ten other major corporations already doing the right thing. Chipotle has built its more than 1200 stores and $2.27 billion revenue on an image of serving “Food with Integrity.” Yet, their refusal to join the Fair Food Program threatens to undermine the historic progress being made toward ensuring farmworkers’ human rights. 

Fair Food Austin Reports Back on CIW's "Do The Right Thing" March


Video by CIW Video

We at Fair Food Austin wanted to write and thank each of you for your
support throughout these last few months, as we've been ramping up to hit
Florida's largest grocery store chain, Publix, with a serious message of
love and an equally serious demand for accountability by telling them to "Do
the Right Thing" and reach an agreement with the CIW (Coalition of Immokalee Workers).
 We truly appreciate the support of all those who donated, emailed,
read our news releases, and shown up at actions when needed,
and we look forward to continuing to work together.
 Please visit our blog <http://fairfoodaustin.blogspot.com> to
catch a report back from the trip to Tampa, along with media round-ups, a
couple photo reports, and a beautiful, inspiring video about the *teatro
popular,* or popular theatre, that was the centerpiece of the rally we held
in front of Publix on March 5.
Thanks again to everyone, and we'll see you in the struggle!
With Love,


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

 Hey Friends!

We are writing to ask you to sign this
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.

Help Bring Austin Fair Foodistas to Tampa!