Sunday, March 9
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wendy's Corporate Headquarters
Friends of Slow Food,
We have an opportunity to make a big difference in the American food system this weekend, and we urge you to take part.
We’ve written about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers before. Since the slave-labor conditions that these workers suffer in Florida’s tomato fields was brought to light in 2009, the CIW has worked to secure fair food agreements with major retailers around the country. They’ve succeeded with Yum Brands, McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, and Chipotle, but they have yet to make any headway with Dublin-based Wendy’s.
This weekend, Ohio Fair Food wants to change that. They’ve asked us to join 50-70 Immokalee workers and hundreds of food justice activists from around the country on the Ohio leg of their “Now is the Time” tour. Events include:
Saturday, March 8
6:30pm — Vigil at Wendy’s (9th & High, OSU campus, Columbus)
8:30pm — Community Concert at Summit UMC (82 E 16th, Columbus)
Sunday, March 9
2:00pm — MARCH TO WENDY’S HQ FOR FARMWORKER JUSTICE! (Meet at Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Pkwy, Dublin; roughly 45 min. walk along 161 through Dublin)
More details are here, on their Facebook page.
Please consider coming out for some or all of these events. One of the most awful and pernicious aspects of the industrialized food system is its secrecy: as you well know, when voting with your fork it can be a big challenge to do so ethically. Uncovering and publicizing the plight of workers in Florida’s tomato fields was a huge step forward. Please join us in showing the management of Wendy’s how strongly their neighbors object to their continued support of these practices.
Chair, Chapter Board
Slow Food Columbus
p.s. If you’re looking for something warm to wear, consider showing your colors with a Slow Food Columbus hoodie, by American Apparel, from Skreened.