Boot the Braids: Farmworkers fight Wendy’s

What: March for Fair Food Program
When: Tuesday, March 14, 12:30 pm
Where: Norman Lawn, UF

by Coalition of Immokalee Workers

From March 2-14, farmworkers from Immokalee, Florida, will travel across the nation to four of the country’s top public universities – the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ohio State University in Columbus, and the University of Florida in Gainesville – to join students and community members in calling on these institutions to end their relationships with Wendy’s until the fast-food giant joins the award-winning Fair Food Program. 

Young people, community leaders, and farmworkers are calling for a national boycott of the hamburger chain, demanding that, instead of cheap “4 for $4” deals, Wendy’s puts human rights on the menu.

In cutting into Wendy’s ability to operate with impunity while ignoring the plight of farmworkers, the University of Florida could begin to right the wrongs of its own history, building toward a future of not only Florida’s agricultural industry, but that of the nation, in which workers’ basic dignity is respected. 

This year, the 4 for Fair Food Tour will be bringing the full force of the Fair Food movement to UF’s doorstep: farmworkers and their families from Immokalee on the official cross-country tour, fresh off of visits to Chapel Hill, Columbus, and Ann Arbor; caravans from cities across the south; and more farmworkers and their families from Immokalee will be marching on UF Campus on March 14.

We will be gathering at Norman Lawn at 12:30pm and starting at 1pm. We would love to have UF Students, community leaders and any supporters come out to march alongside the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their families to demand that the University of Florida cut their ties with such a corporation that allows the exploitation of farmworkers.

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