CIW: Take stand against modern-day slavery, HR orgs tell FL tomato

CIW: Take stand against modern-day slavery, HR orgs tell FL tomato
[CIW News] "Take a stand against modern-day slavery, " human rights
orgs tell FL tomato execs
RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights joins with Anti-Slavery
International in joint statement marking the International Day for
Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, demanding an end
modern-day slavery in Florida’s fields!
Joint statement urges "Florida Tomato Growers Exchange to stop
opposing human rights agreements" between CIW and fast-food industry
See the statement at the CIW site: today!
Here’s an excerpt from the powerful new statement:
"The FTGE members are standing in the way of workers realizing their
human rights and the express will of consumers and socially
responsible corporations working to promote fair food," said Monika
Kalra Varma, Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for
Human Rights. "Today, as the world celebrates the end of the gross
abuses of the slave trade, we are calling upon the FTGE to end their
obstructive practices, support workers’ rights and join us in standing
against modern day slavery."
The statement is the latest expression of outrage over the FTGE’s
obstructionist tactics in the face of a growing call for fair wages
and humane working conditions in Florida’s fields. Unfortunately, it
will come as little surprise to anyone who has been following this
campaign over the years if this appeal by two leading human rights
organizations falls on deaf ears inside the offices of the Florida
Tomato Growers Exchange. Not even a Senate hearing into slavery and
sweatshop conditions in Florida’s fields managed to move the FTGE off
its unconscionable opposition to the CIW’s agreements with fast-food
industry leaders.
Florida’s most conservative growers take comfort in the fact that they
don’t sell their tomatoes to the public and believe, therefore, that
they can thumb their noses at their critics as long as their clients
— this country’s multibillion-dollar retail food industry leaders
like Subway and WalMart — are happy.
But retail food industry leaders do sell to the public, and do have to
answer to the growing public outcry over the failure of the food
industry to address the longstanding exploitation of this country’s
Even if the FTGE isn’t paying attention, the public is. With the Slow
Food Nation gathering set to start next week in San Francisco — where
thousands of this country’s most dedicated food activists will come
together to learn, among other things, about the reality of labor
exploitation in this country’s fields — now is the time for retail
food industry leaders to step up and take a stand against slavery and
sweatshop conditions where their tomatoes are picked.
Stay tuned this week to the CIW site, at for
all the breaking news from the fast-developing Campaign for Fair Food
and updates from the Slow Food Conference in California
Thanks, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
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