As many of our delegates head home tomorrow, Presbyterian Women is taking a stand with migrant farm workers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. From March 3 and until March 17, members of the coalition are taking an historic 200 mile march from Fr. Meyers Florida to Publix supermarket headquarters in Lakeland, Florida. The march is chronicling the enormous advances in farmworkers’ rights, corporate responsibility and grow accountability that have been made since 2000, the year of the CIW’s dramatic 200+ mile march that galvanized public support for ending exploitation in Florida’s tomato fields–culminating in a call for Publix to honor the work of farmers by committing to pay them more and protect their safety.
Presbyterian Women in Florida have been joining in the march, and in honor of International Women’s Day, Presbyterian Women is releasing a statement of support. We invite you to spread the letter and join us in the following actions:
- Journey with us in prayer each day and preach and speak on the church’s partnership work with the CIW for Fair Food. You can link to a march-specific site on the PCUSA fair food webpage that is hosting daily scripture and feature photos, videos and reflections from Presbyterians involved in the march.
- Send postcards and dropping of manager’s letters to Publix or one of the other corporate buyers the Campaign for Fair Food is engaging.
- Support Fair Food local actions and engagements around the country.