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National Wendy's Founder's Week of Action: Food justice community urges the square-pattied hold-out to join the Fair Food Program
November 14, 2013 – This week, Nov. 11-17th, Wendy's stores nationwide are celebrating the five guiding values of Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, among them: "Give Something Back," "Treat People with Respect," and "Do the Right Thing."
Highlighting the hypocrisy of Wendy's celebration of those values, while the corporation refuses to respect farmworkers' rights, the food justice community has picked up the pen – and the picket sign – from coast to coast to kick off their own Founder's Week of Action.
As described in an excellent Q&A with the CIW and Just Harvest, The Fight for Fair Food, by our allies at Food Tank, CIW's Oscar Otzoy stated:
|In response, all across the nation, cities and Fair Food groups will be organizing actions throughout the week – including letter deliveries, marches, and protests to highlight the fact that Dave Thomas’ values stand in stark contradiction to Wendy’s current refusal to the Fair Food Program. The actions planned in dozens of cities nationwide – from Washington, D.C. to Columbus, OH – plan to send the message that Wendy’s rejection of a verifiable solution to ensure human rights for farmworkers undermines the values the company espouses. read more
From Philadelphia, to Denver, to Orlando, to New York, students, community members and all those who demand Fair Food have come out in droves this week to call on the burger giant to join its competitors in participating in the Fair Food Program. And don't miss the great, new video from Philly Fair Food capturing the raucous rally and powerful picket in the City of Brotherly Love!
Also adding their voice to many was Edible Manhattan, who published this in-depth look at Wendy's rejection of the Fair Food Program, in which CIW's Nely Rodriguez takes on Wendy's PR twists:
|Wendy’s faces a choice: to be the last hold out of major fast food corporations or to join the others that have already signed on. We need them to commit to the program so that we can ensure they only buy from the participating farms and stop buying from farms that abuse their workers. That’s the only way we can ensure that they do this, words are not good enough, we need them to commit. read more
- Edible Manhattan, "Coalition of Immokalee Workers Launch Week of Action," 11/11/13
- Food Tank, "The Fight for Fair Food," 11/12/13
- Columbus Free Press, "Wendy’s Accused: Their treatment of farmworkers as old- fashioned as their hamburgers," 11/14/13
- [VIDEO]: Philly Fair Food, "Protest at Wendy's," 11/9/13
- West Orlando News, "Publix, Wendy’s pressured to respect farmworkers’ rights, " 11/10/13