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Pivoting to Publix...
Following agreement with Trader Joe's, pressure mounts on Publix as Fast for Fair Food approaches...As reaction continues to pour in from across the country to yesterday's news of the CIW's agreement with Trader Joe's, the Campaign for Fair Food turns to Publix, demanding -- with renewed urgency -- that Florida's largest grocer do its part to improve wages and working conditions in the fields where its tomatoes are picked.
We'll get back to Publix in a moment, but first just a word on the overwhelming response to the Trader Joe's agreement. And that word would be... Wow!
Twitter, Facebook, blogs and mainstream media all lit up like never before in the history of the Campaign for Fair Food, with well-wishers offering heartfelt congratulations -- to both the CIW and Trader Joe's -- and Fair Food activists letting Publix and the rest of the supermarket industry know that the time for standing in the way of progress is over.
The general response was perhaps best captured in a beautifully written statement from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the full text of which can be read at the CIW site today:
Thanks - Coalition of Immokalee Workers