March to End Modern-Day Slavery in the Fields!

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 04/02/2022
11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location
Bradley Park, Palm Beach

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Come join fellow Unitarian Universalists, led by UUSC President, Mary Katherine Morn, in a major Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) action in West Palm Beach, Florida on April 2nd focused on ending modern day slavery in our growing fields. Several recent federal prosecutions, aided by the CIW, have underscored the fact that the use of forced labor has become big business in the US at a time when most of us believe that slavery was something from our distant past.

On April 2nd, the CIW, recognized for its achievements in fighting human trafficking and gender-based violence at work, will target the Palm Beach offices of Wendy’s Corporate chairman, Nelson Peltz, for his refusal join the Fair Food Program, a program that has been shown to provide our essential farmworkers with the every-day safety and dignity they deserve. Both the UUA and the UUSC have long recognized and supported the value of the CIW’s Worker-driven Social Responsibility paradigm and local Florida UU congregations have historically acted in solidarity with the CIW by showing up at actions and spreading the word about farmworker justice.

Two of our UU ministers currently serve on the Faith Working Group of the CIW and their partner organization, the Alliance for Fair Food (AFF). The Rev. Allison Farnham, former minister in Fort Myers, and Rev. Tony Fisher, who currently serves the UU Congregation of Greater Naples, are calling on UUs from across the state to show up in Palm Beach and make a big statement that Human Rights trump corporate greed.

In addition to their ongoing efforts to uncover human trafficking and workplace abuses, the CIW/AFF has, in recent years, been expanding their connections and helping train farmworker justice organizations from across the country and across the world to bring an ever-increasing number of agricultural products into the Fair Food Program. And still there is work to do here in Florida. While many of our tomato workers are protected by the Fair Food Program, others are not and the effort continues to expand the program across the wide variety of crops grown here.

REGISTRATION IS REQUESTED

To register for the march, click here.

For more information about the march, click here.

For more information about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, click here

LOGISTICS

Time:  Meet at 11.  The Rally starts at 11:30.  Keep in mind the parking/shuttle times below.

LocationBradley Park.

Carpooling:  Anyone interested in carpooling, please contact Lauren Furst (1stkoos@optonline.net) to coordinate.  If you drive in a group, the driver can drop passengers at Bradley Park and then following the Parking/Shuttle instructions below.

Parking/Shuttle:  There is no real parking at or near Bradley Park.  Parking will be available in the Governmental Center 4th Street Parking Lot for $10.  CIW has arranged for a shuttle to run between Bradley Park and the Governmental Center 4th Street Parking Lot.  They estimate the shuttles will run every 15-20 minutes, or its a 15 minute walk across the Flagler Bridge to Bradley Park.

Meeting at the Park: We do not have an exact location to meet but the park isn’t that big so we’ll have to be on the lookout for one another.  Text Lauren if you have any questions and be sure to put your name in the text so she’ll know who she’s communicating with.

Attending with Mobility Concerns:  The protest will begin and end in Bradley Park with pre- and post-march rallies. Between the rallies there will be a Five Mile March.  For those wishing to March with mobility concerns, there will be vehicles available to ride along the march route.

Gear:  if you have a Standing on the Side of Love shirt or button, please wear it.  If you took a protest sign, please bring it.