Read daily reflections on the fast from the Rev. Noelle Damico, Associate for Fair Food
Follow the NCC poverty initiative on facebook for thrice daily posts from the fast
The Fast for Fair Food March 5-10 at Publix headquarters
March 2012 – Learn more about the Coalition of Immokalee Worker’s Fast for Fair Food March 5-10. Support the fasters, follow social media, pray and fast and take other actions, to encourage Publix to join the Fair Food Program.
The Rev. Gradye Parsons’s Statement of Support to the Fasters, March 9, 2012.
Order for daily prayer and reflection
Monday, March 5: Fasting, a Sacrificial Act
Tuesday, March 6: Fasting and the Body
Wednesday, March 7: Fasting, a Moral Appeal
Thursday, March 8: Fasting and Spiritual Discernment
Friday, March 9: Fasting a soul force
Fasting information and resources
How can I support the fast?
- Send messages of support to the fasters at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check www.ciw-online.org/fast for fast-specific take action opportunities.
- If you are in the southeast, drop off a manager’s letter at your local Publix grocery store. If you live elsewhere in the nation, use the fast as a way to communicate the moral appeal that we are making to the ENTIRE supermarket industry. Drop off manager’s letters to Ahold and Kroger owned chains. Or use a general manager’s letter for other stores.
- Fast, pray and reflect using the resources above and those from Faith Moves Mountains.
- Sign a letter to Publix CEO, Ed Crenshaw, encouraging Publix to join the Fair Food Program
What is the CIW and the church asking of Publix?
We are asking Publix to Join the Fair Food Program, a collaborative effort between farmworkers, 10 willing corporations and over 90 percent of Florida tomato growers.
The supermarket industry buys most of the tomatoes harvested by Florida farmworkers. And so it is imperative that leading supermarket chains use their power to undergird the Fair Food Program. We take this occasion to call, yet again, upon Publix, Ahold and Kroger to stop standing on the sidelines. Inaction the face of generations of exploitation and a proven model for change is not neutral. Your refusal to join the Fair Food Program threatens to undermine these important gains. The time is now for you to join Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market and the eight other major food retailers who are working with the CIW and Florida growers to eliminate exploitation and slavery in the tomato fields. – The Rev. Gradye Parsons and Ms. Linda Valentine, press release upon Trader Joe’s joining the Fair Food Program, February 9, 2012.
What Publix is saying and CIW’s response
Human rights achievements by the Fair Food program
Watch the PBS Religion and Ethics News Weekly special on the implementation of the Fair Food Program and the Faith Moves Mountains Campaign.