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“While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.” —Luke 24:51


Read daily reflections on the fast from the Rev. Noelle Damico, Associate for Fair Food

Follow the Rev. Michael Livingston on twitter 

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.

Details, schedule of events, media coverage

Fast for Fair Food website

You can follow the fast during the day on facebook and twitter (using the hashtag #fairfoodfast)

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

Fasting 101

Fasting a Spiritually and Socially Transforming Practice 

How can I support the fast?

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

Gerardo Reyes Chavez addresses Publix publicly stated concerns

Human rights achievements by the Fair Food program

Gains Made 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



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