And We Told Them Why

It was probably one of the stranger orders she had ever received.

"I’d like a number 7, two burgers with only mustard, pickles and onions, and a grilled chicken, hold the mayo. And by the way, I’d like you to give this letter to the manager, please."

The reason for the letter was today’s announcement that the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Burger King Corporation signed an agreement to improve farmworkers’ wages and enforce human rights standards in the fields.

The campaign leading to this moment has been long and sometimes challenging.

Congratulations to the workers and all their supporters. Congratulations to Noelle Damico and the Presbyterians involved in the Fair Food Campaign. Congratulations to the leaders of Burger King for taking this step for justice.

In recognition of their action, my family ate at Burger King tonight for the first time in a long time.

We had it our way. And we told them why.

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