[DenverFairFoodAnnounce] Photoreport from Friday's action "Quiznos, the world is changing!!! When will you?"
Denver Fair Food Committee
denverfairfood at gmail.com
Thu Oct 21 02:48:27 EDT 2010
Check out the the Denver Fair Food blog -
today for a photoreport from last Friday's protest outside of Quiznos
Thanks to everyone who joined us for this successful action or for any
portion of the No Coast Encuentro. The engery and creativity we
displayed will surely fuel us as we redouble our efforts to demand that
Quiznos still stalling and finally work with the Coalition of Immokalee
Workers to ensure fair wages and human rights for farmworkers.
Also, stay tuned for the music video from the Fair Food rendition of "Hit Me
Baby One More Time."
On a related note, see the CIW website ciw-online.org for the HUGE news:
Pacific Tomato Growers has struck a deal with the CIW! Here's an excerpt
from the DFF blog which places the Quiznos action in the context of this
During the morning preparations for our action outside Quiznos headquarters
last Friday, Gerardo Reyes Chavez from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
<http://ciw-online.org/>quickly scrawled a sign reading "Quiznos!!! The
World is changing. When will you?" His words cut to the significance of the
current moment in the Campaign for Fair
Food<http://www.ciw-online.org/101.html#cff>and the urgency of the
need for Quiznos to join the potential tidal shift in
farm labor relations in Florida (and beyond) which the moment represents.
Just last week, the CIW and Pacific Tomato Growers, one of the nation's
largest tomato growers, announced a milestone
the principles of fair wages, human rights and a voice for
farmworkers for which the CIW has been fighting for so long. The agreement
represents the first *direct* relationship between a grower and the
grassroots, worker-led Coalition. Such a relationship would have been
unimaginable just a couple years ago and is a profound break with
of years of history<http://www.ciw-online.org/a_brief_history_of_inhumanity.html>during
which farm owners have viewed farmworkers as little more than
"machines in the fields."
Nonetheless, as Lucas Benitez of the CIW stated at the
the agreement, "As we turn the page on this new chapter in Florida
agricultural history, however, I do want to make one thing crystal clear. We
are not today claiming that we have achieved the changes sought by the
Campaign for Fair Food. Rather, we are announcing that we have forged a plan
of action that gives us a realistic chance to bring about those changes."
The vision of a more just and humane agricultural system is teetering on the
edge of becoming a reality. As a major buyer of tomatoes, Quzinos'
purchasing power can contribute to pushing this reality into being or can
serve to hold it back, delaying the hopes of thousands of farmworkers. With
Pacific - in addition to the other leading Florida grower East
two <http://www.ciw-online.org/news.html#stalemate> of the largest organic
tomato producers, all Quiznos' leading fast food
and the food service <http://www.ciw-online.org/101.html#cff> industry - now
solidly behind the CIW's plan of action, there can be no acceptable excuses
for Quiznos' failure to join the emerging Fair Food concensus. Justice
delayed is justice denied, and unless Quiznos works with the CIW, it is
supporting the intolerable status quo which is the human rights crisis in
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