“We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in their longstanding struggle for fair labor practices in the agriculture industry …”
Posted by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
In an historic act of support, the Presbyterian Church (USA) moved last week to endorse the boycott of Wendy’s, becoming the first major Christian denomination to formally commit to carry forward the boycott until Wendy’s joins the CIW’s Fair Food Program!
Representing nearly 2 million Christians nationwide, the church has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the CIW since the earliest days of the Campaign for Fair Food. Over the past several months as the CIW’s Wendy’s campaign evolved into a national boycott, the PCUSA has worked to marshal its power and massive constituency to send an unmistakable message to Wendy’s: Fleeing from human rights is unacceptable. And just two days ago, on May 11th, the church announced that the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board had made the PCUSA’s support for the Wendy’s Boycott official. From the Presbyterian News Service:
“Rather than support Florida growers who uphold human rights under the Fair Food Program, Wendy’s switched its tomato purchases to Mexico, where the denial of human rights in the produce industry was well-documented in last year’s Los Angeles Times exposé,” said the Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) “This is unacceptable, especially from a company that has prided itself on using U.S.-made products. Therefore, the PCUSA joins the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in calling on Wendy’s to sign a Fair Food agreement.”