Monday, October 29, 2007

AUSTIN: Take Action for Fair Food on Halloween!

Take Action for Fair Food on Halloween!

What: Join the Student/Farmworker Alliance - ATX for a spooky Halloween action as we deliver our message, that “Fair Food Will Reign," directly to Burger King’s doorstep. This event is to support the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' (CIW) ongoing Campaign for Fair Food and as part of the national days of action being organized by the Student/Farmworker Alliance.

When & Where: On Wednesday, October 31st (Halloween), meet up at 5pm at the Cesar Chavez statue in the West Mall at the University of Texas campus (Guadalupe & 23rd). We'll rally and proceed to the Burger King on Guadalupe & 27th. Bring costumes, instruments, noisemakers, tricks, treats, etc.

Why: As the CIW explains, "Today, in the wake of the Yum Brands and McDonald’s agreements, we stand on the threshold of a more modern, more humane agricultural industry in Florida. Yet, facing this historic opportunity, Burger King seems to have chosen business as usual over progress, continued exploitation over justice. It is time for Burger King to seize the moment and stand with Florida's tomato pickers in our fight for fundamental human rights in the fields."

About Us: Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) is a national network of students and youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. We work in alliance with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a membership-led organization of mostly Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian low-wage immigrant workers based in Southwest Florida. Together we won the four-year Taco Bell Boycott in 2005 and McDonald's campaign in 2007. We're building on these victories by taking on Miami-based Burger King to address human rights violations in its tomato supply chain. Our work in Austin began in 2001, making us one of the longest-active cities in the national SFA network.

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Courtesy of: Naomi / MEChA