Boycott Wendy's Protest: 5 Day Tampa Bay Student Fast Action!

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From April 17-21, nearly two dozen students from the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa, and Eckerd College will be undertaking a 5-day rolling fast from campus to campus, in solidarity with The Ohio State University students leading a campaign to kick Wendy's off campus due to the company's refusal to join the CIW's award-winning Fair Food Program.

On Wednesday at 7pm, halfway through the five-day rolling fast, join student fasters from the three universities, farmworkers, and Tampa Bay-area allies for a spirited protest in support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers's national Wendy's Boycott. From Tampa Bay schools to OSU, students are sending a clear message to Wendy's that the student-led campaigns to Boot the Braids will continue to swiftly grow across the country until Wendy's respects farmworkers' human rights!

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CAMPAIGN BACKGROUND:

Hot on the heels of the CIW's 14-day, 12-city Return to Human Rights Tour — anchored by a weeklong fast held by 19 courageous students and alumni of The Ohio State University — students, people of faith and community members are ready to ramp up the pressure in the national Wendy's Boycott. The boycott, declared by farmworkers in March 2016, came in response to the fast food giant's intentional decision to shift purchases away from Florida's tomato industry — hailed in the New York Times as the “best working environment in American agriculture” — to farms in Mexico where workers continue facing violence, wage theft, sexual harassment and even slavery.

As a direct response to thousands upon thousands of allies making the call for Wendy's to join the Fair Food Program, Wendy's released their own Supplier Code of Conduct completely void of worker input and real, verifiable enforcement mechanisms to implement human rights standards. And Wendy’s superficial efforts to “enhance and expand” its supplier code of conduct in the weeks ahead of this year’s Return to Human Rights Tour did nothing to substantively change that reality.

Upon ending their fast, the OSU students declared a new campus campaign — a national rolling student fast — calling on students across the country to take up the torch and continue their fast in solidarity. And until OSU honors its promise to hold Wendy’s accountable over student concerns regarding the fast food company's unfair labor practices and leverages its power to be the first university to cut its contract, students will continue rising up for fair food. Let’s hope the OSU administration chooses to break clear of Wendy’s dangerous embrace rather than be drawn still deeper into the murky waters of farmworker exploitation where Wendy’s now finds itself....
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By: Student/ Farmworker Alliance

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