Here is a letter to the editor of Naples News, submitted by our brother Dana Foht. In case they do not publish it, please read this.
“I spent two weeks and 200 long miles marching shoulder to shoulder with a group of 150 plus passionate farm workers, human rights activists and conscious consumers from Ft. Myers to Publix’s corporate headquarters in Lakeland. I was raised in Naples, and to locals and snow birds alike, it is shocking that people must march along US 41, to shed light on the fact that slavery and severe poverty still exists in the agricultural industry. I marched because I could no longer ignore the poverty and hardships my neighbors in Immokalee have to experience.
Due to the massive volume of tomatoes Publix purchases from florida farms, they have immense responsibility to be a part of the solution insuring their supply chain is no longer grossly injust to any human. The solution already exists and has begun an unprecedented transformation of labor conditions in Florida’s fields.
The Fair Food Program is a farmworker and consumer driven initiative consisting of a wage increase of one penny per pound supported by a price premium paid by corporate purchasers and a human-rights-based Code of Conduct, applicable throughout the Florida tomato industry and already supported by 11 major corporations including McDonalds and Whole Foods.
The Naples News covered our proud arrival in Lakeland but did a great disservice to this movement for justice by stating only 300 people joined us. It was 1500 strong individuals that refuse to allow something as sacred as food be tainted by such dark shame one day longer.” – Dana Foht