[act-ma] Fifth Graders Rally for Farmworkers this Sunday

Leah Madsen leah at circleboston.org
Tue Dec 6 14:40:18 PST 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 1:15 p.m.
Meet at the Morse Elementary School, 40 Granite Street, Cambridge  (Corner
of Granite and Magazine Streets)

Local Students Lead Protest against Trader Joe’s

On Sunday, December 11, fifth grade students from the Workmen’s Circle's
Jewish Sunday School will lead their parents and peers to the Trader Joe’s
at 734 Memorial Drive in Cambridge to protest the store’s refusal to work
with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an internationally
recognized farmworker organization, to address the sub-poverty wages and
abuses faced by the farmworkers who pick the tomatoes sold at the store.
 The students will deliver a letter demanding that Trader Joe’s support the
CIW by signing onto their “Fair Food Agreement” which guarantees the
workers a pay raise and a participatory health and safety program, among
other things.

The students have been learning about the sweatshops their Jewish ancestors
toiled in when they first arrived in the US and are outraged that such
injustice still exists today. The students will open with a speech at the
Morse Elementary School Playground and will then march to Trader Joe’s
where they will deliver a letter to management asking the chain to support
the rights of the Immokalee workers.

This action is part of the CIW’s “Campaign for Fair Food”, begun over 10
years ago. Several retail companies including McDonald’s, Burger King,
Subway, and Whole Foods, are all already working with the CIW.

“One more penny per pound!” is the rallying cry.  Join the students and
chant this message together!

Questions? Contact Leah Madsen at leah at circleboston.org or 617-566-6281

Leah Madsen
Program and Membership Organizer
Center for Jewish Culture & Social Justice
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