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Fair Food Campaign: The Super Bowl of Workers’ Rights

Fair-FoodWhile sports heroes like Peyton Manning draw enormous media attention, there’s other more hidden, but extraordinary significant human victories in our world to celebrate.

Often, we encounter more tragic happenings in the daily news than our hearts can bear. We wonder if it is really possible to make a difference in this world.

Should we even try?

Human trafficking is one of those issues that proves so difficult to change, but the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Campaign for Fair Food is doing just that.

They have created a model of working with farmworkers, growers, major corporate buyers and consumers that genuinely advances the human rights and dignity of those who put food on our table.

Beginning in the state of Florida with tomato growers, their incredible success has allowed them to expand to several other states and to strawberry and bell pepper growers.

The Fair Food program has released its 2014-15 report online. While I doubt you will read all 70-some pages, I strongly encourage you to scroll down to the executive summary on pages two and three.

As a consumer, you have a powerful voice. “To join the coalition in their efforts for human rights, contact the Kroger corporate office at 1-800-576-4377 or Wendy’s corporate office at 1-614-764-3100. Ask them to sign the Fair Food program agreement. Both of these corporations have persistently refused to do so.

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Sister Donna Butler

Sister Donna Butler has been a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for more than 60 years. Sister Donna has served in elementary education, parish ministry, diocesan social justice, as well as the Congregation’s liturgy office, archives department and social justice outreach. She also administered as the director of the Providence Volunteer Ministry. Sister Donna currently volunteers in outreach with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College students.

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