Unitarian Universalists are organizing to support the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) on their upcoming March for Rights, Respect and Fair Food. First Unitarian Church of Orlando is encouraging UU congregations statewide to send delegations to Lakeland, FL on March 17. Logistical information on how to participate is evolving and the most up-to-date information will be posted here.
I’ll be there with other 1U members and Unitarian Universalists from around the state, as well as folks from other faith and community groups. Hope you can join us!
The CIW and allies will march 150 miles to Lakeland, FL in a two-week March for Rights, Respect, and Fair Food! The march, which begins in Ft Myers, FL on Sunday, March 3, will end at the Publix headquarters in Lakeland on Sunday, March 17.
Recently, UUs from several central Florida congregations gathered with community partners to learn more about the CIW’s Fair Food program. The day culminated with a picket at the Publix in downtown Orlando where they were joined by farm workers and their families. A delegation from the group met with store managers to encourage Publix to sign on to the program which increases wages and improves working conditions for tomato pickers. To read about the day, click here. (Scroll down to find links to news stories at the bottom of the report.)
Participants committed to helping to swell the ranks of the upcoming march as it approaches the Publix headquarters on March 17. Volunteers from First Unitarian Church of Orlando are working closely with the CIW and Interfaith Action to be able to provide UUs statewide with logistical information for involvement for that day.
From the Orlando area: A caravan will transport marchers from 1U to Lakeland following the second worship service on March 17. So that we have space for everyone, please sign up to participate by completing our CIW March Registration Form or contact CIWeventinfo@orlandouu.org for more information.