Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses here. Unfortunately, I did not get my responses submitted before the deadline, but here they are anyway.
What was the biggest story of the week?
Saturday’s informational picket at the Lake Eola Publix educated shoppers and passersby about the Fair Food Program. The program, created by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (ciw-online.org), ensures a healthy, fair working environment for agricultural workers. While best known for a call for a penny/ pound increased payments to tomato pickers, other provisions include humane treatment and freedom from sexual harassment. Corporations have signed on, but sadly, Publix has refused to talk with the widely praised Coalition. This holiday, it’s time for this major food provider to sign on so that we can all give thanks for a fairer world
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we will be reminded of our many blessings. There will be imagery invoking the American stories of the mythical first Thanksgiving, when Europeans were the refugees given aid by those who had long inhabited this land. If we are lucky, there will be stories about people, touched by these reminders, opening their hearts – hearts that snapped shut in fear over the last weeks. May we be reminded that here in Florida we are connected our global community. In spite of our politicians, we must reach out our hands in compassion.
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