Slavery in the U.S.? Yes, it still exists on many Florida tomato farms. Workers are forced to work in excruciating heat and terrible conditions, often at gunpoint or threat of bodily harm. These "employees" become so overwhelmed by their debt, and they have nowhere to turn for help.
Fortunately, the Fair Food Program has changed this, and according to the Washington Post, most tomato farms have zero tolerance for slavery. Publix Super Markets, a major U.S. chain, continues to purchase tomatoes from farms that don’t meet the requirements for the Fair Food Program — refusing to support the basic human rights of the tomato workers.
Tell William Crenshaw, CEO of Publix Super Markets, to support the Fair Food Program. Stand with organizations like Walk Free and help put an end to modern slavery.
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To: William Crenshaw, CEO Publix Super Markets Inc.
As you know, many tomato farm workers in Florida are subject to despicable conditions akin to modern-day slavery, forced to live without running water or sanitation, told they are stuck in endless debt, beaten and chained if they attempt to flee.
Publix Super Markets has an obligation to support the Fair Food Program and help put a stop to these heinous working conditions. This program has improved the conditions of nearly every tomato grower in Florida, and yet you continue to buy from farms that do not adhere to these guidelines.
We need to make a clear and united statement that modern-day slavery will not be tolerated. By supporting the Fair Food Program, we move closer to a country without modern slavery — it’s time that you stop putting profits ahead of human rights.
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