Florida Tomato Pickers Shouldn't Be Treated Like Slaves

Florida Tomato Pickers Shouldn't Be Treated Like Slaves

About the Petition

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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