"The coalition’s power comes from its unique approach — the idea that
workers united with consumers can change the way the industry works."
- Sean Sellers
Fort Meyers News-Press, April 16
Over the past month, fellow Sean Sellers and the Coalition of Imamokalee Workers have raised an enormous amount of attention to a food system issue often ignored - the conditions and pay for farm workers. From the tour of the Modern-Day Slavery Museum a few weeks ago to the just-completed march on Publix, the substantial media coverage CIW has received means that more people understand the human rights costs of cheap tomatoes.
Publix is not well known outside the Southeast, but the supermarket has the market power to contribute to major improvements in agricultural labor standards. The Fort Meyers News-Press provides a summary of the march and Publix's position. Congratulations to Sean and all of the other CIW members and collaborators that have made these events such a success.