Student organizing rolls on as Wendy's stonewalls
It's been an incredible couple of months across the Fair Food Nation, as young people continue to ratchet up the pressure on Wendy's. Amid the excitement of the Now is the Time Tour, however, some of these powerful actions haven't yet made the rounds via SFA airwaves... until now.
A few weeks ago, el Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) convened its 21st national conference at the University of Northern Colorado. Carrying forward a long history of involvement in the Campaign for Fair Food, 200 MEChistAs poured into the streets alongside members of Denver Fair Food to deliver hand-written notes urging Wendy's CEO Emil Brolick to bring his company to the table with farmworkers. After a spirited picket, students returned to UNC to continue reflection and planning for the coming months.
At the University of Oregon, MEChA partnered with the Student Labor Action Project for a letter delivery blitz to local Wendy's restaurants at the beginning of February. After not getting a response, they returned a week later with valentines, again requesting the company's support for the Fair food Program.
Check out this awesome student-produced video documenting their actions!
Here in Florida last week, CHISPAS de UF and the Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice (IAIJ) celebrated national Farmworker Awareness Week with a night of education on the CIW's Fair Food Program. The following day, both groups were joined by a broad coalition of students and faculty members for a march through campus to the Reitz Union, where a Wendy's restaurant is set to open this fall. Upon arrival, marchers were met by a representative of the university's Food Business division, who received a letter expressing the community's concern. Students plan to continue organizing and follow up with administrators as the university ushers the old-fashioned exploiter onto campus.
And we're not stopping there! Later this month, SFAers are spearheading a Boot the Braids weekend of action. There are so many ways to support: from planning an action on your campus or in your community, to endorsing our Boot the Braids organizational letter of support. Click here to contact us for more resources and information on getting involved!
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