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CIW returns to Louisville, the birthplace
of Fair Food, to visit with dear old friends and rekindle powerful alliances for
the Wendy’s campaign!
In March, 2005, Taco Bell’s parent company Yum Brands, based in Louisville,
KY, signed the first-ever Fair Food agreement with the CIW after four long years
of boycott. During those four years, we built deep and lasting friendships with
many, many residents of Louisville, people with an abiding belief in justice, in
human rights, and in the faith that we can, through our concerted efforts, build
a better, more humane world.
But the Campaign for Fair Food did not end with the Taco Bell agreement.
That was just the beginning, and since 2005 much has transpired. In Immokalee
and in Louisville, new children have come into the world and grown into little
people, while other children have grown and left home for college and to build
their own families. Among our Louisville allies, many have taken new jobs and
launched new directions in their lives, while others have retired and started
new chapters in theirs. And across the country, eleven new corporations have
signed Fair Food agreements, while the Campaign for Fair Food has not only
grown, but given birth to the groundbreaking Fair Food Program, changing forever
how workers are treated in Florida’s fields and the relationship of farmworkers
to the industry in which they toil.
Yesterday, the Campaign for Fair Food came home again, to the place where
Fair Food was born, to continue the campaign to bring Wendy’s — the final
fast-food holdout — into the fold. And Louisville, as if it were just yesterday
that we had last stood together in the streets demanding a penny more per pound
from Taco Bell, answered the call...