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Saturday, March 09, 2019
Fair Food Nation comes together to celebrate International Women’s Day in style with massive march demanding Ohio State University “Boot the Braids”! Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Fair Food Nation comes together to celebrate International Women’s Day in style with massive march demanding Ohio State University “Boot the Braids”!
International Women’s Day has long been a highlight in the Campaign for Fair Food’s annual organizing calendar. Year after year after year, workers from Immokalee and their Fair Food allies have marked March 8th with creative and deeply moving reflections and actions.
2019 would prove to be no exception.
Again this year, a new chapter was added to that growing history of CIW International Women’s Day actions – an action that would fit squarely in what our colleagues at the National Economic and Social Rights Institute (NESRI) described as the nation’s tradition of joyous yet “confrontational and fractious organizing marches and protests, driven by grassroots energy” in their own thoughtful reflection on International Women’s Day yesterday.
Protesters leave hundreds of red carnations at the doorstep of the Ohio State University administration building on Friday afternoon following a march to the OSU campus through Columbus, Ohio. The flowers – given first to the OSU students who held a sit-in on March 7th, and then to the rest of the participants in the action – symbolize the strength and resolve farmworker women maintain even while routinely confronting sexual harassment and assault outside the protections of the CIW’s Fair Food Program, the leading human rights program in US agriculture today. Students at OSU are demanding that their administration cut the university’s contract with Wendy’s until the hamburger giant agrees to join the Fair Food Program.
On Friday, hundreds of protesters – including workers from Immokalee and their families, Ohio State University students, and Fair Food allies from across the northeast and midwest – braved snow flurries and bitter cold to gather in Columbus, Ohio, where they marched to support the efforts of OSU students to “Boot the Braids” from the flagship university’s campus. Friday’s march and protest followed Thursday’s sit-in at OSU President Michael Drake’s office by 25 students, staff, and community members, during which President Drake refused to meet – or even speak – with students calling for OSU to cut the university’s contract with Wendy’s until the Ohio-based fast-food chain joins the Fair Food Program. The campaign at OSU gained momentum in the wake of last month’s news that Wendy’s would not be returning to the University of Michigan campus following successful student and community protests there.
Friday’s activities at OSU began bright and early with a morning reflection – held in the sanctuary (below) of the Summit United Methodist Church, our longtime ally and gracious host for so many CIW visits to Columbus – on the Fair Food Program and the rights of women farmworkers in our food system.