As hundreds of individuals representing dozens of worker and grassroots organizations, houses of worship, universities, and unions marched alongside near 150 farmworkers last Saturday in Palm Beach, Lucas Benitez of the CIW remarked, “The people in this town saw for the first time the faces of people who pick their food … Their reality is tied to our reality and they can’t continue to ignore us.”
Indeed, Wendy’s Board Chair Nelson Peltz surely cannot continue to ignore farmworkers and their consumer allies — especially as his face was incredibly visible not only leading (in puppet-form) Saturday’s historic march through Palm Beach, but also in literally hundreds of articles exposing his role in Wendy’s' staunch refusal to protect farmworkers’ human rights by joining the CIW’s Fair Food Program.
In a supply chain that obscures both those at the top and those doing the grueling work that makes the profits of those at the top possible, Saturday’s vibrant walk through the streets of Palm Beach brought farmworkers’ realities — and the way they are tied to those of Peltz and his peers — into the public eye. Today we bring you photos of last weekend’s march through the streets of Palm Beach — the faces of the farmworkers leading this struggle, and the faces of consumers who are joining to boycott Wendy’s until they become part of the proven solution to abuse in their supply chain.
As this movement allies with farmworkers, these photos are a call to continue bearing witness as farmworkers share their realities, and to invite our friends, family, and communities to do the same — by boycotting Wendy’s until they join the Fair Food Program!