Students: “Burger King is responsible for slavery in Florida”

Inspired by the stories of workers who continue to toil in Immokalee, Students Toward A New Democracy (STAND) hosted an event for Miami University students and faculty Tuesday, March 4, to discuss modern-day slavery in the United States and fast-food giant Burger King’s part in the problem.

Cruz Salucio, of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who was present at the event, said a national petition will be presented to Burger King in late spring. The petition, which you can read and sign here, asks food industry leaders to address the wages and conditions of workers in the fields. It also asks that those who sign be “prepared to stop patronizing Burger King now, and other food industry leaders in the future, should they fail to do so.”

STAND, famous for its march from downtown to Burger King headquarters in Miami, has been busy collecting signatures. Another student-led group and member of the Alliance for Fair Food, the Student/Farmworker Alliance has called March 31 its day of action in the national petition campaign. They, along with the Guerrilla News Network, have been busy getting the word out about the Coalition’s petition.

Read the piece by Chelsea Kate Isaacs, Assistant News Editor at the University of Miami’s Miami Hurricane and the CIW’s 2008 Petition Campaign page.

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