The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has launched a five-city protest to demand humane working conditions for farmworkers harvesting tomatoes sold inside the stores of major supermarket chains. More than 1,000 people marched on the grocery giant Stop and Shop in Boston Sunday to kick off the campaign.
Protester: “We are here today in the city of Boston focusing on our campaign for fair food that we have been waging for the past 15 years against the companies that purchase the tomatoes. Up until today, we have had nine corporations agree to work with us. This is what we are doing here, and in this march we are focused on Stop and Shop and Giant and other supermarkets. We want that they take responsibility and work with us to improve the working conditions that exist for us, the workers in Immokalee, and that Stop and Shop and the others come to the table to meet with us. For us as workers, this would also signify better wages.”
The tour continues in New York City, Baltimore and Atlanta before concluding in the Immokalee Workers’ home state of Florida.