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Editorial published in the UF student paper, The Alligator, on the day of the march: “Hopefully, Wendy’s will soon no longer be on campus.”

Massive march on final day of 4 for Fair Food Tour swamps “The Swamp” in Gainesville with farmworkers, students, Fair Food activists calling on UF President Kent Fuchs to “Boot the Braids” from Florida’s flagship university until Wendy’s joins the Fair Food Program!

What a way to wrap up a tour!

On the final day of the five-city, two-week “4 for Fair Food Tour,” nearly 500 protesters – equal parts farmworkers, students, and community members – wove as one through the University of Florida’s picturesque campus in a colorful and boisterous demonstration.  They were fed up with the UF administration’s willingness to turn a deaf ear to students’ concerns, calling on UF President Kent Fuchs to cut the university’s contract with Wendy’s, without further delay, until Wendy’s joins fast-food industry leaders McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Chipotle, and Taco Bell in requiring its tomato suppliers to meet the stringent human rights standards of the Presidential medal-winning Fair Food Program.

The march, recapped beautifully in the 2-minute video below, caught the attention of the press (see coverage from Gainesville’s local NPR station here, and the editorial in The Alligator here) as well as countless bystanders with its powerful message, its eye-catching sea of signs, banners and puppets, and its diverse – and joyous – community of protesters:  

It is safe to say that the University of Florida had never seen anything quite like Thursday’s march before.  So, in addition to the above video, we have put together an extensive photo report, which follows below.  We hope you have a few minutes to pull up a chair and re-live the sights and sensations of what turned out to be a truly memorable action.

One last word before moving on the photo report…  Needless to say, the CIW’s sincerest thanks go out to all the allies who worked tirelessly to organize last week’s march, and all the actions of the 4 for Fair Food Tour, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The logistics of housing, feeding, and transporting a busload of souls from Immokalee (two buses, in fact, once the tour hit Gainesville!) on an odyssey covering thousands of miles, from cold climes to warm, with impressive actions and presentations at every stop along the way, cannot be overestimated.  And the tour completed Thursday in Gainesville would never have been possible without the selfless assistance of innumerable members of the vast – and fast-growing – Fair Food nation.  Now safely back home in Immokalee, all of us extend our deepest gratitude to all of you. 

Photo Report

On what was truly a perfect day for a march, participants in Thursday’s action began to assemble around noon under the shade of the enormous oaks, and their attendant Spanish moss, at the University of Florida’s Norman Park:

As they prepared to embark on the three-hour long action ahead, some marchers gathered up their flags…

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