Week of Action wrap up: Wendy’s customers fed up with injustice!


The ever-creative corners of the Campaign for Fair Food share some final messages for Wendy’s from the big Week of Action!

The Wendy’s Week of Action is a wrap, and the Fair Food nation has sent its message loud and clear: Wendy’s, we’re fed up with the same old injustice every day, we want Fair Food, and we want it now!  

Over the past several days we’ve brought you first-hand reports, photos, news and video from across the country in our updates from the big week of protests.  You can find those reports here, here, and here.  But the protests and creative actions just kept coming, and so today we bring you the final installment of updates from the Week of Action, a swing through the southern states of North Carolina, Florida, and Texas.  

We begin in the mountains of North Carolina, where Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida and the CIW headed to the 2013 Wild Goose Festival for a gathering “at the intersections of justice, spirituality, music and art.”  Hundreds of festival goers stopped by the CIW table, where they learned more about the Campaign for Fair Food and dozens took a moment to don a wig and write a quick message to Wendy’s. Many of these fine people — like the two young consumers pictured at the top of this post — had some creative messages for Wendy’s, and will be sharing them far and wide through their social networks using the hashtags #FairFoodNation, #WendysWeekofAction, and #ACutBelow (don’t forget to follow the CIW on Twitter, and use these hashtags yourself)!  Many more festival goers promised to take the message back to the Wendy’s restaurants in their hometowns and keep the pressure on.

Here below are a few more of the highlights from the Wild Goose Festival.  First up is Aljosie Knight (below) of the National Council of Elders, an organization of Civil Rights Movement veterans in Atlanta, who shared her love for justice with the Campaign for Fair Food crew:


Longtime movement veterans like Aljosie were joined by young people, bringing their own fresh messages of love and justice to the mix, like this young man:


And this even younger (and pretty amazing) young lady:


The Wild Goose Festival was fertile ground for the Fair Food message, but back home in Florida, a great group of young activists for justice, the Dream Defenders, held a 31-day sit-in at the Florida Capitol to protest the state’s Stand Your Ground law for weeks (they recently ended their protest, but not before scoring a major victory you can read more about here).  One of these remarkable young people, Gabriel, has been supporting Florida farmworkers since the earliest days of the Campaign, while a student at FSU during the Taco Bell Campaign.  We were deeply honored when Gabriel and the rest of the Dream Defenders took time from their  struggle to send us their own video message for Wendy’s, in collaboration with Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project, directly from their sit-in at the Florida Capitol.  This raw but upbeat video captures the powerful spirit of of student and youth organizing, a driving force in the Campaign for Fair Food from the beginning: 

Finally, our friends down in the Rio Grande Valle pulled off a second action for the Wendy’s Week of Action on August 10th, picketing outside of Wendy’s and delivering a letter to the local manager. 


The Wendy’s Week of Action is over, but the fight for Fair Food at the final fast-food holdout has just begun.  See you in the streets, Wendy!