Actress, activist Gloria Reuben to join farmworkers, allies at Farmworker Freedom March…

Have you emailed Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw yet?

Freedom from forced labor, poverty, and abuse…

Those are the modest demands of the Farmworker Freedom March. And those demands will be given voice this April 16-18 by scores of farmworkers, consumers and, now, one well-known actress who is a respected activist in her own right.

Gloria Reuben (pictured above) will join Kerry Kennedy, founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and Stetson Kennedy, Florida’s premier folklorist and longtime champion for human rights, as guests of honor for the Sunday, April 18th rally at the culmination of the three-day march in Lakeland.

Ms. Reuben is perhaps best known for her role on the Emmy Award-winning medical drama “ER”. She played physician assistant Jeanie Boulet, television’s first HIV-positive character in a regularly occurring role. She credits her role on ER for inspiring her own activism, which began with her involvement with the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and included introducing then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at the 2004 World AIDS Day Conference.

Momentum for next week’s march — which promises to be one of the most memorable actions in the ten-year history of the Campaign for Fair Food — continues to build. Will you be there?

Of course, whether you can or can’t join us for the march, you can make your voice heard and demand that Publix respect the fundamental human rights of the workers who pick its produce. Click here to email Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw to express your “support for the Farmworker Freedom March and to urge Publix to work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an internationally recognized farmworker organization, to address the sub-poverty wages and abuses faced by the farmworkers who pick Publix’s tomatoes.”