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CIW members, 300 of their closest friends, formally introduce themselves to Wendy’s with massive march, protest in New York City…

Next up: Thursday’s shareholder meeting

Well, if it wasn’t clear already, it certainly should be now: The Campaign for Fair Food has arrived at Wendy’s doorstep, and it’s not leaving until the final fast-food holdout joins the Fair Food Program and does its part to protect and advance real human rights in the fields!

300 Fair Food activists joined a delegation of workers from Immokalee for a massive — and colorful — action yesterday in Manhattan, beginning with a popular theater presentation in the open air of New York’s storied Union Square park and ending with a march through city streets and protests at two separate Wendy’s locations. Indeed, all the elements of a classic Campaign for Fair Food protest were in play yesterday:

  • Spirited music? Check, with tunes from both New York’s own Rude Mechanical Orchestra (pictured below) and the CIW’s DC-based Son Jarocho players.
  • Colorful signs? Check, with some of the incredible art from the March for Rights, Respect, and Fair Food making its way north for the Wendy’s action.
  • Multi-generational, diverse crowd? Check.

Yep, New York was treated to a full-on, CIW-style protest, and Wendy’s was formally put on notice: you can’t hide from food justice!

Next up: Wendy’s shareholder meeting this Thursday, right back here in Manhattan, where CIW representatives plan to deliver 90,000 signatures to Wendy’s Board of Directors calling on Wendy’s CEO Emil Brolick to “join the Fair Food Program and protect farmworkers’ rights“!

Wait, how many signatures is that again, you say?… You read it right, 90,000. In less than one week. And if you haven’t added your name to the petition yet, it’s not too late. You can do so by clicking here now.

For a full photo report from yesterday’s big action, click here. You don’t want to miss this one. And be sure to check back soon for more on Thursday’s shareholder action.