FL United Methodist Church Bishop pens powerful letter to Wendy’s Board Chair ahead of major march this weekend!

Farmworker leaders join a statewide delegation from the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church for a group photo outside CIW headquarters in Immokalee in May 2017.

Bishop Kenneth Carter of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church to Wendy’s Board Chair Nelson Peltz: “I have listened to and seen first-hand the work of CIW… I will be praying for you and the corporate leaders of Wendy’s, as you consider an action that would be greatly beneficial to those who do essential labor in our society…” 

Meanwhile, farmworkers in Immokalee spend the week mass producing banners, flags and theater props for hundreds of participants set to join this Saturday’s March to End Modern Slavery in the Fields… 

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With just two days left until farmworkers from Immokalee load up into buses and make their way to Palm Beach to join hundreds of supporters at the March to End Modern Slavery in the Fields, the Wendy’s Boycott received a major boost of support from Florida’s United Methodists!  On Tuesday, Kenneth H. Carter, Resident Bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, penned a powerful letter to Wendy’s Board Chair Nelson Peltz, urging him to take meaningful action to bring Wendy’s into the Fair Food Program and greatly improve the livelihoods of the women and men who harvest the food we eat.

Along with the Cabinet, Bishop Carter represents over 800 congregations and campus ministries from Tallahassee and Jacksonville to Miami and the Keys. Indeed, the Methodist Church’s long and profound history of support can be traced back to the Campaign for Fair Food’s earliest days. And now, as they have in the past, United Methodists continue to put their faith into action in the pursuit of farmworker justice as they mobilize across the Sunshine State to join forces with Immokalee workers this Saturday for the upcoming March to End Modern Slavery in the Fields. Below is the letter in full: 

Meanwhile, this past week the CIW Community Center turned into a bustling art studio, where farmworkers and art volunteers have been cranking out hundreds of pieces of protest art for this Saturday’s colorful 5-mile march through the heart of Palm Beach. A sea of gorgeous banners, flags, puppets and theater props have been stitched, painted and assembled to send a clear message to Wendy’s top decision-maker: Use your power to help end forced labor and other human rights abuses in the fields!

We’ll leave you with an inspiring video of the mass art production happening in Immokalee to get you pumped for the March to End Modern Slavery in the Fields. And if you haven’t already, make sure to register to march with CIW!  


Do you live in South Florida and need transportation to Palm Beach to march with CIW? We are organizing 3 buses from South Florida with stops in Homestead, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale to get allies to Palm Beach. If you’d like to secure a spot on the bus today, please fill out this form.  For more information or questions, please contact Jordan at jordan@allianceforfairfood.org or call 978-995-7200.

Not in Florida, but interested in supporting farmworkers mobilizing to Palm Beach? You can join our fundraising campaign to fund two buses of farmworkers from Immokalee to Palm Beach and purchase water and nutritious meals to fuel a day of marching to end forced labor and other human rights abuses in U.S. agriculture. Make a contribution here to get us closer to our $10,000 goal