Nashville Fair Food, in solidarity with Florida farmworkers, challenges corporate irresponsibility.
“We are not in agreement with fair food.” That’s what Publix’s spokesman Mike VanDervort told us after our picket in front of their Belle Meade supermarket in Nashville today. Other than that he refused to tell us who he was (or anything else), except that he had flown in from Publix corporate headquarters in Florida to watch our protest and prevent us from talking to our local store managers.
The students, church members, and youth in our delegation looked at each other with surprise. We had spent the last hour talking with the neighboring businesses and Publix customers as they arrived to shop, and literally every single person we talked to had said that they support Publix signing the Fair Food Agreement with the workers who pick Publix’s produce. Even the woman in the upscale consignment shop next door…
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