Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving, Hard News, Great News too.

First, before any political stuff, I wish each of you a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!  May you each have what you need and at least a bit of what you want.

***Campaign update: We have just found out that Publix’ server is BLOCKING delivery
of 347,551 Walk Free activists’ emails asking them to sign the Fair Food Agreement
to help end modern slavery in the U.S. tomato industry.
To ensure all messages are received, we are planning an in-person delivery tomorrow
to the company's Florida headquarters.
Will you help us reach 400,000 signatures and get the message through to Publix?

Florida’s tomato farms supply 50% of all U.S. fresh tomatoes
 but have also been called America’s ‘ground zero for slavery’.
 Countless workers have been found held against their will, threatened with violence
and forced to haul hundreds of heavy tomato buckets a day for little to no pay.
A new solution called the Fair Food Program has proven successful in the fight against
modern slavery in Florida’s tomato fields. But major U.S. supermarket chain,
Publix Super Markets
, is refusing to support the Program
. Publix continues to buy tomatoes from growers that are not partners of the Fair
Food Program and where workers still toil beyond the reach of its proven protection
from modern slavery.
Tell Publix Super Markets' CEO William Crenshaw to join the fight against slavery in the U.S. tomato industry.
After decades of abuse, Florida’s farmworkers finally have a chance in the fight
against exploitation with the Fair Food Program,
demanding a policy of zero tolerance for human rights abuses, including slavery,
on tomato farms.
The White House recently called the exciting new initiative "one of the most successful
and innovative programs" in the world today in the fight to uncover – and prevent
-- modern slavery, and United Nations investigators have called it “impressive” and
praised its “independent and robust enforcement mechanism."
Leading brands including Subway, Whole Foods Market, McDonald’s and Trader Joe’s
have already joined the fight against forced labour
 and now only buy tomatoes from growers who comply with the following Fair Food Principles:
A code of conduct for tomato growers;
Complaint mechanisms for farmworkers;
Education sessions to help workers understand their rights; and
Regular auditing of farm operations.
It’s been four long years of public pressure but Publix, one of the largest purchasers
of local tomatoes, still refuses to take responsibility for its supply chain.
Tell Publix to make the right decision to join the Fair Food Program and ensure our tomatoes meet the highest human rights standards in the food industry today.
Will Publix Super Markets, which prides itself on making Fortune’s “Best Companies
to Work For” list, continue to give excuses, or will it leverage its vast market
influence and lead the way in cleaning up slavery in the tomato supply chain once
and for all?
We think Publix will make the right choice, but it won’t happen without broad public
Please forward this email on to your friends and family
, urging them to join the fight that is ending slavery in the U.S. tomato industry.
Thank you for your support,
Debra, Kate, Ryan, Mich, Olly, Jess, Kamini, Sarah and the Walk Free team.
Walk Free is a movement of people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world's
greatest evils: Modern slavery.
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Together, We Did Make a Difference, at least in One Life

Thank you for taking the time to support my daughter, Sarah Murnaghan. More than
373,000 people, including you, took action to help my daughter receive a lung transplant,
which she received a few months ago.
She is continuing to get stronger every day, with great progress since we have gotten
home. She no longer is on oxygen support and sprints off of the ventilator every
day with her lungs and muscles doing all of the work.
The big part of rehabilitation now is building back the muscles, which takes time.
She does physical therapy every day and is now walking with a walker to support as
needed. She loves to take walks in the neighborhood after dinner with the family
and is so proud of her progress.
She is also back in school at home, with teachers coming in house four days a week.
Her classmates and friends have been visiting and she is excited to going back to
school, which will be next year.
Thank you again for the support as Sarah would not be with us today without what
everyone did with us to make a change.
To read more on the difference we all made, please reference the recent New England
Journal of Medicine article about Sarah.
Many have also asked if they can donate, which can be done here:
Janet, Fran, Sarah, Ella, Sean and Finn Murnaghan
This message was sent by Family and Friends of Sarah Murnaghan using the Change.org
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1 comment:

  1. Hi, T! Wish the best for you this Thanksgiving and holiday season.

    Thanks for sharing these reminders to help others.