Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Food justice leaders to Chipotle: "We view the CIW’s struggle for dignity as a non-negotiable part of the struggle for a sustainable food system."

"Food, Inc." director (Robert Kenner) and co-producer (Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation) join more than two dozen sustainable food movement leaders in an open letter to burrito giant Chipotle in support of migrant farmworkers!

In a strongly worded letter, more than two dozen of the country's leading sustainable food activists are demanding that Denver-based Chipotle, the fastest growing company in fast-food, live up to its claims of "Food with Integrity" and "work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers as a true partner in the protection of farmworkers' rights."
Frances Moore Lappe ("Diet for a Small Planet"), Raj Patel ("Stuffed and Starved"), Josh Viertel (President, Slow Food USA), and Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser (director and co-producer the critically acclaimed new documentary on the food industry, "Food, Inc.") are just a few of the voices for a more just food system that added their names to the open letter. Here's an excerpt:

"We realize that Chipotle has announced that it's paying an extra penny per pound for tomatoes, but we have to ask: What has Chipotle done since that announcement to identify and cultivate growers who are willing to raise their labor standards and pass the penny along to their workers? Your company has shown admirable leadership in working with – and incubating – meat suppliers willing to meet your higher standards. But your failure to do that same hard work in the Florida tomato industry – together with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) – threatens to render your announcement an empty gesture aimed more at public relations damage control than an effort to make real change."

The letter comes in the wake of last week's news of an important breakthrough in the Campaign for Fair Food -- Whole Foods' announcement that two of Florida's leading organic producers, Alderman Farms and Lady Moon Farms, will implement the company's agreement with the CIW, including the penny-per-pound wage increase and a strict code of conduct.

Click here to see the letter in its entirety and the full list of signatories!

We could not have said it better. Denver Fair Food is proud that, despite all Chipotle's attempts to sell itself as a sustability savior, the real sustainable food movement sees that their interests lie more with the diligent efforts of a grassroots organization of immgrant farmworkers than with the self-serving PR claims of a fast-food corporation. While Chipotle can remain a stubborn holdout against working with the CIW, it cannot expect those who believe in a just and sustainable food system to languish with it.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Be at this HUGE event to support Immigrant Rights!

On June 13th, 2009 the United Families tour will stop in Colorado! United Families is a nationwide tour led by Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez to encourage Congress to pass just & humane immigration reform in 2009! In over 20 cities, families that suffer under our broken immigration policies have told their stories to thousands of onlookers, the media, and elected officials.
You have the opportunity to be a part of this historic tour and a part of the solution! On June 13th, Representative Gutierrez will partner with Representative Jared Polis to launch his summer United Families tour in Northglenn, Colorado. Colorado families will tell their immigration stories and Archbishop Chaput, Father Ames, Reverend Simpson, Imam Ali and other faith leaders will help us to understand how our faith calls us to respond. Finally, Representatives Polis and Gutierrez will explain what action congress can take and how YOU can help.
Please save the date for this historic event as faith leaders, community members and Congressional champions for immigration reform join to demonstrate the urgency of fixing our broken immigration system.
We invite YOU and 2,000 of your closest friends to attend this powerful event!
June 13th, 2009! 1:00 PM, Doors Open at 11:30 AM!
RSVP to the Office of Congressman Polis @ 303-484-9596!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Parish Center, 11385 Grant St., Northglenn, CO

To volunteer to help make this event a success email!

To volunteer specifically for security email or attend this training!
Wear Red! Training for Security & Marshals!
For the Familias Unidas in Northglenn on June 13th!
No experience necessary! Support your Immigrant Justice Movement!
Security Training is Thursday, June 11th, 2009 6:00 pm at CIRC! (3131 W 14th Ave, Denver)
Spread the word & bring a friend!
Spanish language ability is desired but not required. There have been very few provocateurs at past immigrant rights marches in Denver. However, we will be stepping up security and marshalling, having YOU is extremely important to demonstrate that we take care of our event participants.