Ohio Clergy and Community Leaders Call on Wendy’s Executives to End Sexual Violence for Farmworkers

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October 24, 2017

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Ohio Clergy and Community Leaders Call on Wendy’s Executives to End Sexual Violence for Farmworkers

 

COLUMBUS, OH -- On Monday, October 23rd, Ohio interfaith clergy and community members gathered with farmworker women leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and allies for a moving interfaith service that prayerfully called on Wendy’s to end sexual violence in their fields.

 

Wendy’s is the largest fast food chain to not sign on to the Fair Food Program that ensures safety and equality in the agriculture industry. With 4 out of 5 farmworker women experiencing sexual harassment or assault in agriculture, it’s time to cultivate dignity and respect for the women who harvest the food we eat.

 

To watch a video of the event, click here.

 

Sylvia Perez, Coalition of Immokalee Workers:

“We’ve been in the struggle for more than 25 years now and people of faith have been alongside us every step of the way. We are not victims – we just want dignity for the work that we do in the fields. But nonetheless the struggle continues, the fight continues and we will win.”

 

Rev. Lynda Smith, First Unitarian Universalist Church:

“We pray that Wendy’s opens their hearts, opens their eyes and opens their ears to the real conditions of farmworkers. May the power of us united together awaken the hearts and minds of these people.”

 

Alex Hoey and Reyna Lusson, OSU Student/Farmworker Alliance:

“We’re here today, calling on Wendy’s to witness this ongoing struggle and take a stand against sexual violence in the workplace by signing the Fair Food Program. We are also here today to condemn Ohio State University’s complicity in these ongoing human rights abuses. Despite years of students and community members demanding that Wendy’s be kicked off campus, OSU administration quietly and cowardly re-signed their contract with Wendy’s after students had left for the summer. As students and farmworkers cry, ‘Me Too,’ OSU and Wendy’s respond with ’Too Bad.’”

 

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