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Farmworkers, supporters to march in Tampa; continue demands on Wendy’s, Publix

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On Wednesday afternoon, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will make its final stop in Tampa on a 12-city “Return to Human Rights Tour.” There, the CIW will march from a Publix location to a Wendy’s franchise in Tampa, to escalate its national boycott against the hamburger chain. Both the March and Vigil for Human Rights is a CIW boycott in response to the retailer’s decision to abandon its relationship with tomato growers and shift purchases to Mexico rather than participate in…

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Rotten tomatoes? Farmworkers sue Palm Beach over protest ban

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A U.S. farmworkers coalition is suing Palm Beach, alleging the wealthy town’s ordinances effectively bar the group from its constitutional right to hold a protest near the home of a billionaire fast-food executive. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, representing about 40,000 field workers, wants a federal judge to allow a planned demonstration March 12 near the home of Wendy’s Company board chairman Nelson Peltz. At issue is the company’s refusal to pay a penny-per-pound fee for its tomatoes to supplement…

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