The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is an organization of immigrant tomato pickers in Florida who have led powerful national campaigns for over a decade, calling for just wages and working conditions. These workers toil in some of the worst conditions in the country. Over the past decade, they have won gains against such fast food giants as Taco Bell, McDonald’s, and Burger King. Some supermarket chains, including Kroger and Publix, are still holding out, refusing to agree to the simple demand of “one penny more” per pound of tomatoes, so that these farmworkers can earn a living wage.
Mary was a comfort to Christ on the way to the crucifixion, as she is a comfort to the millions of poor who so often implore her aid. Let us ask Our Lady to see the suffering of the farmworkers of Immokalee, Florida and show us how to walk with those who seek justice.
Let us pray:
We adore you, Lord Jesus, and we praise you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Take action: What better time than Holy Week to join the Fast for Fair Food? An activist in the Ohio campaign for explains: Inspired by the participation of Florida faith leaders and congregants in last months’ Fast for Fair Food, the Florida Council of Churches has issued a call for people of good will to choose a day during this Holy Week to fast and pray “that Publix will affirm its better self to ‘do the right thing.’” They have even set up a page for people to send letters to Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw explaining why they are fasting this week for Fair Food!