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Modern Slavery … a repost



Florida’s tomato farms supply 50% of all U.S. fresh tomatoes1 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.

And right now is the worst part of Florida’s tomato picking season – the days are hot and the vines have nearly been picked clean making it hard to fill quotas. In these final days, there is also tremendous pressure for tomato farms to turn a profit making conditions ripe for worker exploitation.

It’s important that we act now.

A new solution called the Fair Food Program has been proven successful in the fight against modern slavery in Florida’s tomato fields. But a major U.S. supermarket chain, Publix Super Markets, is refusing to support the Fair Food 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 program “one of the most successful and innovative programs” in the world today in the fight to uncover – and prevent — modern-day slavery, and just last week United Nations investigators 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 their 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 turn a blind eye and 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 support. Once you’ve sent your message to Publix, 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, Hayley, Nick, Jess, Amy and the Walk Free team.


Washington State Legislators and Boeing need to DUMP ALEC –


a repost from 12/2012 ~~


Given the havoc we all know the American Legislative Exchange Council has created on so many levels effecting our past and present; we all know that we need to make sure companies DUMP ALEC for a better Future. If Coca-Cola, Kraft and Pepsi-Co among others can … so can our State Representatives and Senators.

John Nichols wrote in an April article …  Don’t Just Pressure ALEC’s Sponsors, Name and Shame ALEC Legislators    – a good read

Below is a list of some Washington Legislators with & without associations with ALEC …

Demand that they sever their ties to ALEC Now !

Washington State Representatives  …

— Representative Jan Angel, 26th District, Port Orchard, Republican

Committees: Education, Transportation, Rules and Local Government.

Representative Matt Shea, 4th District, Spokane Valley, Republican   – Front office states they absolutely support ALEC

Committees: Labor & Workforce Development, Judiciary,Transportation and Leadership

Representative Charles R. Ross, 14th District, parts of Yakima County, Republican

Committees: Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member

Representative Barbara Bailey , 10th District, Island County and portions of Skagit and Snohomish counties, including the cities of La Conner, Oak Harbor, and Stanwood, Republican

Committees: Health and Human Services Task Force Member

Representative Joe Schmick, 9th District, Colfax, Republican – Front office states that Rep.Schmick feels the info RE:ALEC is not accurate

Committees: Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member

Representative Kevin Parker, 6th District, Spokane, Republican

Education Task Force Member

Representative Mike Armstrong, 12th District, Chelan and Wenatchee, Republican

Committees: Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force and Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member

Representative Bill Hinkle, 13th District, Cle Elum, Republican   — Retiring

Committees: Health Care and Wellness, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Ways and Means

Washington State Senators …  

Washington State Constituents appreciate and respect legislators who have made the choice to DUMP ALEC

the other Washington … in the news Jan 2014

PDF of today's Seattle Times front page

Wall Street plans on:”SocialInvestments” to reduce inmates-pilot prog2016 like Rikers-Goldman Sachs…written by Austin Jenkins

Boeing raked in $1.23billion

State ‘Dream Act’ set to pass after Republicans’ about-face



Starbucks – Recall for coffee presses

Guest: Providing for the health of urban American Indians 

WA State Senate: It looks like Washington’s Democratic Party, which has said it would mount a challenge to Rodney Tom—the Democratic senator who cast his lot in with the Republicans this session to give them the majority, in exchange for becoming majority leader—are seriously following through. The buzz is that Joan McBride, the former mayor of Kirkland (pop. 49,000, though only part of that is in LD-48),

will announce a run this week.

That’s only part of the battle, though. Given Washington’s top-two primary format, a solid GOP opponent may also be necessary, in order to block Tom from surviving the primary. Even though Tom’s 48th District went 62 percent for Obama in 2012, a McBride vs. Tom general election runs the risk of being a reprise of CT-Sen ’06, if Tom can vacuum up all of the district’s Republican votes, plus enough centrist Dem and indie votes to win. (David Jarman) dailykos.com

State Will Need to Find $2.4B to Ease Salmon Barriers | Public Data Ferret

Japanese Woman Dies after Heavy-Set Police Officer Sits on Her

Mariners, MLB will start using metal detectors | NW Briefs

There have been many reactions to Governor Jay Inslee’s call this week to increase the state minimum wage. Some skeptics believe that raising the minimum wage will cause low-wage jobs to be lost. However, Arindrajit Dube, a University of Massachusetts economist and a leading researcher on minimum wage, shares his findings on the effects of raising minimum wage. Dube and fellow economists, T. William Lester and Michael Reich, looked at minimum wage differentials in bordering jurisdictions over a period of two decades. Their conclusion, Dube says: “There is very little evidence of job loss.”

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Invested Millions in Scandal-Plagued Private Prisons, Defense Contractor

Pension proposal draws fire

Bill would move some state workers to 401(k)-style plans

 Boeing to pay $320M Machinists this month

Boeing puts all pensions at risk | Danny Westneat


Judge:   SeaTac’s $15 wage floor    can’t include airport workers

 Make sure your Youth Athlete gets a Complete Check UP

Judge gives go-ahead for charter schools, but raises funding question

A disturbing look at where, how people die in King County

Settlement Agreement Implementation

A day after lawsuit, railroads to offer same-sex benefits  In a reversal, the nation’s largest freight rail carriers announced they will provide health benefits to employees’ same-sex spouses. But the announcement will not stop a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Seattle.

Judge: Skagit County towns shortchange poor defendants


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Fast Food Strikes Sweep the Nation


Workers Fight for a Living Wage

Today marked the “biggest wave of job actions in the history of America’s fast-food industry,” as low-wage workers demanding a $15 per hour living wage walked off the job in 130 cities and related actions took place in dozens more.

CREDIT: Christopher Butterfield

Today’s striking workers included those at the McDonald’s inside the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum here in the nation’s capital, reports ThinkProgress:

One striking McDonald’s worker told ThinkProgress, “I’m hurting. I’m crying in my heart, my kids are starving. $8.25 is not enough to live in D.C., or anywhere for that matter, when the cost of living is constantly going up.” The $8.25 she makes at McDonald’s is not enough for her to support her two children. “I live in Capitol Hill and my rent is $1050. I work my butt off at work for a $300 check that I can’t even use to pay my rent. So, it’s saddening. It’s depressing, I’m seeing a therapist. It’s just a lot.”

The workers were joined by several Members of Congress, including Rep. Jan Schakowski (D-IL):

“We had a conversation last election about the makers and the takers, about the 1 percent and the 99 percent, and Barack Obama won that election,” she said. “They can be the makers if they have money in their pockets!”

Schakowski alludes to a very simple reality: it’s middle-class consumers, not the wealthy, who are America’s real job creators. Putting more money into the pockets of workers so they can buy things from businesses large and small creates a virtuous circle that grows our economy from the middle class out, not the top down.

As Pope Francis recently said, trickle-down economics has “never been confirmed by the facts.” Indeed, trickle-down economics has left decades of broken promises and growing income inequality in its wake. By contrast, raising the minimum wage would both help our economy and lift millions of the working poor out of poverty.

In addition to improving the lives of millions of families, raising the minimum wage would also reduce government spending on public assistance. Low-wage earners receive $243 BILLION in food stamps, Medicaid, and other public benefits every year. A recent report from the National Employment Law Project found that low wages at the top 10 largest fast food companies alone cost taxpayers $3.8 BILLION per year. By itself, McDonald’s, which recently advised its workers to find a second job and turn down the heat in order to make ends meet, is estimated to cost taxpayers $1.2 BILLION annually.

BOTTOM LINE: As President Obama said yesterday in his major speech on income inequality and upward mobility, “it’s well past the time to raise a minimum wage that in real terms right now is below where it was when Harry Truman was in office.”