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Florida farmworkers end fast
Catholic News Service photoA farmworker and member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers holds up a sign March 10 in Lakeland, Fla., during in a march that drew more than 300 people to urge the Publix Supermarket chain to sign a

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A farmworker and member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers holds up a sign March 10 in Lakeland, Fla., during in a march that drew more than 300 people to urge the Publix Supermarket chain to sign a "Fair Food" agreement that would pay an extra penny per pound for tomatoes harvested by the workers.

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Ethel Kennedy said showing support for 61 farmworkers ending a six-day fast was a matter of charity and justice.


The widow of Sen. Robert Kennedy joined farmworkers and 1,000 supporters in Lakeland, Florida, to urge officials of the Publix supermarket chain there to consider the needs of those who toil in the fields to pick the produce sold in their stores.


The Coalition of Immokalee Workers had been fasting to call attention to what organizers say is a refusal by officials of the Publix supermarket chain to discuss the need for fair wages and safe and humane conditions for workers in the fields.


The coalition is calling for a penny-per-pound increase in what farmworkers are paid for tomatoes and other crops they pick.


Orlando Bishop John Noonan said the church “stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who fast for fair food."





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