<p> … earlier this year Reverend Thomas was ejected and then banned from a Sarasota, Fla., Publix.
He supports the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).
For years, this grassroots farmworker group and people of faith have urged Publix to join the Fair Food Program, a statewide collaboration among farmworkers, 90 percent of Florida’s tomato growers, and national corporate buyers like Whole Foods, McDonald’s, and in October, Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Publix public statements regarding its unwillingness to follow the lead of McDonald’s, Whole Foods, etc., in paying an additional penny per pound for tomatoes included the dastardly comment that it isn’t their responsibility if there are “atrocities” in their supply chain.
The closest grocery to my home is a Publix, and its small size is perfect size for my easily-exhausted energy. That small, nearby store has already lost thousands of my pennies, because I boycott establishments that don’t care about atrocities … and so do a lot of my friends, who have far more pennies to spend than I do.
Speak out against Publix finding atrocities acceptable, and take your pennies elsewhere until Publix doesn’t ban clergy their stores and compassion from their Boardroom.