John Carroll University, Georgetown University and University of Notre Dame have joined a rolling series of nationwide protests against fast-food chain Wendy’s. Students and alumni from the three universities have collaborated to participate in three sequential 48-hour fasts. Since March, students at colleges around the nation have been fasting in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, an organization of farmworkers in Florida that work to improve farmworkers’ rights.
In 2011, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers began the Fair Food Program, a worker-driven partnership among farmers, farmworkers, and food companies that ensures a living wage and humane conditions for produce pickers. Currently, 14 major food retailers participate in the program, including Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Chipotle, and Wal-Mart. The program now protects thousands of farmworkers. Wendy’s has yet to join the Fair Food Program. Students are using the hunger strike to protest Wendy’s refusal to participate in the program.
Read the full article and description of student participation on the National Catholic Reporter website.