Since 2011, T’ruah has brought more than 80 rabbis and 15 lay people to visit the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farmworker organization that is transforming the Florida tomato fields from ground zero for modern day slavery to some of the best workplaces in U.S. agriculture. The #tomatorabbis, as members of the rabbinic delegations call themselves, have gone home to involve members of their own communities in asking major corporations to join the coalition’s Fair Food Program, which raises the wages of tomato workers and ensures fair, regulated working conditions in the fields to end the conditions that have led to widespread labor trafficking and slavery.

T’ruah has worked with the coalition to bring Trader Joe’s, Ahold (Stop & Shop/Giant), and Chipotle into the Fair Food Program. We are currently organizing Jewish communities to ask Wendy’s to join fourteen major corporations in doing the same, and are partnering with the coalition to expand the Fair Food Program into additional states and crops.

“The students in my 10th grade Prophets class decided to sign T’ruah’s letter asking Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program, to deliver this letter to the local Wendy’s and to speak with the manager there. The students felt powerful and proud of themselves as they connected the biblical words of the prophets with working for justice today.”

—Rabbi Rachel Brown, American Hebrew Academy

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