Freedom Fast in NYC

Episode 1 · April 11th, 2018 · 55 mins 6 secs

About this Episode

Amirah and Will discuss their participation in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Freedom Fast in New York City that took place March 11-15, 2018. Then they play "one-one-one" where they each ask each other 3 questions on a particular theme. This episode's them is the word "fast" in honor of the Freedom Fast.
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a farmworker-led human rights organization that is changing the lives of people who work in agriculture across the United States. Their Fair Food Program raises wages, eliminates forced labor (slavery) in the fields, stops sexual and physical violence, and ensures that people have the right to access to water and bathroom breaks while they work. The CIW's current campaign is calling on Wendy's fast food restaurants to join the Fair Food Program like other fast food outlets such as Taco Bell, McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, and Chipotle. In this episode, Amirah and Will describe their experience participating in the CIW's annual spring action, which took place in front of the office of Nelson Peltz, Wendy's board chair and largest shareholder. Farmworkers and allies fasted for 5 days in front of Peltz's office in midtown Manhattan. The week culminated with a march where thousands of people joined farmworkers in their call for justice.
In the second half of the podcast, Amirah and Will play "one-on-one," which is a way they have a structured conversation by asking each other 3 questions on a particular topic. In this episode, the theme for the conversation is the word "fast" in honor of the CIW's Freedom Fast.