Tell Publix to Sell Slave-Free Tomatoes
  • Petitioned Dwaine Stevens

This petition was delivered to:

Media & Community Relations Manager
Dwaine Stevens
Director of Media & Community Relations for Publix
Maria Brous
Hoyt Barnett
Chair, Board of Directors
Howard Jenkins
CEO Publix Supermarkets
Ed Crenshaw
David Phillips

Tell Publix to Sell Slave-Free Tomatoes

    1. Petition by

      Student Farmworker Alliance

You'd think a Florida-based company would care about men and women being enslaved in their own backyard, right? In Publix Supermarket's case, that's so wrong. Publix, one of the largest supermarket chains in Florida, has not only refused to address the slavery and exploitation of farm workers in their own backyard, they've practically laughed at it. According to Publix’s Media and Community Relations Manager Dwaine Stevens,

“We don’t have any plans to sit down with the CIW because it's not our issue... If there are some atrocities going on, it’s not our business. Maybe it’s something the government should get involved with.”

None of your business, Publix? Actually, when you sell tomatoes picked by enslaved or exploited farm workers, slavery is a huge part of your business -- it's in your business model, your business profits, and in the loss of business that happens when customers choose to shop at a supermarket that cares about workers.

Publix should follow the lead of many other leading companies in Florida and sign the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Campaign for Fair Food, which raises farmworker wages by a penny per pound of tomatoes and creates protections against slavery and exploitation. It's time Publix supported the workers of Florida and started selling slave-free tomatoes.

Recent signatures


    1. The Nation: Florida's Infamous Other Fruit

      The tomato is in trouble. The tomatoes in Big Macs and Taco Bell tacos and in supermarkets, especially in the winter, all come from the same place: South Florida...Those tomato fields are "ground zero for modern-day slavery"...

    2. Shopping for a big Easter dinner this week? If you want to serve fairly-harvested tomatoes, don't go to Publix.

    3. Coalition of Immokalee Workers Asks Supermarkets for Fair Food

      As part of their ongoing efforts to fight the exploitation, abuse, and slavery of farmworkers, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Student Farmworker Alliance have launched campaigns on asking leading grocery chains to stand with them...

    4. Publix Runs Low on Weak Excuses That Prop Up Poverty

      For two years now, Publix supermarkets have been creating sad excuses to explain why they won't help fight human trafficking and exploitation in the tomato industry. But the well of self-justification is starting to run a little dry these days. The...

    5. Farmworkers, Advocates Deliver Petition to Publix

      Last Saturday, a group of farmworkers and fair food advocates stood outside a Nashville Publix in cold, rainy weather to ask the company to help end the abuse and exploitation of farmworkers by paying them just a penny per pound more for tomatoes....

    6. Activists Ask Publix for Abuse-Free Tomatoes on Facebook, Twitter

      This weekend, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers will end their two-week tour with the Modern-Day Slavery Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. There, they'll deliver the signatures of over 30,000 members to Publix leadership, as yet another...

    7. Farmworker Advocates Take Over 30,000 Members on Tour

      The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) are taking their mobile modern-day slavery museum on tour this week, and they're bringing over 30,000 members with them -- via petition. The museum has been working its way up from Florida, through...

    8. CIW are preparing to take this campaign on the road! Find out more at .

    9. Check out Free Speech Radio's recent story on the Publix

    10. Publix's Reponse to Protesters: We're Nice, Not Fair

      Last weekend, over 1,500 people converged on Publix supermarket's headquarters in Tampa to demand the company sell slave-free tomatoes. The protesters brought instruments, puppets, and the signatures of 30,000 members to Publix management....

    11. Reached 30 signatures
    12. Hundreds of protesters marched on Tampa this weekend, demanding Publix "Do the Right Thing." The pressure is really on now!

    13. Amazing video of Publix protesters in Atlanta, the new "freedom fighters" of the South:

    14. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has agreed to deliver this petition to Publix management at 2pm on Saturday. Can we help them get 30,000 signatures by then?

    15. The "Do the Right Thing Tour" has been protesting in New York. Boston, and Maryland. Today they head to Tampa. Let's get to 30,000 signatures before they get to Tampa.

    16. Shoppers in Texas are standing with shoppers and tomato growers in Florida today to ask Publix for fair tomatoes:

    17. Reached 25 signatures
    18. Publix Customers Pledge Boycotts Until Chain Stops Exploiting Farmworkers

      In the lead up to a huge protest of Publix supermarkets scheduled in Florida this weekend, over 20,000 members have asked Publix to sign onto the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Campaign for Fair Food. Among them are thousands of Publix...

    19. Reached 20 signatures
    20. We're only 1,000 signatures away from our goal of 20,000! Let's get there so the Coalition of Immokalee Workers will deliver this petition to Publix this weekend.

    21. Reached 17 signatures
    22. Subs are one of Publix's most popular products. Help this campaign by posting a note on the Publix subs Facebook wall asking for slave-free tomatoes on their sandwiches!

    23. Reached 15 signatures
    24. Hundreds have already marched for freedom in Boston, and hundreds more will march in Florida this week. Will you support them?

    25. Reached 12 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rachel Minchey ORLANDO, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      It's the right thing. end of story.

      • almost 3 years ago

      Because I am commited to the fight to end human trafficking. Please also check out the petition I created to help raise awareness about the different ways to support the fight against human trafficking. Please take a look, and sign it if it speaks to you.

    • John Sapp DUNNELLON, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      It is the responsibility of Businesses to know what they are selling to their customers, expanding beyond the list of ingredients. Slavery is inhuman. I would glady pay extra to know I was doing so for a good cause.

    • Megan Fink JOHNS ISLAND, SC
      • about 3 years ago

      End human slave labor!

    • george waring YOUNGSTOWN, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      I sign this because Publix generally sucks/


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