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· Students Demand Vanderbilt Cut Ties With Wendy's
· After Ohio State Extends Wendy's Lease, Students Fast For Farm Worker Solidarity
Students Demand Vanderbilt Cut Ties With Wendy's
NewsChannel5 Nashville, TN
Mar 18, 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt students hit the streets to demand the school cut ties with the fast food chain Wendy's.
The group, which also included Nashville residents, marched from Vanderbilt’s campus to the Wendy's location on West End.
The event was organized by the group "Nashville Fair Food." The march was part of the “Boot the Braids" campaign led by students at universities across the country.
They wanted their schools to end contracts with Wendy's unless the company commits to respecting farmworker human rights by joining the Fair Food Program...
After Ohio State Extends Wendy's Lease, Students Fast For Farm Worker Solidarity
By Esther Honig, WOSU Public Media Columbus, OH
May 20, 2017
A group of about 20 Ohio State students will begin a week-long fast on Monday to show solidarity with farm workers. They say the university went back on its word by signing another lease with Dublin-based Wendy's, which is one of the few major fast food chains that's held out of joining a national program that works to prevent abuse of U.S. farm workers.
In 2015, Ohio State's administration wrote in their lease with Wendy’s that if the company did not improve their labor practices to the satisfaction of the Student Farm Worker Alliance, the university would not renew the lease for a location inside the Wexner Medical Center.
Since then, Wendy’s has declined to join a farm worker-led organization, the Fair Food Program. Instead, the corporation started sourcing tomatoes from a Mexican farm that students say has a documented history of labor abuse and human rights violations.
Alex Hoey, a student partaking in the fast, says Ohio State has gone back on their word by extending their lease with Wendy’s for another six months.
“We fast not only to urge Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program but to also urge OSU to cut their contract with Wendy’s," Hoey says.
Hoey says students will spend the next week fasting and protesting outside the Ohio State administration office. Instead of going to lunch, the group will host teach-ins lead by a number of local non-profit organizations.
University officials says they're committed...