Wendy’s Boycott Summit kickstarts student organizing for the year ahead!

This past weekend, nearly 90 allies from across the Alliance for Fair Food’s vibrant national network of students, youth, people of faith, Fair Food Group members and worker-led and grassroots organizations came together in Immokalee for a successful, first-ever Wendy’s Boycott Summit. Hailing from nearly 20 different states – and with student representation from 19 schools and universities from Denver to Vermont to Columbus to Miami – participants gathered at the heart of the movement for Fair Food to build skills, relationships and, of course, develop a winning strategy for a victory in the Wendy’s Boycott!

The weekend began with a beautiful opening ceremony at the CIW’s Community Center in Immokalee as allies were warmly welcomed by the CIW’s Women’s Group, and an important reflection on planting seeds of consciousness to harvest fruits of dignity and justice. Over the next couple of days, participants dove into skill-building workshops about student organizing, building an SFA Chapter on campus, press strategy, language justice and more. Campaign history sessions drew insightful connections between the seminal Taco Bell boycott and the current national boycott of Wendy’s. 

Students and young people put their heads together during the weekend to strengthen and grow SFA’s Boot the Braids campaign to cut university contracts with on-campus Wendy’s, including at The Ohio State University in Wendy’s hometown of Columbus, OH. And, together with people of faith and Fair Food Group members, strategized to mobilize students, congregations and local communities to take action in the upcoming ‘Behind the Braids’ regional fall tours and national weekend of action from Nov. 11-13! 

On Saturday, the group loaded onto buses and headed into Naples, where they were met with an energized contingent of farmworkers and their families from Immokalee and dozens more Southwest Florida allies to picket outside a prominent Wendy’s location. The 150-strong protest went far from unnoticed by Wendy’s management and the cars passing by on busy U.S. 41, drawing on the strength, excitement and commitment of the farmworkers and allies that throughout the weekend had been working together to bring Wendy’s to the table with the CIW.

The Summit weekend concluded with participants conscious, committed and ready to hit the ground running with a long, concrete list of plans to take back to their home bases and turn up the heat on Wendy’s – and many of these are already set in motion!

Check out the seven Wendy’s actions taking place in cities across Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky just next week. And if any of the Behind the Braids tours are heading your way, make sure to get in touch and catch the wave of actions sweeping the nation!

TUESDAY, October 4
Wendy’s Protest in Cincinnati, OH
4:30 PM@ Wendy’s (1246 Hopple St, Cincinnati)
Contact: shelby (at) allianceforfairfood.org

TUESDAY, October 4
Wendy’s Protest in Nashville, TN
5:30 PM @ Wendy’s (1045 28th Ave N)
Contact: yaissy (at) sfalliance.org

WEDNESDAY, October 5
Wendy’s Protest in Cleveland, OH
4:30 PM @ Wendy’s (13246 Cedar Rd.)
Contact: shelby (at) allianceforfairfood.org

WEDNESDAY, October 5
Wendy’s Protest in Athens, GA
5:30 PM @ Daily Coop (523 Prince Ave)
Contact: carmen (at) allianceforfairfood.org

THURSDAY, October 6
Wendy’s Protest in Louisville, KY
12:00 PM @ University of Louisville Library
Contact: shelby (at) allianceforfairfood.org

FRIDAY, October 7
Wendy’s Protest in Columbus, OH
3:00 PM @ Wendy’s (2004 N High St.)
Contact: shelby (at) allianceforfairfood.org

SATURDAY, October 8
March to Wendy’s in Atlanta, GA
1:30 PM @ Piedmont Park Charles Allen Entrance (500 10th St NE)
Contact: carmen (at) allianceforfairfood.org

It’s only a matter of time before Wendy’s realizes the only way forward is joining the Fair Food Program! 

¡Wendy’s ya cayó!