More than two weeks after embarking on a journey that covered 12 cities and over 2,000 miles, the Return to Human Rights Tour crew was given a warm welcome by nearly 300 allies in Tampa on Wednesday! The tour's grand finale included a massive march from a Publix Greenwise store in Tampa's Hyde Park neighborhood, to a Wendy’s restaurant on the highly trafficked Kennedy Boulevard.
Students, worker leaders from local unions and grassroots organizations from as far as Palm Beachm, joined CIW members in taking the tour's incredible energy home to finish off strong — leaving Wendy's and Publix with the message that, the longer they delay justice to farmworkers, the more united and louder our movement's call will be. And to close out the action, New College students announced that they would be taking up the torch from Ohio State and University of Michigan in the Boot the Braids rolling student fast that is taking off across the country.
Finally, thank you to each and every SFAer who supported the Return to Human Rights Tour. From organizing busloads of students, coordinating housing and meals for the tour crew and bringing all the ánimo to the many colorful actions along the route — it all helped make the tour a smashing success. And a very special shout out to the 19 OSU students and community fasters for staging one of the most powerful and inspiring actions in the Wendy’s Boycott, which has sparked a wave of national student/community support for the Boot the Braids campaign with the upcoming rolling student fasts. We see you!