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Natural SaintsHow People of Faith are Working to Save God's Earth$
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Mallory McDuff

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379570.001.0001

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Protecting Human Dignity

Protecting Human Dignity

Fair Food, Farmworker Rights, and the Church

(p.11) 1 Protecting Human Dignity
Natural Saints

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This chapter describes a partnership between churches and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a farmworker organization, in its Campaign for Fair Food, which strives for fair wages, a code of conduct, an end to slavery in the fields of south Florida, and a voice for farmworkers. People of faith have redefined a ministry of protecting human dignity by working as allies with the CIW to pressure fast-food companies and grocery stores to increase the amount they pay for tomatoes by a penny a pound, in an effort to improve the wages and human dignity of immigrant farmworkers. This chapter reveals lessons that include having faith in the improbable, integrating religious rituals into the tactics of grassroots groups, viewing the church as a partner for justice, seeing the church as a place for reconciliation, and recognizing human dignity as a component of sustainable food systems.

Keywords:   churches, Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), fair food, human dignity, immigrants, modern day slavery, sustainable food systems

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