Associate Conference Minister Peter Wells joined hundreds of demonstrators on Sunday, Feb. 27, as they marched from Copley Square to a Brigham Circle Stop & Shop, calling on the supermarket chain to improve wages and working conditions for tomato pickers in Florida.
Wells read from a letter signed by numerous religious leaders from a wide variety of faiths, saying in part:
- See pictures and read more about the protest on the Coalition of Immokalee Workers website.
- Read the entire text of the letter from religious leaders.
- Read the Boston Globe coverage of the protest.
You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer, whether of your own people or a stranger…(Deuteronomy 24:14)
Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. (James 5:4)
Men shall have the benefit of what they earn, and women shall have the benefit of what they earn. (Holy Qur’an 4:32)