March for Rights, Respect, and Fair Food
An Opportunity to March and Stand on the Side of Love
Here is some information for congregations and others who wish to join in on the last leg of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) upcoming March for Rights, Respect and Fair Food. Information will be updated as it evolves.
Information on some recent Unitarian Universalist involvement can be found here. Participating Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to wear their Standing on the Side of Love shirts. For a list of participating Unitarian Universalist congregations, check here.
The CIW website has an interactive map of the march route.
While participation is welcome all along the 175-mile route, a special effort is being made to ensure a large turn out as the march ends.
On Sunday, March 17, the last leg of the march will be 6 miles in Lakeland, FL (about 45 minutes east of Tampa). It ends at Publix headquarters at 4:00 pm.
Here is the plan for the day. Join in when and where you can!:
If unable to walk, meet at Publix Headquarters
11-11:45 am Shuttles provided from Publix HQ to march start site (Publix supermarket) - So you'll have your car at the end of the march!
11:30 am March the Final 6 miles:
Meet at Southgate Publix, 2515 S Florida Ave, Lakeland
Park at St. David's Episcopal Church, 145 E Edgewood Dr, Lakeland
1-1:45 pm Shuttles provided from Publix HQ to 3-mile mark (Publix supermarket) - So you'll have your car at the end of the march!
2:00 pm March the Final 3 miles:
Meet at Oakbridge Publix Supermarket, 3636 Harden Blvd, Lakeland
Park in business areas around Publix
4:00 pm Ceremony and Rally at Publix corporate headquarters
3300 Publix Corporate Parkway, Lakeland, FL, Airport Rd. entrance
To direct questions to our First Unitarian organizing team contact:
Register now with the CIW to aid in their planning or contact
From the Orlando area: A caravan will transport marchers from 1U to Lakeland following the second worship service on March 17. So that we have space for everyone, please sign up to participate by completing our CIW March Registration Form or contact
for more information. As of March 13 we have at least 50 people planning to attend from 1U. They will leave ceremonially just before the end of the 11:00 am service.
Participating UU Congregations: The following Unitarian Universalist congregations will be participating on March 17 or supporting the 2-week march in other ways: Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lakeland, First Unitarian Church of Orlando, Unitarian Universalist Church in Tarpon Spring. email
to let us know if we can add your congregation to the list.
The CIW and allies will march 150 miles to Lakeland, FL in a two-week March for Rights, Respect, and Fair Food! The march, which begins in Ft Myers, FL on Sunday, March 3, will end at the Publix headquarters in Lakeland on Sunday, March 17.
Recently, UUs from several central Florida congregations gathered with community partners to learn more about the CIW’s Fair Food program. The day culminated with a picket at the Publix in downtown Orlando where they were joined by farm workers and their families. A delegation from the group met with store managers to encourage Publix to sign on to the program which increases wages and improves working conditions for tomato pickers. To read about the day, click here. (Scroll down to find links to news stories at the bottom of the report.)
Participants committed to helping to swell the ranks of the upcoming march as it approaches the Publix headquarters on March 17. Volunteers from First Unitarian Church of Orlando are working closely with the CIW and Interfaith Action to be able to provide UUs statewide with logistical information for involvement for that day.This page will be updated with the latest information.