Justice for Smithfield

That is why I stood with workers from the Smithfield packing plant on June 16th as they tried to draw attention to their struggle.  We marched from the Harris Teeter in south Charlotte to the home of Harris Teeter's CEO to deliver a Father's Day card from the children of Smithfield workers.  The workers want Harris Teeter to stop carrying Smithfield products.

It has been some time since I felt so gratified to be with a group of people.  The stories I heard made me wonder if we were really in 2007.  A man who came down with colon cancer was terminated and lost his health coverage.  Undocumented workers who attempt to participate in organizing are visited by INS.  Workers being injured from working in close proximity with sharp instruments.

Photo Gallery: Smithfield Workers seek Justice

This Saturday Paula Deen will be in Charlotte at Ovens Auditorium demonstrating her southern style of cooking.  Ms. Deen is a paid spokesperson for Smithfield.  The Smithfield workers along with supportive clergy have asked Ms. Deen to not participate with Smithfield and to stop promoting Smithfield products in her presentations.  I will be outside with workers from the Tar Heel plant and members of the UCFW.  I would urge others to join me and the wonderful people who work for Smithfield in helping to raise the awareness of their struggle for justice in the work place.

www.smithfieldjustice.com

Thank you
John Autry

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Hi John

Welcome to BlueNC.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I knew there was a reason she bugged me.

This Saturday Paula Deen will be in Charlotte at Ovens Auditorium demonstrating her southern style of cooking. Ms. Deen is a paid spokesperson for Smithfield.

Thanks for letting us know about the event. Please know that many of us are with you in thought and spirit, even if we are not present on Saturday. I've made my feelings known to Harris Teeter and to Smithfield. Would it do any good at all to write to Paula Deen and/or The Food Network?

Thank you.

There are so many critically important issues to stay on top of . . . and many of us get so narrowly focused on our own "pet projects" that we don't keep up with all the others.

I really appreciate you coming by to make this post . . . and I hope you'll become a regular. We need a good squeaky wheel in the labor department.

Hey John, welcome! How are

Hey John, welcome!

How are things in your "MecK" of the woods (sorry, I couldn't help myself)?

Thanks for sharing the story. Sure would be nice to see some head's up posts out here, so we can be at events like this, standing shoulder to shoulder, supporting each other. I mean, why wait for Moveon.org? Surely, we are capable of alerting each other of things like this coming up!

Hey!

Hey to you and yours!

Doing great. Not getting much time in Mecklenburg lately.

We'll be gathering up across the street from Ovens around 2:30 and would appreciate any and all who could join us.

Peace and Justice
JA

If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more.

Harriet Tubman (1822 – 1913)

Smithfield

Thanks for this post on smithfield. I t will never hurt to let the food network know we are watching.

Yes. and harris teeter.

but I hope Smithfield, where I have added my email contact twice, will also tell us how we can help.

TurnNCBlue

Ah yes.

The Food Network. Let's keep that online contact form on their web site humming.

Thanks
JA

If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more.

Harriet Tubman (1822 – 1913)

Very obnoxius person

Paula is a very obnoxius person and this gives me one more reason to not like her.

I bet she is a Republican.