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Pomona Students Speak Truth to Power Using Salsa Advocacy Tools

UNITE HERE is the largest worker organization in North America representing food service workers. One of their current initiatives -- "Real Food. Real Jobs" -- is a campaign aimed at "(transforming) the traditionally low-wage food service industry to an industry that provides affordable family health care, retirement security, and respect on the job" and also "working to change our food system by advocating for policies and practices that promote real, sustainable, and fair food."

As a part of the campaign, food service workers around the country have partnered with students and members of local communities to celebrate Food Day, the goal of which is to "bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way."

On the Sunday after Pomona College's celebration of Food Day, a Pomona student was asked to leave by one of the dining hall managers because the student was talking to a dining hall employee during the employee's break time. The manager cited a college policy that "forbids dining hall employees from talking to non-employees while on their break unless they leave the building." (The administration passed the policy after dining hall workers expressed interest in forming a union.) Using Salsa's advocacy tools and custom-targeting, UNITE HERE has launched a petition targeted at Pomona College's administration asking them to revoke the policy and "help build relationships between students, staff, and faculty, so that we can have a stronger community."

For more on UNITE HERE's "Real Food. Real Jobs" campaign, visit realfoodrealjobs.org.

Topics: Advocacy