Summer Organizers from coast to coast have been working hard to inform CVS managers and customers about issues at Sky Chefs, one of CVS’ vendors. Around the country, there have been about 30 delegations to CVS thus far! After the excitement Summer Organizers in New York experienced during their action, Summer Organizers in Chicago, Phoenix and New Orleans share their experiences:
“In Chicago, we took our materials to a CVS on Friday, July 1st. The CVS manager called the police, claiming we were harassing customers. Of course, we were not harassing customers, and so I wasn’t worried when the police showed up, but if we hadn’t known our rights they would have at the very least made us leave. So that leads me to the most important lesson I learned this week: Always know your rights. If you don’t, people may try to take advantage of you.” – Sophia, Summer Organizer, Chicago
“In Phoenix, we had two very different experiences in our actions in support of SkyChefs workers this week. Johnny’s team distributed the FDA report and Food Bill of Rights to CVS management, who refused to sign the letter to the CVS supply chain executive. The team leafleted outside until management said the police were on their way. On the other side of the spectrum, our team spoke to a supervisor who really listened to us when we shared the information about Sky Chefs with him. He agreed to send all our material up the management chain. Since he had agreed to share information with his higher-ups, we didn’t leaflet, and at first our team was disappointed that we didn’t encounter the same excitement other teams had. But when we talked about the action in the car afterwards, we remembered that we had accomplished our goal to bring the truth to higher levels of the company. So both Johnny’s team and our team were successful, just in different ways!”
– Jibran, Summer Organizer, Phoenix
New Orleans was also rocking and rolling, thanks to the hard work of Summer Organizers Charles, Zachary and Michael and their volunteers!