Join us this Saturday to Tell Celebrity Chef Paula Deen to Drop Smithfield!

Food Network Chef Paula Deen is coming to Charlotte this Saturday. Join Smithfield workers, along with their families and supporters as we rally to tell her it's time to end her partnership with Smithfield Foods!

Justice at Smithfield Rally
Saturday, June 30th 2007
2:30 p.m.
Mart Inn and Suites
3000 E. Independence Blvd (See Map)
Charlotte, NC

Join us at 2:30 p.m., and we will march together to Ovens Auditorium to rally and leaflet for Justice at Smithfield. If you have a Justice at Smithfield T-Shirt, be sure to wear it! We will be joined by a giant pig puppet, representing Smithfield’s Tar Heel plant, and Smithfield workers will read a letter from the nation's only African American Presidential Commission Master Chef asking Deen to end her Smithfield endorsement.

Download an event flyer.

Paula Deen has recently signed a contract with Smithfield Foods to promote their products—but we fear she is unaware of the conditions in which these products are produced.

The 5,500 Smithfield Packing workers in Tar Heel, NC are enduring unbearable working conditions. Workers suffer crippling injuries due to excessive line speeds and inadequate training. A recent report reveals that injury rates at Smithfield Packing have skyrocketed 200% in the last three years. Various legal rulings have found that the company has assaulted, harassed, threatened and used racial epithets against workers.

For more information on the abuses at Smithfield’s Tar Heel plant, and the company’s sponsorship of Paula Deen, please visit

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