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Kerry Kennedy protests outside Wendy's meeting in Manhattan to help tomato pickers

Kerry Kennedy joined farmworkers and activists Thursday protesting outside a Wendy's shareholder meeting in Manhattan to press the Ohio-base company to sign an agreement safeguarding working conditions for Florida tomato pickers.

Other fast-food chains, including McDonald's, Burger King and Taco Bell, have signed the pact with the Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who also were joined at the protest by advocates from the group New York City Fair Food and officials from Amnesty International USA.

Kennedy, who lives in Bedford, heads the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, named for her late father, the former U.S. attorney general and U.S. senator from New York who was assassinated in 1968 while running for president.

Thursday, she led the crowd outside the stockholders' meeting at the Sofitel Hotel in midtown in a chant of: "What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!"

The 53-year-old mother of three daughters is the ex-wife of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Two protesters went into hotel and attended the meeting as qualified shareholders, Wendy's spokesman Bob Bertini said, adding that the company had no comment on the demonstration.

With The Associated Press

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