Check out the route! 2017 Return to Human Rights Tour only two months away…



2,000-mile route of major spring action charts path from Immokalee through the heart of Wendy’s territory in the midwest… 

It’s official!  The countdown from eight weeks until the Return to Human Rights Tour has begun.  As we announced back in December, CIW members and their allies will embark on the longest protest action in a decade, from March 16th to 29th, joining forces with thousands of consumers in mobilizing for the national Wendy’s Boycott.  With fresh ánimo in a new year, CIW will join allies in visiting longstanding Fair Food hubs — including Wendy’s own hometown, Columbus, Ohio — and in bringing the Wendy’s Boycott to corners of the country where no CIW tour has gone before.


Today, we bring you the finalized route of the the 14-day trek, so pull out your calendars!

Thursday, March 16Gainesville, FL

Friday, March 17Atlanta, GA

Saturday, March 18Nashville, TN

Sunday, March 19St. Louis, MO

Monday, March 20Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday, March 21Madison, WI

Wednesday, March 22Chicago, IL

Thursday, March 23Louisville, KY

Friday, March 24Columbus, OH

Saturday, March 25Columbus, OH

Sunday, March 26 – Columbus, OH (Major action in Columbus… stay tuned!)

Monday, March 27Chapel Hill, NC

Tuesday, March 28Charleston, SC

Wednesday, March 29Tampa, FL

The Return to Human Rights Tour will sound the call for Wendy’s to join the CIW’s award-winning Fair Food Program, but it won’t stop there.  The Tour is also envisioned as part of a broader call for a nationwide mobilization to protect the fundamental human rights of all vulnerable people in today’s increasingly uncertain and daunting national climate.  

Between strategizing with other immigrant, labor, and social justice organizations, and visiting sobering landmarks in today’s political reality — including Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, where nine parishioners were murdered in the name of white supremacy — CIW members will spend the Return to Human Rights Tour strengthening relationships, reflecting on the challenges ahead, and taking action to further the national struggle to preserve our hard-earned human rights.  

Hundreds upon hundreds of Fair Food supporters joining the Workers' Voice Tour in a march through Columbus Ohio

Hundreds upon hundreds of Fair Food supporters joining the Workers’ Voice Tour in a march through Columbus Ohio

We hope you will join us where you can along the tour!  If you have questions or want to know how you can plug into the national tour in March, write us at organize (at)!

And, if you just can’t wait for the Return to Human Rights Tour to fight for Fair Food — make sure to join the #FairFoodNation in taking action for Valentine’s Day by sending a Valentine to Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor… check out the details over at the Alliance for Fair Food website!


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