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BREAKING: CIW to join Abby Wambach, Glennon Doyle on national Together Live Tour!

NEXT WEEK:  CIW takes the Fair Food message on the road to eight major U.S. cities, launches Fair Food Sisters campaign… 

Back in early July, when New York Times bestselling author Glennon Doyle and U.S. Women’s Soccer superstar Abby Wambach came to visit the CIW in Immokalee, the beginnings of a powerful new partnership — and friendship — were forged.  Indeed, in the months since then, Abby and Glennon have brought their strategic insight, unshakeable determination, and hard-earned celebrity to the Fair Food movement and the fight to bring respect and dignity to the country’s fields.

Today, we are thrilled to announce the first of what will surely be many joint endeavors: the CIW’s own Lupe Gonzalo will be joining Glennon and Abby and a dozen other incredible women — including Olympic Medalists, authors, actors, and activists — for eight stops across the United States on the second annual Together Live Tour!

Here’s the scoop from the Together Live website:

Speakers take the stage at 2016’s inaugural Together Live Tour

Together Live is a national touring event — headlined by Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, Luvvie Ajayi, and emceed by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh — that will bring an array of thought leaders, local activists, artists, athletes, and celebrity guests to cities across the country this fall for a night of inspired talks, interviews, and interactive conversation.

During this three-hour experience, you will hear from badass earth-shakers, hilarious heroines, and authentic storytellers.  We will focus on finding purpose, overcoming fear, choosing love, and effectuating change. You will leave asking questions about your own path; where you came from, why you’re here and where you are going.

This community is a radical, vital act of love and transformation during an important time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for, and it’s time for us to come together. 

Together is inclusive and welcoming, selling tickets starting at $25. We hope you can join us.

All Together Now.

On the road with Glennon and Abby, Lupe will be launching the Fair Food Sisters Campaign, a brand-new community initiative designed to channel the inspiration and energy of the Together Live tour into the Campaign for Fair Food and Wendy’s Boycott.

Answering the call for solidarity from the CIW Women’s Group, the Fair Food Sister network will be composed of women’s rights advocates, including longtime CIW allies, new friends of Immokalee farmworkers looking to bring the movement to their communities, and members of national women’s rights organizations.  You can even check out the new splash page for the Campaign, hot off the presses, at www.fairfoodsisters.org.  Make sure to spread the word!

For now, check out the tour schedule to see if Together Live is hitting your city, and make sure to get your ticket before they sell out!

Stay tuned for updates from the Together Live tour stops over the next month, and for even more exciting news out of the Wendy’s Boycott in the weeks ahead… 

Forgotten farmworker towns receiving help following Irma thanks to CIW’s expanded relief efforts…

While much of the media coverage of Hurricane Irma’s fury has focused on Florida’s large coastal cities, Florida’s poorer, mostly agricultural, inland communities were among the hardest hit, and the slowest to recover, following last Sunday’s massive storm.  Last week we brought you news of Irma’s impact in Immokalee.  Today, we are happy to report that — thanks to the tremendous generosity of people across the state and across the country — we have been able to stabilize the Immokalee community’s immediate needs through a remarkable collaboration among the CIW and several other local and national organizations.  CIW members and volunteers worked […]

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DONATE: Hurricane Irma Relief Fund for Immokalee and Southwest Florida Farmworker Communities

Donate today to new local fund for relief and recovery efforts in Southwest Florida’s farmworker communities in the wake of Hurricane Irma…When Hurricane Irma ripped through Florida, farmworker families throughout the state moved into survival mode.  Those who could hurriedly packed suitcases with their most precious belongings and headed north, most with no particular destination, in search of a safe place out of the storm’s path.  Most, however, had no choice but to stay home, seeking the safest place to ride out the hurricane, be it their bathroom, a nearby church, or one of the many shelters opened by each Florida county.  Over one long night this […]

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Hurricane Irma downs trees, homes, and power lines in Immokalee, LaBelle, and surrounding farmworker communities, but spares lives and leaves spirits strong…

Massive hurricane shifts course after making landfall in SW Florida, heads straight for Immokalee and other farmworker communities in interior of state…The most powerful hurricane in the history of the Atlantic made its way onto the mainland of Florida this past Sunday afternoon and evening, with winds up to 130 mph and soaking, pounding rains.  Though Hurricane Irma had been downgraded to a Category 2 storm by the time it reached Immokalee, the already impoverished farmworker community — and several others north of Immokalee, including Florida’s citrus capital, LaBelle — saw some of the worst of the storm, as the […]

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Breaking news from the WSR front: Students’ anti-sweatshop campaign victory ensures real human rights protections for apparel factory workers!

USAS activists at Georgetown U. and other campuses compel Nike to sign contract opening factories to independent watchdog;Georgetown President DeGioia: Agreement with Nike “represents… important new framework for collaboration to protect workers’ rights around the world”;Landmark victory provides Worker Rights Consortium access to factories supplying Nike to ensure compliance with GU’s binding code of conduct, marks another great step forward for Worker-driven Social Responsibility in ongoing battle to replace failed corporate-led model…Here are the details of this breaking news out of Georgetown University, straight from the pages of The Hoya, GU’s student newspaper:AUGUST 30, 2017BY IAN SCOVILLEHOYA STAFF WRITERUniversity, Nike Reach Agreement Ensuring Factory AccessJEANINE […]

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Dean of Pardee RAND Graduate School, Susan Marquis: “The Fair Food Program is distinctly effective at bringing about fundamental change”…

 Marquis: “After extensively researching the Fair Food Program I’ve concluded it is uniquely comprehensive and, therefore, distinctly effective at bringing about fundamental change.”Hot on the heels of a remarkable new article published in the Sept/Oct issue of the Harvard Business Review (which cited the Fair Food Program as one of “the most important social impact success stories of the past century”) comes a new article this week from the Dean of Pardee RAND Graduate School, Susan Marquis, calling the FFP “uniquely comprehensive, and therefore, distinctly effective at bringing about fundamental change.”The article, entitled “Campaign for Fair Food makes a real difference,” was […]

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Harvard Business Review counts Fair Food Program among “most important social-impact success stories of the past century” in new article on “Audacious Philanthropy”…

HBR: “We studied 15 social movements that defied the odds and achieved life-changing results to uncover lessons for today’s ambitious donors.”In a remarkable article on strategic philanthropy in its Sept./Oct. 2017 issue, the Harvard Business Review identified the CIW’s Fair Food Program as one “of the most important social-impact stories of the past century” and a prime example of the kind of successful social change that is possible with the support of what they term “Audacious Philanthropy,” an approach to philanthropy that demands “disruptive, catalytic, systemic change.”  The article — which places the Fair Food Program in the company of 14 other extraordinary […]

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The arc of the moral universe isn’t supposed to bend like this…

Two presidents, two responses to acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists…It is worth remembering this: … when considering this: This is not who we are.  We are the nation of Frederick Douglass and the abolitionist movement; of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the movement for women’s suffrage; of over 1 million men and women who gave their lives in the fight against fascism and genocide in World War II; of James Baldwin, Dr. King, and Fannie Lou Hamer, Adam Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner of the civil rights movement.  That is the nation we are and will remain long after we have […]

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Wendy’s Boycott heats up as 120+ farmworkers, allies take to the streets in Orlando for a spirited summer protest!

CIW’s Cruz Salucio:  Wendy’s “cannot run away from farmworkers’ human rights…”This past Sunday, even the sweltering, 100-degree heat of a late summer day in Orlando could not suppress the contagious energy of over 120 protesters who packed the sidewalk outside a Wendy’s restaurant for a festive afternoon picket.  Seventy farmworkers and their families, many just starting to return to Immokalee after a summer season up north, rolled up in a nine-car caravan from Immokalee to the highly-trafficked Wendy’s to find a massive coalition of local organizations supporting the Wendy’s Boycott locally, including members of the Youth and Young Adult (YAYA) Network of the National Farmworker Ministry, the […]

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“Make us hungry for justice!”

150 Farmworkers and people of faith gather in Naples to celebrate the breaking of a month-long rolling fast by Florida faith leaders, follow service with action at nearby Wendy’s…This past Sunday — nearly twenty years after the late Bishop John Nevins of the Diocese of Venice administered the host to six farmworkers from the CIW as they broke their historic month-long fast in an unforgettable service in Naples — 150 farmworkers and people of faith from around Southwest Florida gathered to break a thirty-day rolling fast undertaken by nearly 40 Florida religious leaders throughout the month of July.  The Interfaith […]

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CIW speaks at OSCE conference in Moscow on stopping human trafficking…

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) holds first-ever international conference on public private partnerships fighting human trafficking in collaboration with Russian Federation, identifies Worker-driven Social Responsibility as promising new prevention method in fight against human trafficking…Last September, CIW representatives were asked to speak on the Fair Food Program and the CIW’s anti-slavery efforts at the OSCE’s Conference on Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation in Supply Chains in Berlin.  The conference was described as a “high-level event… part of the OSCE’s ongoing effort to raise awareness about the problem of labour exploitation in supply chains and to advocate for increased actions at the […]

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U.S. soccer legend Abby Wambach, NY Times best-selling author & activist Glennon Doyle Melton, visit Immokalee to talk Fair Food Program, ending violence against women!

Glennon Doyle Melton: “We will only buy food for our family from companies who respect the humanity of ALL families. This is one way to love our neighbors…”Yesterday, as millions of American families flooded beaches and parks across the nation in celebration of the birth of our country, two particularly well-known Americans chose to spend the 4th of July in Immokalee, immersing themselves in the history of what a Washington Post op/ed called “one of the great human rights success stories of our day,” the Fair Food Program.  Abby Wambach, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and […]

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“The Nation We Build Together”: Smithsonian enshrines CIW’s Lady Liberty on permanent display in new exhibit at American History Museum in Washington, DC!

Secretary of the Smithsonian, Dr. David Skorton: “These national treasures inspire, challenge, and celebrate our national history”…Unity Square Project Director, Megan Smith: New exhibit designed to inspire future leaders by highlighting stories of those “who have participated in our democracy and changed America and even changed the world.”It was a remarkable day, even measured against the standard of the CIW’s often dizzying history.On Wednesday, June 28th, far from the dusty streets where Immokalee’s farmworkers launched their struggle for fundamental human rights nearly 25 years ago, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., placed the CIW’s Lady Liberty statue — all twelve feet of […]

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A chilling reminder of farm labor conditions in Mexico: 80 farmworkers go missing after reporting labor abuses in the state of Chihuahua…

Meanwhile, at last month’s annual meeting, Wendy’s execs tell shareholders concerned about labor rights abuses that the company is “perfectly happy with the quality and taste of the tomatoes [we are sourcing] from Mexico.”And OSU administrators reward their corporate neighbor’s callous indifference…Late last month, news broke of the disappearance of 80 indigenous Mexican farmworkers who vanished from a farm near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, after they reported illegal wage deductions for food and housing that cut in half their already desperately low wages.  When the authorities arrived to the farm to investigate the complaint, all 80 workers had disappeared, along with the unidentified recruiter who […]

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CNN on Fair Food Program: “How America’s ‘ground-zero’ for modern slavery was cleaned up by workers’ group…”

Alejandrina Carrera, worker on FFP farm: “You’re not going to be harassed, you’re not going to be insulted, you’re not going to be forced to work. There’s more respect now.”In an exceptional video series, CNN Freedom Project lifts up FFP as “most comprehensive social responsibility program in U.S. agriculture”…This week, the award-winning team at the CNN Freedom Project — a new series designed to “amplify the voices of the victims of modern-day slavery, highlight success stories and help unravel the tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life” — turned its spotlight on the CIW and the Fair Food Program, and the result is nothing short […]

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