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DONATE TODAY: Help fuel the Return to Human Rights Tour!

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$10,000 to traverse 2,000+ miles:  We need YOUR help to send CIW members on the upcoming human rights tour!

In just one month, we will be packing up the protest art, finalizing last-minute details, and loading luggage and precious supplies onto a bus parked in the evening light outside of the CIW’s community center in the small, dusty town of Immokalee, Florida.  That bus will carry CIW members and allies northward — and with them, the tour’s urgent demand for respect for human rights in the fields where Wendy’s tomatoes are picked — as they embark on a 2,000-mile trek through more than a dozen U.S. cities for the Campaign for Fair Food’s big Return to Human Rights Tour.

Over the next four weeks, we need to raise $10,000 to cover the cost of the bus that will take Immokalee’s farmworker leaders across the country toward a massive mobilization and parade for Fair Food through the streets of Columbus.  Now more than ever, as the country hurtles towards a future that grows more uncertain by the day, it is imperative that we come together to defend the basic human rights of farmworkers — and of all vulnerable people across the country — as the forces that would turn back the clock on progress gather on the horizon.  And we cannot do it alone.  We need your help to make the Return to Human Rights Tour happen.  

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So, please, donate if you can — for every $50 you give, that’s 10 more miles on the road! — and make sure to spread the word.  Here are some quick messages you can share with friends, family and followers:

$10,000 to traverse 2,000+ miles! Fuel @CIW’s 2017 Return to Human Rights Tour by funding the Immokalee bus! bit.ly/fund-r2hr

Help @CIW spread the @Wendys Boycott across the country on the Return to Human Rights Tour! DONATE NOW: bit.ly/fund-r2hr

Support @CIW farmworker members in carrying the message of #humanrights across the US! Donate to the tour today! bit.ly/fund-r2hr

And if you’re ready to join up with the tour bus for the Parade for Human Rights in Columbus, we have some great news:  Cities across the country are mobilizing to send their own caravans and buses to join the Immokalee crew!  

Here is the full list of caravans, as well as their points of contact, so you can reserve your spot.  Keep track of the latest news on caravans and buses over at the Wendy’s Boycott website!   

CARAVANS TO COLUMBUS, OH

DC BUS

Leaving from Washington, DC on March 24
Stopping in Philadelphia
Returning March 26 in the evening

Contact: Victoria Goncalves, victoria@sfalliance.org; Pamela Escalante Gonzalez, pamela@sfalliance.org

CLEVELAND BUS

Leaving from Cleveland on March 26
Returning March 26 in the evening
Contact: Erica at erica@irtfcleveland.org 

BOSTON AND PROVIDENCE BUS

Leaving from Boston on March 24
Stopping in Providence
Returning March 26 in the evening
Contact: Patricia Murphy, patriciam@sfalliance.org (Boston); Anna Hankins, anna@sfalliance.org (Boston); Brian Elizalde, brian@sfalliance.org (Providence)

MIDWEST BUS

Leaving from Ann Arbor on March 24
Returning March 26 in the evening
Contact: Kim Daley, kim@sfalliance.org; Anna Hansen, annah@sfalliance.org 

NASHVILLE BUS

Leaving from Nashville on March 24
Returning March 26 in the evening
Contact: Brenda Ayala, nashvillefairfood@gmail.com; Charlotte Pate, charlotte@sfalliance.org

NY AND NJ BUS

Leaving from NYC on March 24
Stopping in NJ
Returning March 26 in the evening
Contact: Yaissy Solis, yaissy@sfalliance.org

SARASOTA AND TAMPA BUS

Leaving from Sarasota on March 24
Stopping in Tampa

Returning March 26 in the evening
Contact: Alex Schelle, alexandra.schelle13@ncf.edu 

BURLINGTON CARAVAN

Leaving from Burlington on March 24
Returning March 26 in the evening
Contact: Sammie Tremblay, stremblay@mail.smcvt.edu 

Don’t see your city?  Reach out to Yaissy Solis from the Alliance for Fair Food (yaissy (at) allianceforfairfood.org) to start up your own caravan!

TOMORROW: Send a heartfelt Fair Food message to Wendy’s for Valentine’s Day!

ACTION ALERT: Melt that frosty heart!  Send Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor a special message on February 14th to let him know you will boycott Wendy’s until they join the Presidential Medal-winning Fair Food Program…Last week, the CIW released a must-see, 30-second spoof (above) of Wendy’s Super Bowl commercial to wide acclaim.  The CIW’s video — which has reached a whopping 17,000 views since the big game, and continues to climb — exposed a fundamental contradiction in Wendy’s new pitch: Even if the fast-food chain’s burger patties aren’t be frozen, it’s corporate heart most certainly is.  But if the history of the Campaign for Fair Food offers any insight […]

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Off Broadway… in Immokalee!

Popular education theater brings home message of courage, resilience in Immokalee…Each and every Wednesday — since the founding of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in the early 90’s through the intervening 25 years, without pause, to last night — farmworkers have gathered at the CIW center in Immokalee for the weekly community junta.  Across those countless meetings we have parsed the challenges of life in the fields, discussed the ebb and flow of U.S. and international politics, and reflected on the moments that have defined the last two decades of our history.  And to facilitate these community conversations, we have often turned to the medium of […]

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MUST-SEE Super Bowl Adbust: Farmworkers expertly take down Wendy’s $5 million “Cold as Ice” commercial!

Facebook, Twitter blow up with Fair Food version of Wendy’s big Super Bowl ad buy! $5 million for 30 seconds of Super Bowl airtime could fund more than 5 years of fairer wages and humane working conditions for workers picking Wendy’s tomatoes through the Fair Food Program… In the event that you were watching the Super Bowl yesterday, you may have caught Wendy’s 30 second ad that aired shortly before halftime.  The ad emphasized two aspects of Wendy’s concerted strategy to re-invent its public image: an emphasis on “quality” ingredients and a cheeky Twitter game.  In case you didn’t catch it the first time, […]

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A Tale of Two Roadside Farm Stands…

Or why Wendy’s is not like you.And why you should join us for the Return to Human Rights Tour this March 16-29!Join us, if you will, in a brief thought experiment: What would you do if you were in the market for some fresh tomatoes and you happened upon a roadside farm stand — an idyllic, pastoral produce stand, its shelves piled high with fruits and vegetables picked fresh in fields right next door — selling red, ripe tomatoes at a great price?You’d stop in a heartbeat, right?  Who doesn’t love farm fresh produce?But what if, while you’re standing at the cash […]

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ACTION: Call offices of Wendy’s CEO in support of national boyott!

TODAY: Call Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor to demand that Wendy’s respect farmworkers’ human rights!January has flown by, and the Return to Human Rights Tour, as well as the massive mobilization in Wendy’s hometown of Columbus (March 24-26), are swiftly drawing closer.  Between now and then, we need to keep building the powerful momentum of the national Wendy’s boycott — starting right now!Today, you can join the whole of Fair Food Nation for a national call-in day to the corporate headquarters of the last major fast food hold out!  Dial up Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor and remind him that you — and many tens of thousands more in the […]

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European governments take note of Fair Food Program’s power to resolve longstanding human rights conflicts…

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) publishes brief on Fair Food Program in quarterly magazine…In an effort to provide a forum for economic cooperation and reduce tensions during the height of the Cold War, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was formed in 1975 in Helsinki, Finland.  Since then, it has expanded to include 57 member states — including the US — from Europe, Central Asia, and North America.  Today the OSCE has grown to become “the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization” with a mandate that includes “issues such as arms control and the promotion of human rights, freedom of the […]

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Birth of an American Human Rights Movement?…

CIW members join 4.8 million women, men and children in marches across the country — and around the globe — in resounding support of human rights for all! As you have almost certainly heard, this past Saturday was an historic 24 hours, not only in hundreds of cities across the U.S., but on every single continent across the globe.  Millions of men, women and children poured into the streets of Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, London, Nairobi, New Delhi, Singapore and over 650 other cities to declare that people of the world would not allow the growing (and terribly misnamed) “populist” movement, rooted in fear and repression, […]

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month marked by sentencing in FFP forced labor prosecution…

In one of his last official acts in office, President Obama signed an eloquent statement on the scourge of slavery that has plagued this country, in one form or another, for centuries, declaring January “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.”  The statement began:BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATIONOur Nation wrestled with the issue of slavery in a way that nearly tore us apart — its fundamental notion in direct contradiction with our founding premise that we are all created equal. The courageous individuals who rejected such cruelty helped us overcome one of the most […]

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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 […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter…”

Today, women, men and children across the country’s 50 states are marching to celebrate the life, the promise, and the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As we begin this new year, it feels with each day that passes that we as a country are approaching a dangerous crossroads.  Down one road, a deeply uncertain future awaits us, a future in which longstanding norms and principles are lost, and rights and progress are threatened.  Nothing better captures that looming possibility than the astoundingly obtuse and shamefully crass disparagement of one of this country’s few true, living heroes, Congressman John Lewis, on the eve of the very […]

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ANALYSIS: Lofty goals… or empty promises?

First draft of new industry-led initiative charts uncertain course toward “responsible labor practices” in US produce sector…Brief: There’s nothing like the “power of the purchasing order” for turning standards on paper into reality on the ground when violations of a code of conduct occur, and there’s nothing resembling that sort of market consequence with real teeth — yet — built into the produce industry’s recently released “Ethical Charter.”  Genuine, informed worker participation and real enforcement mechanisms will be imperative going forward if this new initiative is to have any hope of success in bringing meaningful human rights protections to the US and Mexican […]

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UN expert: FFP “must be considered an international benchmark” in fight against modern-day slavery!

United Nations Human Trafficking expert lifts up CIW’s Fair Food Program following fact-finding tour of US anti-slavery efforts…Nothing like starting off the new year on a positive note!In her official End of Visit Statement issued late last month, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur in Trafficking in Persons, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, made special mention of the CIW’s Fair Food Program for its exemplary results in the prevention of modern-day slavery.  Here is an excerpt from her statement, issued through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:Washington DC, 19 December 2016 – I am grateful to the Government of the United States of America […]

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Faith leaders, communities across U.S. celebrate Human Rights Day 2016 by demanding Wendy’s respect human rights!

“This movement is growing, so I urge you to respect the fundamental human rights of farmworkers in your supply chain by bringing Wendy’s into the Fair Food Program!” Each year, on December 10th, countries and communities around the world come together to reflect on the state of human rights for the internationally-recognized Human Rights Day.  Here is this year’s statement from the United Nations itself, a rousing call to action befitting the tumultuous year of 2016: Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of […]

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ACTION ALERT: Post a video for “Wendy’s the Grinch” action TODAY!

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SAVE THE DATE! Return to Human Rights Tour announced for March 16 – 29, 2017…

Wendy’s Boycott to take national stage from March 16-29, 2017, with whirlwind tour across Midwest, Southeast…Pull out your calendars, Fair Food Nation, it’s time for Wendy’s — and the nation — to return to human rights!  Today, we are announcing the dates of the CIW’s big spring action, the annual event that has become the hallmark of the Campaign for Fair Food for nearly two decades, from the first Taco Bell Truth Tour in 2001 to next spring’s Return to Human Rights Tour.  From March 16th to 29th, 2017, CIW members and their allies will embark on the longest protest action in the last 10 years of the Campaign for Fair Food, joining […]

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