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Wendy’s Boycott goes viral! Change.org petition at 42,000 and growing by the minute…

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CALL TO ACTION:  Take the Wendy’s Boycott petition to the next level on social media…

Just two short weeks ago, Change.org launched a Wendy’s boycott petition, providing a fresh opportunity for Wendy’s to see just how badly it’s polling with consumers over its unconscionable decision to turn its back on farmworkers’ rights.  And if the 42,000+ new consumers that have joined the Wendy’s boycott across the country in just two weeks are any measure, Wendy’s is sinking fast!

In the weeks ahead, Wendy’s will be watching as these petition numbers continue to rise, feeling the heat as more and more consumers sign up to boycott the hamburger giant.  We need to make sure Wendy’s leadership gets the message loud and clear:  The boycott will only continue to swell, the longer they wait to come to the table with farmworkers.

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Today, and the rest of the week, we need each and every member of the Fair Food Nation to take the Change.org petition to the next level by sharing it on social media!

Head over to the petition page itself for even more ways to get the petition out into the world!  And stay tuned for even more big news on the Wendy’s boycott front in the days ahead… 

Summer campers join Wendy’s Boycott, gather 100+ signatures to send to fast food hold-out!

Camp Kinderland — “Summer camp with a conscience”! — takes on Wendy’s with letter, petition to CEO Todd Penegor…Yesterday afternoon, we were surprised and thrilled to open a very special note at the CIW Community Center here in Immokalee.  The letter inside began thusly:We are writing from Camp Kinderland, a children’s camp in Massachusetts.  Each year, our children participate in a Peace Olympics, in which they learn about the issues of social justice in the United States and around the world.  This year, our theme was “My country is the Earth and I am a citizen of the world.”  One of our topics […]

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Strategize, organize… TAKE ACTION! Wendy’s Boycott Summit to set the stage for a huge 2016-17 season ahead…

Fair Food Nation in full-swing as preparations for September’s exciting Wendy’s Boycott Summit ramp up…After a summer marked by a steady drumbeat of high level endorsements, momentum in the Wendy’s Boycott is growing, and the Fair Food Nation is stirring into action!  Hot on the heels of the launch of Change.org’s Wendy’s Boycott Petition earlier this week, next month’s Wendy’s Boycott Summit is rapidly approaching.The participant list is growing daily, with representatives from every corner of the social justice world on the roster:  Faith leaders from nearly a dozen denominations and faith traditions, students and young people from universities and colleges from coast to coast, worker leaders transforming low-wage industries across the country, union […]

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BREAKING ACTION: Change.org launches Wendy’s Boycott petition!

“Today, we need you to tell Wendy’s that if they want your business, they must join the Fair Food Program…”Today, Change.org — one of the giants of online social justice with over 100 million petition starters and supporters in more than 196 countries — has turned its formidable spotlight on Wendy’s!Nearly six months since the launch of the Wendy’s Boycott in March of 2016, the hamburger giant remains deaf to the calls of countless consumers who have protested at Wendy’s stores across the country, marched en masse to the corporation’s very doorstep, phoned and emailed Wendy’s executives, and, of course, pledged to boycott Wendy’s until the fast-food holdout joins the Fair […]

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National religious leader, Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, slams major Wendy’s ad in New York Times…

Wendy’s ad “deeply troubling, as it highlights a meticulous process for developing a new product in which the human beings who actually pick and serve the product are a mere garnish…”Over the weekend, visitors to the New York Times website were greeted with a sleek, high-value Wendy’s advertisement in the form of a “paid post,” an extended format report on the development of a new blackberry salad that blurred the lines between reporting and marketing.  While less informed readers might have fallen for Wendy’s glossy tale of concern for how its blackberries are treated, for the countless consumers boycotting Wendy’s precisely because of […]

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“Dear Wendy’s: I’m Boycotting You, but I’m Not the One You Should Be Worried About…”

Wendy’s gets stern talking to from online news hub Talk Poverty…Just this morning, Wendy’s got an earful on the Talk Poverty blog, a hub for news and data on the fight to end poverty and promote a just society run by the Center for American Progress.  And the hamburger giant wasn’t called out by just anyone.  Reporter Greg Kaufmann, formerly of The Nation, has been following the fight for Fair Food for many years now, watching the Campaign for Fair Food win victory after victory, all the while watching the Florida agricultural industry transform into the “best working environment in American agriculture,” as described […]

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National Farm Worker Ministry endorses Wendy’s Boycott!

“Our board unanimously endorsed this boycott as a means of using their economic power to support the farm workers who are struggling for justice…”Late last week, the National Farm Worker Ministry — a 45-year-old cornerstone of the religious labor movement in support of dignity and justice for farmworkers — endorsed the Wendy’s Boycott!  Building on nearly 20 years of work in alliance with the Fair Food Movement, the NFWM announced its support for the boycott this past Friday:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENational Farm Worker Ministry Boycotts Wendy’s27 July 2016, Raleigh, NC:  The National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM) endorsed the Wendy’s Boycott of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). […]

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CIW Education team wraps up second summer of Fair Food Program education beyond Florida…

Nearly 1,000 tomato harvesters trained as frontline monitors of their own rights under the Fair Food Program in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey… Following June’s worker-to-worker education trip to Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, the CIW education team continued its trek north and wrapped up 2016’s northern education season this month with a tour of tomato farms in Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, where they trained hundreds of new workers on their rights under the Fair Food Code of Conduct.Consolidating the expansion of the Program’s human rights protections into northern states — a process that began one year ago — is no small feat.  In the […]

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Part Two: What is a corporation to do if it is looking to partner with a real social responsibility program?

We concluded the first installment of this two-part series, entitled “The Enforcement Imperative at the Heart of Worker-driven Social Responsibility,” with this summary:To be effective, any social accountability program must employ: 1) worker education about their rights and remedies, 2) a confidential, timely, retaliation-free complaint resolution mechanism, and 3) regular and thorough audits.  And all of those mechanisms must be backed by the “power of the purchasing order.” If any of those is missing, real change will not happen.In other words, if someone is trying to sell you a car without an engine, a drive shaft, and four wheels, it’s not a […]

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The enforcement imperative at the heart of Worker-driven Social Responsibility…

Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) — the emerging paradigm for the protection of fundamental human rights in corporate supply chains born of the uniquely successful experience of the Fair Food Program — is founded on two distinct and equally important philosophical pillars: worker participation and an intense focus on enforcement.  The former gives WSR its name and its ability to identify and uncover the abuses most urgently felt by workers themselves.  The latter gives WSR its unrivaled power to eliminate those abuses.This is the first in a two-part series about the lesser-known of those two pillars, the enforcement focus — indeed mandate — of […]

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ANNOUNCED: Wendy’s Boycott Summit, Sept. 22-25 in Immokalee!

Immokalee to host summit with allies across Fair Food network.  Join us!Save the date: This September 22 – 25, the Alliance for Fair Food, in conjunction with the CIW, is hosting a Wendy’s Boycott Summit here in Immokalee, at the very heart of the Fair Food Nation.  And you are invited!The year ahead in the Campaign for Fair Food will be a pivotal one: For only the second time in the campaign’s 15-year history, farmworkers have called for a national boycott of one of the multi-billion dollar corporations that is refusing to join the Fair Food Program.  The boycott was necessitated by Wendy’s unconscionable decision […]

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EEOC singles out Fair Food Program as “radically different accountability mechanism” in landmark report on harassment in the workplace!

EEOC Select Task Force releases high-level report, recommendations draw heavily on example of enforcement-driven FFP model with focus on education, protected complaint system, and corrective action…Once again, a government body has studied the Fair Food Program model in an effort to address an ongoing human rights crisis.  And once again, the Fair Food Program is singled out as uniquely effective at not just remedying, but preventing longstanding human rights abuses.In 2014, the Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights hailed the Fair Food Program as “a ground-breaking accountability arrangement,” after members of the Working Group visited Immokalee in the course […]

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Nearly 10,000 petition signatures supporting boycott delivered to Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor by UU General Assembly!

Unitarian Universalists from across the country hold lively picket, deliver boycott petition at Wendy’s Headquarters…From the very first day of the national Wendy’s Boycott back in March, the Unitarian Universalist community has been on the front lines of the growing fight for farm labor justice in the fast-food giant’s supply chain, launching an online petition to gather support for the boycott and joining farmworkers for actions across the country.  And just a few short weeks ago, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee officially endorsed the boycott, representing hundreds of thousands of UU members nationwide.And all that was just the tip of the iceberg.  Last week, […]

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CIW honored with prestigious 2016 James Beard Leadership Award!

James Beard Foundation recognizes CIW co-founders Greg Asbed, Lucas Benitez, “For their innovative work in forging a new human rights model in the food industry supply chain…”Last week, the James Beard Foundation announced that it is recognizing CIW co-founders Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez with its 2016 James Beard Annual Leadership Award!  Each year, the Foundation, which resides at the cross section of the country’s culinary and food justice communities, “Celebrates visionaries responsible for creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world.”  This year, the Foundation chose six food movement leaders to receive the award.  Joining the CIW representatives in […]

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BREAKING: Hundreds of thousands of Unitarians worldwide endorse the Wendy’s Boycott!

“It is an honor to accompany such a creative and resilient movement whose influence is global and soulful…”This just in:  The Unitarian Universalist Association — representing several hundreds of thousands of Unitarians across the globe — has endorsed the Wendy’s boycott!  With yesterday’s formal announcement, the UUA becomes the third major religious body to endorse the boycott in the last month alone, following the Presbyterian Church USA and the United Church of Christ.  The UUA was also joined by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, a grassroots human rights organization originally founded to combat Nazi persecution, in its endorsement.  Here is an excerpt from the announcement:The […]

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BREAKING: United Church of Christ, representing one million followers, endorses Wendy’s boycott!

“Wendy’s has turned its back on successful efforts in Florida to protect workers’ basic human rights and has moved its supply chain to Mexico where human rights abuses are rampant…”Joining the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as well as T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, the United Church of Christ has, once again, taken a stand alongside farmworkers and formally endorsed the Wendy’s boycott.  In a sweeping resolution, the UCC, which represents over 1 million worshippers in the United States, affirmed the just cause of farmworkers fighting for dignity in the fields, and condemned Wendy’s for its stubborn refusal to support those efforts.In announcing the […]

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