Central Labor Council of Nashville, TN, endorses Wendy’s Boycott! Also, a must-see video from Charlottesville…

A note for Wendy’s from a participant at last month’s breaking of the Florida faith leaders’ fast in support of the Wendy’s Boycott in Naples.

Labor leaders join their voices to student, faith, and community support for growing boycott;

Must-see video: A remarkable documentary short from the events in Charlottesville casts a stark light on a disturbing reality some seem intent to obscure…

The Fair Food Nation received some very heartening news earlier this month when the AFL-CIO Central Labor Council of Nashville, Tennessee, voted to endorse the Wendy’s Boycott until Wendy’s joins the Fair Food Program!  

Resolutions like this one were a key plank in the broad base of support that carried the seminal Taco Bell Boycott to victory back in the early days of the Campaign for Fair Food.  From the American Postal Workers Union to the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and South Florida Jobs with Justice, organized labor support for the Taco Bell Boycott —  which paved the way for the pioneering Fair Food Program and a powerful new paradigm for protecting workers’ fundamental human rights in corporate supply chains across the globe — was broad and deep.  As the Wendy’s Boycott continues to gain momentum and deepen its roots, endorsements like that of the Central Labor Council of Nashville will be critical to growing its power in communities across the country.  We thank the CLC of Nashville for its support and look forward to fighting together for labor justice in the months and years to come!

Thomas Jefferson: “An informed citizenry is the bulwark of democracy”…

While there appears to be an effort underway to blur the country’s lens on the tragic and deeply troubling events in Charlottesville this past Friday and Saturday, a new, 20-minute documentary — released yesterday by HBO and shot by a production crew from Vice TV that somehow managed to embed itself with the white supremacists and neo-Nazis before, during, and after the events of both days — simply must be seen by anyone who hopes to be an informed citizen in these extraordinary times.  The crew’s unflinching report wipes away the clouds of words obscuring our view and bares the appalling truth for anyone who cares to see, to see. 

This disturbing video provides both behind the scenes footage and interviews with some of the leaders of the far-right, racist forces that terrorized that historic town for two days, allowing the white supremacists to define themselves, and their intentions, in their own words.  Please find 20 minutes today to watch the video.  While it is truly painful to watch, it is far too important to ignore. 


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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María José Fletcher, longtime CIW partner in fight against human trafficking and gender-based violence, recognized by U2’s Bono and the ONE Campaign!

María José Fletcher, a human rights attorney and co-founder of Miami-based VIDA Legal Assistance — a longtime CIW partner dedicated to helping survivors of violence, with a particular focus on immigrants and women — was shocked to learn this past June that she had been selected for recognition by U2’s lead singer Bono and his ONE Campaign.  In speaking to the Miami Herald in a recent article about her recognition, María José was typically self-effacing:“Seeing my face among all these other amazing women, who are my role models, I was very humbled,” Fletcher told the Miami Herald. “I didn’t feel that I should have been there. I […]

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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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Faith leaders reflect on the meaning of fasting for farmworker justice…

Author and pastor Brian McLaren: “My fast is a small act. But it strengthens my resolve to keep working and speaking out every day for the just, generous, and joyful world God desires for all of us – including my neighbors who are working hard in the fields even now. I hope you’ll join me.”Just last weekend, dozens of faith leaders across Florida ended their monthlong rolling fast for farmworker justice.  In addition to the beautiful sermons shared at last Sunday’s closing service — and the spirited Wendy’s picket that followed the service — faith leaders composed powerful reflections on their […]

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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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NEW VIDEO: CNN posts bonus video on CIW’s Modern-day Slavery Museum…

Just last month, the CNN Freedom Project — an award-winning, cutting edge investigative team of journalists who produce remarkable stories on modern-day slavery worldwide, run by CNN International — published three excellent videos on the CIW.  The first was a powerful report on the Fair Food Program and its deep, daily impact on workers’ lives, with a particular focus on its record of ending violence against women in the fields; the second, an essay on the Campaign for Fair Food and the Wendy’s Boycott; and the third, a video on the CIW’s award-winning Anti-Slavery Program.  Then, just over a week ago, the CNN team released a fourth excellent short film […]

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Extra, extra! Student/Farmworker Alliance Encuentro gathering in Immokalee set for September 7-10…

This fall, scores of students, youth to descend on Immokalee for weekend of strategy in Wendy’s Boycott!For more than a decade, the Student/Farmworker Alliance, a nationwide network of hundreds of students and youth, has harnessed the action and energy of young people to provide unwavering dedication to farmworkers’ basic human rights.  And yet, it seems that when it comes to the Wendy’s Boycott, young people are just getting started.  With plans already underway to ramp up the Boot the Braids Campaign on campuses across the country, this fall promises to build on the powerful momentum generated this past spring.There is no moment that more perfectly captures that […]

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REPORT: Faith leaders’ rolling Florida fast hits halfway mark, Interfaith Worker Justice takes Wendy’s Boycott to the streets in Chicago!

30 Faith leaders for 30 days: Rolling fast to demand farm labor justice from Wendy’s!Interfaith Worker Justice to Wendy’s CEO:  “Wendy’s actions unequivocally fail the basic moral code that demands every single one of us work tirelessly for justice for all people on this Earth – and that unquestioningly prioritizes human life over corporate profits.  Communities of faith, workers, and consumers across the country will not allow such actions to go unanswered…”Today, over 30 faith leaders and clergy across the state of Florida – the state with the most Wendy’s restaurants in the country – are crossing the halfway mark of this month’s […]

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Wake Forest Law Review: “Preventing Forced Labor in Corporate Supply Chains: The Fair Food Program and Worker-driven Social Responsibility”

Newly published article provides most comprehensive analysis to date of CIW’s award-winning Fair Food Program and the Worker-driven Social Responsibility paradigm…When the Wake Forest Law Review decided earlier this year to dedicate an entire issue to the problem of human trafficking, they solicited an article from the CIW on the Fair Food Program and its unique success in preventing forced labor in agriculture.  That article, entitled “Preventing Forced Labor in Corporate Supply Chains: The Fair Food Program and Worker-driven Social Responsibility,” was published this month.  As soon as it was, it became the most thorough analysis to date of the FFP’s history, […]

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The Worker-driven Social Responsibility model hits new milestone, continues its expansion in world of business and human rights!

Workers Rights Consortium reports groundbreaking Bangladesh Accord extended to 2021; renewal “product of the recognition, by all of the parties, of the Accord’s effectiveness,” confirmation of power of WSR approach…Meanwhile: Migrant Justice receives the National Education Association’s prestigious Cesar Chavez Civil and Human Rights Award; pressure increases on Ben & Jerry’s to finalize agreement to implement WSR-based Milk with Dignity Program in ice cream icon’s dairy supply chain.As the Fair Food Program consolidates the unprecedented human rights gains secured for tens of thousands of farmworkers on participating farms in Florida and up the East Coast — and plots a course for continued expansion into […]

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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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PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Fair Food Program education travels to Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina!

Today, we bring you a first-hand glimpse into an essential element of the Fair Food Program:  The on-the-clock, on-the-farm, worker-to-worker education sessions, conducted by CIW members with thousands of farmworkers each season.  This summer, and for the third year running, the CIW’s Fair Food Program education team is spending the month of June following the tomato harvest beyond the borders of Florida into Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.Drawing on decades of collective experience with the unique health and safety hazards, hard labor, and often harsh power dynamics involved in agricultural work, the farmworker education team brings an unparalleled level of expertise and authority […]

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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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