News Archives

Fair Food Takes Root: January 2012 – October 2012

Open letter to Chipotle reaches 75 signatures, including 30 small farmers and dozens of new food movement leaders!

Open letter to Chipotle CEO: CIW’s Fair Food Program “a golden opportunity to… address historic inconsistency in your approach to social accountability.” Two days ago, we brought you the news that in the lead up to Chipotle’s “Cultivate” festival in Denver — and to the Campaign for Fair Food’s counter festival to protest Chipotle’s exclusion of farmworkers from its vision of a sustainable food system — an open letter is circulating among leaders of the country’s food justice movement that levels a devastating critique at the fast-food industry leader for its indefensible blind spot when it comes to human rights. […]

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“Publix doesn’t want us at the table… They want us under the table.”

200 join Florida clergy for march on Publix in Sarasota to protest banning of minister from store for support of CIW! With only a few days notice, religious leaders, farmworkers, and Fair Food activists from the Sarasota area organized an impressive, and inspiring, assembly and march on the Sarasota Publix store where just weeks before the Rev. Clay Thomas had been removed, and banned for a year, for his support of the Campaign for Fair Food. Rev. Thomas’ removal from the store had caused quite a stir in Sarasota, and the outpouring of support for him and for the cause […]

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Food movement leaders speak: Stop the Chipocrisy!

Open letter to Chipotle CEO: CIW’s Fair Food Program “a golden opportunity to… address historic inconsistency in your approach to social accountability.” In the lead up to Chipotle’s “Cultivate” festival in Denver — and to the Campaign for Fair Food’s counter festival to protest Chipotle’s exclusion of farmworkers from its vision of a sustainable food system — an open letter is circulating among leaders of the country’s food justice movement that levels a devastating critique at the self-styled “Food with Integrity” leader for its indefensible blind spot when it comes to human rights. Already, several key figures in the growing […]

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A Call to Action:

A Call to Action: Two dozen Sarasota area religious leaders, two former Sarasota mayors call for urgent community-wide assembly this Sunday at 3:30, march and delegation to Publix store where pastor banned for supporting CIW! “May Publix quickly turn from its current path and become a partner with us in ensuring human rights and a sustainable Florida tomato industry.” Ever since reporting two weeks ago on the removal (with police back-up, no less) and banning of the Rev. Clay Thomas from a Sarasota area Publix store — for the crime of ordering a sandwich while wearing a CIW t-shirt (“Minister […]

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CIW chosen as honoree of the 2012 Food Sovereignty Prize!

“… for creating one of the most powerful and inspiring worker-led movements that is transforming not only an industry but the consciousness of a nation…” In a truly wonderful bit of news that we are proud to be able to share today, the CIW has been recognized, along with three exceptional international agricultural worker organizations, as an honoree of the 2012 Food Sovereignty Award! Hosted by WhyHunger this year, the Food Sovereignty Award is the project of a wide collaboration of food movement leaders, including the National Family Farm Coalition, Grassroots International, Family Farm Defenders, and the Community Food Security […]

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Food With Integrity?

“There can be no legitimate definition of ‘integrity,’ sustainability or social responsibility when it comes to food without the participation of farmworkers and respect for our fundamental human rights.” Oscar Otzoy, CIW CIW, allies on the ground in Denver issue press release ahead of next week’s “Cultivate” festival in Chipotle’s hometown! Two weeks ago, Chipotle held its first “Cultivate” festival of the year in Chicago. Though the company did its best to construct what one reporter called “a utopian smorgasbord of gourmet food, local farmers, celebrity chefs and free music,” the Campaign for Fair Food was there like the proverbial […]

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150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation spurs reflections on Campaign for Fair Food…

“The CIW is making a difference, and can serve as a model for bringing together workers, corporations, and consumers to act for justice.” This past Saturday marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s preliminary proclamation putting the Confederate states on notice that he would order the emancipation of the slaves in any state that did not return to the Union by January 1, 1863. Also this past Saturday, two opinion writers reflected on that momentous anniversary to draw attention to “those who still live in bondage” today and to “one successful campaign to end forced labor (that) is right […]

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Brian McLaren: “The Scandal Of Publix and The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: A Christian Critique”

Brian McLaren: “The Scandal Of Publix and The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: A Christian Critique” Pastors prepare to break the bread with which fasters ended the Fast for Fair Food outside Publix headquarters in Lakeland, Florida, this past March “We’re people and we deserve more respect than what Publix has shown us thus far.” Earlier this month, the Rev. Clay Thomas, a Presbyterian minister and longtime ally of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, was removed from a Sarasota Publix store, threatened with arrest, and banned from returning to the store for one year — for the crime of ordering a […]

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Pigs and workers unite at Chipotle “Cultivate” Festival in Chicago…

Pigs and workers unite at Chipotle “Cultivate” Festival in Chicago… … call for “Food with Integrity” that includes respect for farmworkers, too! A funny thing happened at Chipotle’s “Cultivate” Festival in Chicago last weekend. Chipotle organized the event — “bringing together food, farmers, chefs, artisans, thought leaders, and musicians,” in the words of the Cultivate website — to celebrate the company’s vision of “Food with Integrity”. But that vision has always lacked one element essential to the food industry, one link in the supply chain without which there actually is no food, and that element is the farmworkers, the people […]

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“Publix maintains a hardness of heart that would do Pharaoh proud”…

Over 100 protesters marched from Publix to Chipotle in Naples, Florida, yesterday in a loud and colorful action that captured consumers’ growing frustration with those companies’ stubborn refusal to support the historic labor reforms taking shape today in Florida’s tomato fields through the CIW’s Fair Food Program. Campaign for Fair Food ramping up for new season with protests at Publix stores in Tennessee, Tallahassee, Gainesville, and Naples! As farmworkers filter back to Immokalee from the summer season up north, and students return to schools across the country with plans to accelerate their activism in support of the CIW’s Fair Food […]

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