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The birth of Worker-driven Social Responsibility: January – December 2016

“Plant righteousness for yourselves, harvest the fruits of goodness.” (10:12)…

“Tomato Rabbi” Rachel Kahn-Troster of T’ruah pens a powerful Chanukah reflection on the Fair Food Program… Writing on the first night of Chanukah, Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster (Director of Programs of the CIW’s long-time ally T’ruah: Rabbinic Call for Human Rights) took to the pages of the Interfaith Worker Justice website to draw a poignant parallel between the radical transformation of farm labor conditions under the Fair Food Program and the story of Chanukah, calling both exemplars of “strategic resistance and a belief in the strength of fundamental values.”Her reflection, spurred by a recent visit to a worker-to-worker education session on a Fair Food Program […]

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VIDEO: Wendy’s slammed with dozens of “Boycott the Fast Food Grinch” videos for the holidays!

“You’re a scoundrel, #FastFoodGrinch…”Earlier this month, the Student/Farmworker Alliance network put out a special call to action in the Wendy’s Boycott asking students and young people to send in videos declaring Wendy’s the official Fast Food Grinch of 2016!  Of course, the Fair Food Nation took up the holiday challenge, with scores of videos pouring in from Idaho and Wisconsin to New York and Florida — even from Guatemala! — affirming their commitment to boycott Wendy’s until the Fast Food Grinch grows a full-sized heart and joins farmworkers at the table.  We were absolutely blown away by the remarkable creativity and talent reflected […]

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PHOTO ALBUM: As tomato season ramps up, community organizing in Immokalee in full swing!

Holiday parade, 13th Anniversary of Radio Conciencia light up Immokalee…Today, we bring you an update from the very heart of the CIW’s work: building consciousness, commitment, and animo in the Florida farmworker community.As the Wendy’s Boycott heats up across the country in advance of next year’s Return to Human Rights Tour, and the Fair Food Program enters its sixth season ensuring farmworkers’ fundamental human rights in fields across the state, here in Immokalee — the epicenter of the Fair Food movement — the community organizing that launched it all is hitting its midseason stride!  From our weekly membership meetings, women’s group and Central Committee gatherings, to […]

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This Giving Tuesday, give the gift of human rights — become a Fair Food Sustainer!

“The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has proven that when you get up every day to fight for what is right, when you don’t give up even when all the odds are against you, when you don’t compromise on basic principles of fairness, and when you build a strong grassroots movement, economic justice will prevail over greed, and the least fortunate can successfully stand up to the powerful.” — U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, 2008Click here to learn how you can become a Fair Food Sustainer today.In the fall of 2008, Sen. Bernie Sanders visited Immokalee on a fact-finding tour.  He came to investigate the human rights crisis in […]

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PHOTO REPORT: Mississippians bring the Wendy’s Boycott to the Deep South!

Food justice, farmworker rights, and Wendy’s Boycott make waves in the Magnolia State!After nearly two decades, and thousands upon thousands of protests from Maine to California, there are very few corners of this great land of ours that the Campaign for Fair Food has yet to reach.   But today, we are pleased to bring you news of a new milestone in the Fair Food movement —  a photo report from the campaign’s first-ever splash in Jackson, Mississippi!Last week, a delegation from Immokalee traveled to Jackson to take part in the Mississippi Food Summit and Agricultural Revival, hosted by the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network.The Summit featured the voices […]

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National religious leaders visit CIW, fields, learn first-hand about the Fair Food Program!

Leaders of Presbyterian Church (USA), T’ruah bear witness to transformative changes underway in FL agricultural industry thanks to the Fair Food movement, commit to spread Wendy’s Boycott nationally…Over the past six weeks, we’ve brought you reports from the Fair Food odyssey that was the Behind the Braids Tour, documenting the multiple voyages of crews of farmworkers and allies from Immokalee as they carried the call for farm labor justice to diverse corners of this country – from the great cities of Chicago, Atlanta and New York, to the small rural towns of Appalachian Maryland and Pennsylvania. But while the Tour crews were away leading the charge […]

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The Grand Finale! Wendy’s protests from Miami to Chicago highlight final Behind the Braids tour, Weekend of Action…

Hundreds of farmworkers and Fair Food allies, new and old, let Wendy’s know nothing will deter the Fair Food Nation as the Wendy’s Boycott heads into the new season in high gear!Even as the country continues to adjust to the new political landscape — with each new headline from Washington more shocking than the last — the Fair Food Nation remains steadfast in its commitment to farm labor justice.   With one eye on the unfolding national picture and the other on the Fair Food prize, thousands of consumers across the country and farmworkers in Florida forged ahead this week with one powerful message:  All human beings […]

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The arc of the moral universe is still ours to bend…

As fundamental human rights take the national stage following Tuesday’s electoral results, the battle for farm labor rights continues…Rio Grande Valley, Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio take the call for farm labor justice to Wendy’s doorstep!Before we begin today’s update, a word on current events:“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”We have had occasion to quote those words, attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King, many a time over the 25 years that we have been organizing here in Immokalee.  The quotation reminds us that, though at times it might seem that progress has grown unbearably slow […]

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“Behind the Braids” Wendy’s Boycott Tours hit the Mid-Atlantic!

 Wendy’s Boycott on the rise in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Western Maryland and Pennsylvania…As we hit the halfway mark of the six “Behind the Braids” Wendy’s Boycott tours, there is no doubt that the fast food giant is feeling the pressure coming from all corners of the Fair Food Nation! Instead of deterring consumers from standing with farmworkers, Wendy’s recent public statement of half-truths, innuendo and outright fabrications fueled both ire and energy among hundreds of consumer allies on the fourth “Behind the Braids” tour, which criss-crossed the Mid-Atlantic states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.  A week of back-to-back presentations, community gatherings, and colorful protests spread the word […]

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Fair Food Program receives highest recommendation in newly released evaluation of seven food justice certification programs!

Fair World Project — a project of the Organic Consumers Association, the nation’s largest network of green and ethical consumers — releases powerful new report looking into the standards, enforcement, and impact of best-known certification programs…The CIW’s Fair Food Program received the highest recommendation in a new study of seven of the leading certification programs in the country carried out by Fair World Project, a project of the Organic Consumers Association.  The report “strongly recommends” the Fair Food Program, along with the Agricultural Justice Project, “for their strength in key areas as well as for their involvement of workers in all levels of the […]

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