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A Year of Victories: May 2008 – May 2009

FLORIDA TOUR Daily reports Nov. 18-25, 2009

On Day 3 & 4, the tour crew traveled north beyond the borders of our fine state for a weekend trip to the far reaches of Publix’s realm in Alabama and Georgia.

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Sustainable food leaders’ letter to Chipotle CEO Steve Ells

Sustainable food leaders’ letter to Chipotle CEO Steve Ells

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Shining a rotten apple

Two farms that used workers held against their will in the Navarrete slavery case were certified as “socially accountable” by the grower-controlled monitoring agency called “SAFE” (Socially Accountable Farm Employers)

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Excerpt from new book highlights CIW Anti-Slavery Campaign!…

“The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today” Here below is an extended excerpt from the new book on modern-day slavery by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter that takes a close look the CIW’s work to fight slavery in the fields. The first paragraph below describes the barbaric conditions on the labor camps that were the focus of the CIW’s first major slavery case, a case that took five years to carry from investigation to sentencing: “… Despite all the efforts being put forth by the CIW, and the dozens of witnesses and escapees who had come […]

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Community Center News

Updates on the building of the Community Center!

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CIW wins Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice! (yes, that Salem…)

The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice Foundation has selected the Coalition of ImmokaleeWorkers to receive its 17th annual human rights award "for its work to eliminate modern day slavery in the agricultural industry"! You can read about the announcement on the foundation’s website, here. Brian Watson, a columnist for the Salem News, traveled recently to Immokalee and has written a series of excellent opinion pieces on the situation of farmworkers in Immokalee and the CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food. You can read his columns here: "Salem award winner leads fight against exploitation," Salem News 5/6/09 "Exploited farm […]

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CIW speaks at conference on slavery in Vienna, Austria!

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) organizes special conference "on trafficking for labour exploitation focusing on the agricultural sector," invites CIW to share experience… The CIW’s Anti-Slavery Campaign coordinator, Laura Germino (pictured below, left), traveled last week to Vienna, Austria, to talk about the CIW’s work combating slavery here in the fields of Florida and how lessons learned in the course of our experience might aid the OSCE’s member states in their own battle with the growing problem of agricultural slavery. Here’s an excerpt from the CIW’s presentation, delivered to an audience (above) comprised mainly of policy makers […]

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Groundbreaking agreement with Bon Appetit hits the headlines, blogosphere…

Here’s some of the buzz generated by this week’s announcement (photo on the right again by Kelli Stanko, Washington Post): "Grist.org" – "Over the past week, much attention has been focused on the “B” part of that classic U.S. sandwich, the BLT. The swine flu outbreak has quite rightly raised questions about the environemtal/public health implications of modern industrial hog production. Almost lost amid the furor was much happier news about the “T” part of the delectable lunch item…" more "The Ethicurean" – "… Florida’s tomato growers have a special infernal circle reserved for them: they fought tooth and nail […]

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Fair Food movement breaks ground in foodservice industry!

CIW forges "innovative new model for fair labor standards in Florida’s tomato fields" with foodservice leader Bon Appetit. Click here for the joint CIW-Bon Appetit press release See the Washington Post article here (photo above shows CIW and Student/Farmworker Alliance members on tour of the Immokalee community with Bon Appetit executives, photo by Kelli Stanko) Gerardo Reyes of the CIW: "The future of a fairer tomato industry is being written today, and this agreement is a rough draft. It’s not a final product, and it’s not meant to be. But it is a great first cut at building a relationship […]

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Alliance for Fair Food wins two great new endorsements!

Roger Doiron of White House garden fame, and Curt Ellis of Wicked Delicate Films (and recent Peabody Award winner for “King Corn”) join the Campaign for Fair Food! Two more standouts of the sustainable food movement have lent their support to the Campaign for Fair Food. Roger Doiron (shown here on the left relaxing in his garden) is one of the country’s leading advocates for local and regional food systems. He is founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI), a Maine-based nonprofit network of over 10,000 individuals from 100 countries who are “taking a (dirty) hands-on approach to relocalizing […]

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