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A Year of Victories: May 2008 – May 2009

CIW IN THE NEWS!..

  The Campaign for Fair Food makes the NBC Today Show, The Economist, a new book out by the producers of the PBS show “Now” (right), and an in-depth special report in the Ft. Myers News-Press… The Campaign for Fair Food has gotten some much-needed attention from the mainstream media in recent days, and with the stories piling up, it is time for a quick media round-up; On July 3rd, the NBC’s Today Show interviewed John Siceloff, co-author of a new book entitled, “Your America: Democracy’s Local Heroes.” You can see the video of the Today Show interview and read […]

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SCHOLARS’ LETTER TO CHIPOTLE:

“Urgent need for reform in the fields requires us to intensify our call and actions for justice”… Nearly a year and a half ago, 36 leading scholars in the fields of labor law, labor studies, and social research, joined by the founding members of the Alliance for Fair Food, wrote a letter to Chipotle CEO Steve Ells. They began their letter: “It has come to our attention that in response to the CIW’s requests to meet and to work together to address human rights abuses of farmworkers in your company’s tomato supply chain, Chipotle has, instead, decided to suspend purchases […]

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Chipotle CEO Steve Ells on sustainable agriculture

“We decided long ago that we didn’t want Chipotle’s success to be tied to the exploitation of animals, farmers, or the environment.”   -Chipotle CEO Steve Ells on sustainable agriculture                                                                              What about farmworkers?… In the press release announcing his company ’s agreement to work with the CIW to improve wages and working conditions in its tomato suppliers’ fields, Burger King CEO John Chidsey said, “The CIW has been at the forefront of efforts to improve farm labor conditions, exposing abuses and driving socially responsible purchasing and work practices in the Florida tomato fields.”  Mr. Chidsey went on to say: “If […]

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FATHERS’ DAY IN IMMOKALEE…

Click on the link below to read a moving, in-depth profile of the CIW’s Mathieu Beaucicot from the Naples Daily News, entitled, “Promise kept: Immigrant father endures long-distance love to support, unite family stranded in Haiti”… Here’s and excerpt to get you started: “Like any father, he knows certain dates by heart: when he married their mother; the days that they, his five children, were born; and when it was that he sat in the audience at high school graduations, bursting with pride. But Mathieu Beaucicot’s story includes other moments that many fathers don’t face. In September 1991, Haiti’s democratically-elected […]

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THE ROAD AHEAD IN THE CAMPAIGN FOR FAIR FOOD!…

In the aftermath of last month’s victory in the Burger King campaign, we want to draw your attention to some words about the future of the Campaign for Fair Food that may have been lost in all the news around the agreement. Addressing the joint press conference at the US Capitol, Lucas Benitez of the CIW said: “Dr. Martin Luther King said it best when he said, ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’ Social responsibility in this country’s food industry is inevitable, and though the exploitation of Florida’s farmworkers remains unconscionable today, company […]

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BURGER KING CAMPAIGN COMES TO AN END WITH HISTORIC PRESS CONFERENCE, SIGNING CEREMONY AT U.S. CAPITOL

UPDATE 5/29: Editorial Support Strong for New CIW/BK Agreement!… See all the latest media here! Video excerpts from the press conference Exclusive photo report from the press conference Click here for the joint press release Editorial: “What’s with the farmers,” Palm Beach Post, 5/28/08 Editorial: “News reporting advanced justice,” Ft. Myers News-Press, 5/28/08 Editorial: “Coalition of Immokalee Workers,” Palm Beach Post, 6/1/08 Editorial: “At last Burger King does the right thing,” St. Petersburg Times, 6/2/08 “Farmworkers get a Whopper of a win,” Creative Loafing (Tampa Bay, FL), 6/1/08 More media coverage of the agreement: New York Times, “Burger King Grants […]

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Collected Press from the April 15, 2008 Senate Hearing:

Senator Bernie Sanders addresses the hearing, joined by Senators Edward Kennedy (shown here on right), Richard Durbin, and Sherrod Brown (not pictured). The senators’ opening remarks set the tone for the dramatic hearing to follow…

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“Immokalee workers raise stakes; May boycott fast-food chain in try to raise tomato prices”

They’ve been asking for years but haven’t gotten what they want.

So now, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers is bringing out its big guns: a high-profile, multi-faceted national campaign and the threat of a boycott designed to persuade Burger King to pay a penny more a pound for tomatoes and “eliminate slavery and human rights abuses from Florida’s fields.”

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Press Release: Sixth Immokalee slavery case suspect arrested Group accused of keeping beating, stealing from Immokalee laborers

In one of the largest slavery prosecutions Southwest Florida has ever seen, authorities arrested a sixth suspect Wednesday, charging her with making money off unpaid illegal immigrant farm workers.

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Fresh allegations of “human slavery” emerge from the tomato fields of Immokalee

Federal prosecutors say workers picking tomatoes locked in trucks, chained, beaten by bosses for trying to escape; Four arrested

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