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“Because a tractor doesn’t tell the farmer how to run the farm” Testimony by Lucas Benitez

I thank you for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

At the same time, of course, the reason I am here is very troubling. The sad fact is that we are here today because there is slavery in the fields in the United States in the 21st century.

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Check out this exclusive video from the CIW’s “Concert for Fair Food”!

Zack de la Rocha and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine performing an original song penned in honor of the CIW’s McDonald’s victory! Or click here for the high resolution version (quicktime) Here’s what Tom Morello had to say about the “Concert for Fair Food”: “It was very exciting for everybody in the room, myself included. I mean, the place was just packed to the rafters and even the stage was packed with this ring of 25 photographers two feet away from us while we were playing, so it was kind of a trippy, you know, way to do […]

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Truth Tour, “Concert for Fair Food”

Truth Tour, “Concert for Fair Food” rock Chicago’s House of Blues and shakes the house of fast-food!… By all measures, the 2007 Truth Tour was a landmark event, from the announcement of the precedent-setting agreement with McDonald’s and its suppliers at the Carter Center in Atlanta to the unforgettable “Concert for Fair Food” at Chicago’s House of Blues! Click here to check out all the pictures, reports and media from the Truth Tour that launched the MOVEMENT for Fair Food!

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CIW, McDonald’s, McD’s suppliers reach agreement to improve farmworker wages and working conditions!

CIW, McDonald’s, McD’s suppliers reach agreement to improve farmworker wages and working conditions! With the arrival of the 2007 Truth Tour in Chicago just days away, the CIW, McDonald’s, and its suppliers gathered at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Monday, April 9, to announce an agreement that guarantees: A penny more per pound to workers harvesting tomatoes for McDonald’s; A stronger code of conduct based on the principle of worker participation; And a collaborative effort to develop a third party mechanism for monitoring conditions in the fields and investigating workers’ complaints of abuse. Read the press release here! Read […]

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McDONALD’S USA AND ITS PRODUCE SUPPLIERS TO WORK WITH THE COALITION OF IMMOKALEE WORKERS

ATLANTA – The (CIW), and McDonald’s USA, working with McDonald’s produce suppliers, today announced plans to work together to address wages and working conditions for the farmworkers who pick Florida tomatoes.

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PACK YOUR BAGS, WE’RE HEADING TO CHICAGO!

Final preparations are underway in Immokalee and across the country as the 2007 McDonald’s Truth Tour is set to hit the road… In Minnesota, CIW member and 2003 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Laureate Romeo Ramirez addressed community, student, and labor gatherings as the Twin Cities gear up to send a delegation to Chicago. Read a story from one of those meetings here. In Oregon, the Portland chapter of Jobs with Justice sent word that they voted to become the latest endorser of the Alliance for Fair Food… and promised to join us in Chicago! Meanwhile, in the Windy […]

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THE ALLIANCE FOR FAIR FOOD ANNOUNCES SIX NEW ENDORSERS!

And the Presbyterian News Service puts out one heck of an article on the upcoming Truth Tour… The Alliance for Fair Food just keeps growing bigger and stronger by the day — great news for the battles that lie ahead and the looming showdown with McDonald’s for not just fast, but FAIR, food! The latest organizations to join the Alliance include: National Jobs with Justice Oxfam America National Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) And three great Illinois-based organizations, Central Illinois Jobs with Justice, the Living Wage Association of Champaign County, IL, and our old friends at the Industrial Workers […]

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NATIONAL STUDENT ORG’S TELL McD’S CEO SKINNER: “OUR PATIENCE IS ALL BUT EXHAUSTED”

Nine of the country’s leading student organizations have sent a joint letter to McDonald’s on the eve of the 2007 Truth Tour, advising McD’s CEO Jim Skinner to “not underestimate our tenacity or the proven strength of our alliance with Florida’s farmworkers.” The student letter comes only a week after 185 religious leaders sent their own letter to McDonald’s. The organizations include: Student/Farmworker Alliance, United Students Against Sweatshops, United States Student Association, Student Labor Action Project, National Latino/a Law Student Association, United Students for Fair Trade, Student Action with Farmworkers, Student Environmental Action Coalition, and the Living Wage Action Coalition. […]

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THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH TAKES A STAND FOR FAIR FOOD!

2.4 million-strong Church joins AFF in calling for Fair-Food that respects human rights, not fast-food that exploits human beings! At its meeting in Portland, Oregon, earlier this month, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church adopted a resolution to support the Alliance for Fair Food. The resolution: "calls on the church to promote principles and practices of socially responsible purchasing in the corporate food industry in order to advance the human rights of farmworkers by (1) encouraging study and appropriate action on these matters by missions, parishes, dioceses, and provinces of the Episcopal Church; and (2) urge the church at […]

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SHAREHOLDER RESOLUTION CALLING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTIONS IN McD’S SUPPLY CHAIN MOVES FORWARD FOLLOWING SEC RULING!

In a March 22nd letter to McDonald’s Corporation from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC announced that it was “unable to concur” with McDonald’s attempts to exclude a shareholder resolution submitted by CIW allies from the McDonald’s 2007 Proxy Statement.  As such, McDonald’s shareholders should have the opportunity to vote on the resolution, entitled “Human Rights Standards,” at the McDonald’s Annual Meeting in May.  The resolution urges the Board of Directors to adopt, implement, and enforce a revised company-wide Code of Conduct, inclusive of suppliers and sub-contractors, based on the International Labor Organization’s ("ILO") Declaration on Fundamental Principles and […]

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