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THOUSANDS COME OUT IN IMMOKALEE FOR CIW’S 2007

"YEAR OF THE WORKER" PARTY! This year’s "Año del Trabajador" celebration at the CIW headquarters was bigger than ever, a fitting turnout for the ramp up to the biggest Truth Tour yet! More than 3,000 people came together for a day of music, laughter, and reflection on the contradiction between the tremendous wealth created by Immokalee’s labor, on the one hand, and the grinding poverty to which Immokalee is condemned by companies like McDonald’s, on the other. Now, while that may not sound like a party to you, it was in Immokalee, because for the first time in a long […]

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E-ACTION ALERT!

E-ACTION ALERT!… American Rights At Work issues E-Action Alert to tell McDonald’s to "implement fair wages and real rights for the workers who pick your tomatoes" now… American Rights At Work, a leading voice for workplace democracy in the country today, is taking on the CIW’s McDonald’s campaign with a national E-Action Alert! Click here now to participate in an online petition demanding that McDonald’s implement fair wages and real rights for the farmworkers who pick its tomatoes. And after you sign the petition, you can help spread the word by sending the following message to 10 friends: “Farmworkers who […]

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RELIGIOUS LEADERS FLOCK TO SIGN LETTER TO McDONALD’S!

Letter calls on McD’s to "not let farmworkers and their families suffer one more day"… Ten days ago, March 9, the energy was high as religious leaders attending the National Council of Church’s Education and Advocacy Days stood in line (left) to sign-on to a letter to McDonald’s decrying the human rights abuses faced by farmworkers picking for the fast-food giant’s suppliers.  After a rousing sermon by the Rev. Dr. Clifton Kirkpatrick, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s General Assembly, people of faith stood 5 deep in order to witness to their hope that McDonald’s ensure the human rights […]

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AFL-CIO PRESIDENT JOHN SWEENEY CONFIRMS THAT HE WILL JOIN THE PROTEST ON APRIL 14TH IN CHICAGO!

Also, Serj Tankian of System of a Down, the South Central Farmers, and Just Coffee join the AFF endorsers list… AFL-CIO President John Sweeney has confirmed that he will be there in Chicago on April 14th, when farmworkers from Immokalee and allies from across the country gather in McDonald’s hometown to demand that the fast-food giant end the exploitation of farmworkers in its supply chain. President Sweeney is a long-time ally of the CIW and visited Immokalee with Mrs. Ethel Kennedy last year to see conditions in the community and the fields first-hand.  His presence is sure to inspire a […]

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NAOMI KLEIN, NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD, AXIS OF JUSTICE JOIN THE GROWING LIST OF ENDORSERS OF CAMPAIGN FOR FAIR FOOD!

Meanwhile, McD’s top three execs receive over $15 million in bonuses… As momentum builds for the arrival of the 2007 McDonald’s Truth Tour in Chicago for the April 13th and 14th actions, the list of endorsers of the Campaign for Fair Food continues to grow. This week alone, endorsements have come in from Naomi Klein (author of "No Logo" and "Fences and Windows"), the National Lawyers Guild, and Axis of Justice (the partnership of Serj Tankian of System of a Down, on left in the photo above, and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, that has built a coalition […]

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ANOTHER THREE-PART UPDATE!

The news from the Campaign for Fair Food keeps coming so fast that we can’t keep up — here’s another three-part update as the 2007 Truth Tour rapidly aproaches: Chicago – The organizing team in Chicago held the "Midwest Encuentro" not too long ago, gathering students and youth in a day-long organizing session to lay the groundwork for the mobilization in the weeks ahead for the April 13th and 14th actions. They even got in a little action of their own, depsite a fairly heavy snowfall (right). You can see more pictures and a report from the "Encuentro" by clicking […]

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TWO GREAT NEW ARTICLES ON THE CAMPAIGN AND McD’S!

Plus, an E-Action reminder… Wiretapmag.org just ran two great pieces on the Campaign for Fair Food and McDonald’s. If you have a few minutes you should really check them out: Open Letter to Ronald McDonald By Jordan Buckley, March 21, 2007 Opinion: Young activists and immigrant farmworkers succeeded in stopping Taco Bell’s abusive treatment of their workers. McDonald’s is up next, warns a young organizer. Unhappy Meal By Adam Doster, March 21, 2007 Immigrant farmworkers battle for workers’ rights, escalate their campaign against McDonald’s. Also, if you haven’t done so already, please to take a few minutes to send a […]

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LAWRENCE, KS, FAIR FOOD GROUP KEEPS THE HEAT ON McD’S

Lawrence, Kansas: On Friday (3/2/07), Lawrence Fair Food rallied outside of McDonald’s on a busy street at rush hour. More than thirty people showed up to the Lawrence group’s latest action, story designed "to get folks excited for our upcoming trip to Chicago!"… Check out a great story on the action from the KU daily, "Over 1 Billion Angered."

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TOM MORELLO JOINS ZACK de la ROCHA IN CONFIRMING FOR CHICAGO!

Tom Morello (left), one of the first artists to step up in support of the Taco Bell boycott and a veteran of two Taco Bell Truth Tours, has confirmed that he will be joining the CIW in Chicago for the major rally and "Carnaval" in downtown Chicago on April 14th! This great news comes just a week after learning that Tom Morello’s former partner and front man for the band Rage Against the Machine — Zack de la Rocha — would be joining us as well in Chicago for his first Truth Tour. The work of these two remarkable artists […]

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GREAT NEWS KEEPS COMING IN THREE’S!

On the heels of Zack de la Rocha’s confirmation for the Chicago actions, three more high-profile allies have said they’ll be there when workers from Immokalee rally outside McDonald’s this April. Plus, two more great articles came out this past week. Here’ a wrap-up of the latest news… Dolores Huerta (above) , co-founder of the UFW and a widely-respected leader in the broader civil rights movement in the US, will be lending her presence to the actions in Chicago! Also confirming this week were Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center […]

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