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Fair Food Program to the Fore: November 2012 – October 2013

Special to the CIW: Read the Publix Op/Ed the Atlanta Journal Constitution refused to publish!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@EmoryUniversity professor Carol Anderson pens beautiful op/ed on @Publix and #humanrights!” url=”″] Emory University professor Carol Anderson pens beautifully-written opinion piece on Publix and human rights… Emory University professor Carol Anderson (pictured above during a recent Publix protest in Atlanta, part of last month’s big Southeast Truth Tour) recently submitted a powerfully-written op/ed to the Atlanta Journal Constitution that methodically deconstructs Publix’s specious arguments against joining the CIW’s award-winning Fair Food Program and challenges the grocery giant to provide “ethical conditions in [its] supply chain and dignity for the workers whose long undervalued labor has helped make Publix one of the […]

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Midwest Tour builds pressure in Wendy’s
stomping grounds…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#WendysMidwestTour final report! #FairFoodNation gearing up in #OH for @Wendys campaign this fall…” url=”″] CIW’s travels through the Midwest signal growing impatience of consumers with Wendy’s refusal to join widely lauded Fair Food Program — and foreshadow powerful fall campaign! As the leaves change color and the air cools off, everyone — even those of us in just-a-bit-less-balmy Southwest Florida — can taste fall in the air.  And so far, October has ushered in not only cooler temperatures, but new energy and animo in the Fair Food Nation — especially for the Wendy’s campaign!   After 9 months of petitions (including Walk […]

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A good couple of days for Fair Food… Part 2

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”Part 2 of @CIW’s fruitful trip to #NYC! Plans for upcoming @FoodChainsFilm & fair blueberries” url=”″] Following the exciting Roosevelt Medal ceremony, CIW team meets with allies on two important new fronts in the Fair Food movement! The photo above is a still from a compelling new documentary on farm labor in the United States entitled “Food Chains.”  The film, which is in the final stages of production and is planned to premiere in early 2014, focuses primarily on the CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food and the Fair Food Program as a solution to the longstanding exploitation and abuse […]

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A good couple of days for Fair Food…

[hupso title=”.@CIW at #FourFreedoms Ceremony: Hope that a better world, a more human world, was in fact possible…” url=”″] “Hope that a better world, a more humane world, was in fact possible…” Four Freedoms Medal ceremony, massive Wendy’s protest, highlight week full of momentum in movement for Fair Food! “Somewhere we have heard that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice… Today, for the first time in the history of the south, this dream is coming true for farmworkers in Florida’s agriculture.  For the first time, we have a place at the table. In our […]

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It’s been an action-packed few days in New York City!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@CIW honored in #NYC with #FourFreedoms award & 100+ turn out at @Wendys action!” url=”″] CIW honored in historic St. James Episcopal Church with Freedom from Want medal; 100+ turn out at New York Wendy’s action! It has been a whirlwind of activity these past couple of days in New York — such a whirlwind, in fact, that we have not had a free moment to share an update on all of the exciting things happening!  Rest assured, however, that we will send along a full update as soon as possible, with a complete report on both the stirring Four Freedoms […]

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Join CIW members this week for the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Awards ceremony, Wendy’s action in
New York!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@CIW heading up to #NYC for @rooseveltinst’s Four Freedoms Award, plus @Wendys action!” url=”″] CIW heads to New York for full schedule of celebration and action: Freedom From Want Medal ceremony, Food Sovereignty Prize ceremony, and a Wendy’s Action! After many months of anticipation, the CIW is on the road to the Big Apple for a week of celebration and, of course, action. In true CIW fashion, we are hitting the ground running in New York with a protest at Wendy’s this very afternoon. We are proud to say that we will be joined at the Wendy’s action by this year’s […]

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Midwest Tour takes aim at Wendy’s!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#MidwestTour takes aim at @Wendys! @Sfalliance on the rise…” url=”″] Massive protest descends on Minneapolis Wendy’s, as 150 students with Real Food Challenge and Minneapolis community members join CIW delegation for the centerpiece action of Midwest Tour’s first week! Midwest Tour, with focus on education and movement building ahead of major new campus initiative in Wendy’s campaign, moves on to Ohio… The Fair Food movement will not slow down. Last week, just as the  Publix Truth Tour crew was arriving home from its five-state expedition, the Wendy’s Midwest Tour team hit the road for its own two-week trek through the […]

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Florida institutions collide: Abigail Disney calls on Publix to join Fair Food Program!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@AbigailDisney joins @CIW women’s group to call on @Publix to join the #FairFoodProgram!” url=”″] Abigail Disney, award-winning filmmaker and granddaughter of co-founder of Walt Disney Productions, visits Immokalee, joins CIW for Publix protest in Ft. Myers… Last weekend, the CIW hosted a very special visitor to Immokalee, a person whose family can rightly claim to have had a greater impact on Florida over the past half century than even the state’s richest corporation, Publix.  Abigail Disney, granddaughter of the co-founder of Walt Disney Productions, Roy Disney, and an award-winning filmmaker in her own right, spent the weekend visiting with […]

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4 million-member-strong anti-slavery leader Walk Free enters the fray in Wendy’s campaign!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#antislavery leader @WalkFree launches e-action calling on @Wendys to join #FairFoodNation!” url=”″] International anti-slavery giant Walk Free launches e-action calling on Wendy’s to “sign the Fair Food Agreement now and help end slavery forever in Florida’s tomato fields.” The Australia-based anti-slavery organization Walk Free — which boasts a community of over 4 million members — wrote a novel email to its vast network of supporters the other day.  Like most emails calling for action in the anti-slavery movement, it began by recounting the story of a worker, Antonio, forced to work against his will. But then this email took […]

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“We are not going back. We are going forward — and sooner or later, Publix is coming with us.”

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”CIW on #PublixTruthTour: We are not coming back. We are going forward, & sooner or later, @Publix is coming with us” url=”″] Publix Truth Tour ends its two-week journey on a high note in actions with hundreds of allies in Atlanta, Athens and Tallahassee! (Spoiler alert: Lots and lots of beautiful photos ahead…) Two weeks.  Fourteen cities.  Hundreds of allies at more than a dozen protests, and thousands of new troops on the northern front in the Publix campaign.  With the 2013-2014 tomato season just around the corner, the battle for Fair Food was joined again, this time with a […]

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