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

ACTION ALERT! Food Sovereignty Prize Winners team up with CIW in New York…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@Wendys picket for farmworker justice in #NYC! Join @CIW & #foodsovprize winners @ Union Sq, 1PM” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=16699″] Wendy’s Picket for Farmworker Justice in the Big Apple! Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 1 PMUnion Square (14th Street), NYC Next week, the CIW is headed to NYC to accept the Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute’s 2013 Four Freedoms Medal. As the CIW accepts this award, let’s remind Wendy’s — the last of the five largest fast food corporations in the country not participating in the Fair Food Program — that the time is now to join this proven solution to farmworker abuse […]

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Publix Truth Tour rolls into Alabama, Tennessee, hits the streets in action!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”100s from #FairFoodNation in #AL, #TN take action w/ #PublixTruthTour!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=16566″] For its second week, the Publix Truth Tour — infused with new energy after being joined by even more CIW members from Immokalee  — rolled into Tennessee and Alabama. This chapter of the Tour was defined by the mobilization of hundreds of stalwart southerners who raised both signs and voices to let the Florida-based supermarket know that its expansion north must be accompanied by a basic respect for farmworkers. Once again, we turn to the CIW and ally staff on the front lines of the tour for beautiful photos […]

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Publix Truth Tour crew brings Fair Food gospel to Publix’s newest market, North Carolina!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#PublixTruthTour brings #FairFoodNation to @Publix’s newest market, NC!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=16538″] Educational swing through the Tar Heel state gets warm reception from student, faith, community and corporate allies… Over the course of four days in North Carolina — days that took them on a whirlwind tour through Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, and Asheville — the Publix Truth Tour crew met face to face with hundreds of new allies, consumers of every stripe who are gearing up to spearhead the Fair Food movement in Publix’s newest market.  In rooms packed with community leaders and consumers of conscience, the crew told the […]

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CIW speaks at White House on FFP’s power to prevent slavery!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@CIW speaks at @WhiteHouse on FFP’s power to prevent #slavery!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=16511″] CIW’s Laura Germino speaks on Fair Food Program on plenary panel at “Taking Action to Eradicate Modern-day Slavery”… Earlier this year, President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships issued its report, “Building Partnerships to Eradicate Modern-day Slavery,” in which the Council was tasked with investigating the landscape of today’s anti-slavery movement and presenting the President with recommendations for strengthening the federal government’s efforts to combat slavery through partnerships with NGOs.  Readers of this site will remember that the CIW was featured prominently in the final report, singled out […]

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Publix Truth Tour kicks off in Gainesville!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#PublixTruthTour kicks off in Gainesville! Inspiring gathering followed by 100+ protest at @Publix ” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=16483″] Tropical downpour only whets Fair Food activists’ appetite for action on big first day of Southeast tour… The Publix Truth Tour launched yesterday with a dramatic send-off from some of the CIW’s most stalwart allies in Gainesville. The partnership between Immokalee and Gainesville is so strong, in fact, that the day’s activities marked not only the beginning of the Truth Tour, but also the culmination of the city’s annual “CIW week,” a full seven days of local education, activities and action to call for […]

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Willie Nelson, fellow Farm Aid artists, congratulate CIW on Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@willienelson, @FarmAid congratulate @CIW on Freedom from Want Medal!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=16441″] Note underscores common vision of a just agricultural system “which benefits workers, as well as farmers and eaters — in other words, all of us.”   Country legend and longtime food justice activist Willie Nelson wrote to the CIW last month with a powerful message of solidarity prompted by the announcement of the CIW’s selection to receive the 2013 Roosevelt Freedom from Want Medal.  He wrote in his capacity as President of Farm Aid, the organization launched in the wake of the historic 1985 Farm Aid concert and dedicated to […]

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If you read one thing about the Publix campaign, read this…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”If you read 1 thing about the @Publix campaign, read this…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=16418″] United Methodist pastor pens powerful argument for Publix to join Fair Food Program, published in Lakeland Ledger; Publix family member takes to Ledger online comment section to respond, stakes out innovative Zero Social Responsibility position in defense… This past Saturday, the Lakeland Ledger, Publix’s hometown paper, published an op/ed by the Rev. Audrey Warren, pastor at the Branches United Methodist Church in Florida City, south of Miami.  The piece, titled “Publix Should Agree to Fair Food Deal,” has been the talk of Lakeland ever since, even prompting one […]

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Student/Farmworker Alliance Encuentro 2013 puts focus on Wendys, Publix!

[hupso title=”.@sfalliance #Encuentro2013 puts focus on @Wendys, @Publix!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=16386″] Students, youth gather for a weekend of planning, convivio with workers in Immokalee… Last weekend, a storied tradition unfolded once again as the Student/Farmworker Alliance convened it’s 9th Annual Encuentro in Immokalee.  Students and young people hailing from twenty states across the nation converged in the birthplace of the Campaign for Fair Food for a three-day immersion visit.  During their time together, Encuentro participants deepened their knowledge of the Fair Food Program, honed their organizing skills, and fortified the relationships that will carry them through the ups and downs of the battle […]

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On the wrong side of history…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”When history passes by…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=16177″] Publix stuck in 2009 as historic changes sweep through the Florida agricultural industry Labor Day Weekend of Action video, messages from CIW members capture spirit of change lost on Florida’s grocery giant Four years ago — after several years of private letters requesting a dialogue with Publix leaders on the Campaign for Fair Food were met with stony silence — the CIW launched the Publix campaign, calling on Florida’s grocery giant to support the CIW’s vision for a more modern, more humane agricultural industry.  If Publix wouldn’t engage in dialogue, then a public conversation […]

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BREAKING NEWS! Sept. 21 – Oct 5: Southeast Publix Truth Tour!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@ciw, #FairFoodNation gearing up for Southeast #PublixTruthTour, Sept 21 – Oct 5! Watch out, @Publix… ” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=16157″] NOTE: Don’t miss the full schedule at the Publix Truth Tour mainpage! Rolling out from Immokalee on September 21st,  the CIW will be launching a marathon tour of the southern branch of the Fair Food Nation to spread the truth about Publix and its unconscionable refusal to support the Fair Food Program, the most effective program for human rights in the US agricultural industry today.  Allies in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama have already begun to plan dozens of presentations, pickets and house meetings […]

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