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“A brilliant model” at work: November 2013 – October 2014

Updates: Human rights crisis in Mexico and “Food Chains” release countdown begins…

[hupso title=”UPDATES: #HumanRights crisis in #Iguala #Mexico & @FoodChainsFilm release countdown begins…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/10/food-chains-mexico/“] “Enough!  Mexico Is Ready to Explode”…   Two weeks ago we brought you an extended analysis of the human rights crisis in Mexico and its impact on the agricultural industry there.  In a post entitled “Fear and Fair Cannot Coexist,” we wrote: Mass graves.  Horribly disfigured corpses.  Police complicity in the ultraviolence of all-powerful drug gangs. Since 2005, stories like these have played out across Mexico’s headlines day after day, month after month, year after year.  But the details of last month’s mass killing and disappearance of […]

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New Fair Food Label takes off!

[hupso title=”NEW POST: @FairFoodProgram labels takes off! Media & social media roundup…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/10/label-media/”] Excerpt of Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, speaking on Huffington Post Live about the Fair Food label on Food Day.  To watch the full interview, click here. New Fair Food Program label a huge hit in print and social media on Food Day…  The Fair Food Program’s new label debuted this past Friday, and it made quite the splash in the national media and the Twittersphere in the process!  The label, which was nearly five years in the making while the Fair Food Program was hard at work […]

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“We have waited nearly five years before revealing this label to the world today…”

[hupso title=”The @FairFoodProgram Label is here! RT to join the#FairFoodNation & @FoodChainsFilm movement” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/10/the-label/”] CIW releases long-awaited Fair Food Label! After four seasons of careful implementation of its unique model of worker-driven social responsibility, including the last three seasons across more than 90% of Florida’s $650 million tomato industry, the CIW is unveiling today the first-ever Fair Food Program label (above).  Its release truly marks a major milestone in the two-decade long journey that farmworkers and consumers have traveled together to bring justice to Florida’s fields (and beyond!). And there is no day more appropriate than Food Day – when people across the country stop to reflect on the future of our food system […]

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This Friday, help us spread the word as we launch the first-ever consumer label of the Fair Food Program!

[hupso title=”The @FairFoodProgram Label is here! RT to join the #FairFoodNation & @FoodChainsFilm movement” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/10/foodday/“] This Friday, let’s make this Food Day the first-ever Fair Food Day! There are few food labels in the world with a history as deep — or a human rights program as remarkable — as the new Fair Food Program label, ready for its big reveal this coming Food Day, Friday, October 24th.   Indeed, it is an image two decades in the making.  It has been twenty years since farmworkers began organizing in the streets of Immokalee for “dignity, dialogue, and a fair wage”; thirteen years since consumers across the […]

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Exclusive new clip, Oscar buzz, more… Let’s check in on “Food Chains” one month out from Nov. 21 national release!

[hupso title=”EXCLUSIVE new clip of @FoodChainsFilm, oscar buzz, & more ahead of #Thanksgiving release! ” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/10/oscar-buzz/”] Film industry starting to take notice as Indiewire, Awards Circuit run stories on “Food Chains” ahead of its Thanksgiving release! The theatrical release of a feature film on the Campaign for Fair Food has always seemed, quite honestly, a little surreal, but as we reach the one month mark in the countdown to its November 21st release, it’s becoming more real by the day. Above is an exclusive clip shared with the online industry blog Indiewire for a quick story on the film, presented with […]

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Divestment? Now there’s an interesting idea for a campaign…

[hupso title=”#Divestment? Now there’s an interesting idea for a campaign… @Wendys @FoodChainsFilm @FairFoodProgram” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/10/divestment/”] The exciting new documentary “Food Chains” is having an impact even before it’s released, prompting one Berlin Film Festival goer to divest 50,000 shares in Wendy’s after seeing the film… Well this was a surprise.  And a thought-provoking one at that. This week, news reached the CIW via the “Food Chains” crew that a certain Mr. James Scurlock had written to inform them that he had decided to sell his family’s holdings in Wendy’s until the hamburger giant joins the Fair Food Program!   Apparently, Mr. Scurlock had attended the big “Food […]

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Fear and Fair cannot coexist…

[hupso title=”Fear and fair cannot coexist…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/10/fear-and-fair-cannot-coexist/”] Last month’s horrific massacre of student human rights activists in Guerrero serves as an awful reminder of why there will be no “Fair Food Program” in the foreseeable future of Mexico’s tomato industry… Mass graves.  Horribly disfigured corpses.  Police complicity in the ultraviolence of all-powerful drug gangs. Since 2005, stories like these have played out across Mexico’s headlines day after day, month after month, year after year.  But the details of last month’s mass killing and disappearance of student activists in the southern state of Guerrero stood out above the ever-growing body count in […]

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Must-see new video puts the Fair Food Program at center stage!

[hupso title=”NEW VIDEO: Fair Food Program OFFICIAL video now available!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/10/ffp-video/”]   New video a preview of things to come this fall as the Fair Food Program gets ready for prime time… It has been quietly taking shape in Florida’s fields for four seasons now, laying a foundation, building its track record, and reinforcing its gains.  Through the painstaking efforts of over 30,000 farmworkers, 30 farms, a dozen major retail food brands, and more than two dozen dedicated human rights defenders, the award-winning Fair Food Program has helped usher in a new day for Florida farmworkers, and in the process has reshaped an industry from “the worst to […]

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A call to a different kind of action! “Food Chains” director calls on Fair Food Nation to mobilize for film release…

[hupso title=”FILM UPDATE: Mobilize for the release of @FoodChainsFilm! New cities & more…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/10/food-chains-mobilize/”] Film’s national release coming up fast! As the November 21st nationwide release of “Food Chains” rapidly approaches, we are thrilled to be able to share the list of cities in which a full theatrical launch is planned (a “full theatrical launch” is when a film is screened at a proper theater for a week or more).  Thus far those cities include: English language: New York City, Los Angeles (Pasadena), San Francisco, Orlando, Tampa, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Washington DC, Chicago and Bonita Springs (FL), with the possibility of Miami Spanish language: Salinas (CA), Pittsburgh […]

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One final, unforgettable moment from last week’s CGI meetings in New York…

[hupso title=”@billclinton on @CNN: #FairFoodProgram brilliant, adds you ought to put the pedal to the metal” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/09/cnn-clinton/”]   In CNN interview, President Clinton calls the Fair Food Program, “brilliant,” adds, “You’ve got a success model, and you ought to put the pedal to the metal…” Last week’s ceremony at which the CIW was honored with the 2014 Clinton Global Citizen Award was a night that will not soon be forgotten.  But the three days that followed the award ceremony — the actual business end of the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting — were every bit as exciting.  Here’s a thumbnail […]

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