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Expanding the Fair Food Program: November 2014 – December 2015

Food for Thought on Thanksgiving Eve…

Christian Science Monitor takes a longform look at farm labor exploitation in the US, Fair Food Program progress in Florida’s fields…With Thanksgiving just a day away — and preparations for the holiday feast already well underway in homes across the country — it is reasonable to pause for a moment to reflect on the fate of the men and women whose labor puts the food on our holiday tables.  The bountiful harvest we celebrate at this time every year is still picked largely by hand, and in most of the country the conditions workers face in the fields continue to rival […]

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Holiday surprise: FFSC Director Judge Laura Safer Espinoza wins prestigious Purpose Prize!

Fair Food Program’s best kept secret, secret no longer, as award makes national news!…Last week, the Fair Food Standards Council’s own Judge Laura Safer Espinoza was honored with Encore.org’s prestigious Purpose Prize.  Recognizing “six over 60” who are “combining their passion and their experience for social good,” the Prize highlights Judge Laura’s immeasurable contribution to the Fair Food Program, which comes on the heels of a long and remarkable career on the bench as a New York State Supreme Court Judge.Here are some of the highlights from the Encore site’s profile of Judge Safer Espinoza (which, of course, we strongly encourage you to read in […]

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Farmworkers, allies march on Big Apple Headquarters of Wendy’s Board Chairman, Nelson Peltz!

CIW to Nelson Peltz:  “Trian has a tremendous influence over the decisions of Wendy’s — but they have forgotten to recognize the humanity of the workers.  It’s time for them to do so by joining the Fair Food Program.” On Monday evening, in the wake of Wendy’s long and frosty silence on whether or not they will join the Fair Food Program, nearly one hundred New York City community members marched from a Wendy’s franchise to the midtown Manhattan offices of Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz, bringing the Fair Food Nation’s three-year-long public campaign all the way to the top of the corporate chain.The message from farmworkers […]

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TODAY: Get ready, New York City! Massive march, delegation to Wendy’s leadership…

“If not now, when?” Farmworkers, religious leaders in the Big Apple demand answers from Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz…Later today, the Fair Food Nation will appear at the doorstep of the plush downtown Manhattan offices of Trian Partners, the multi-billion dollar investing firm headed by famed “activist investor” Nelson Peltz.  Why, exactly, are farmworkers and consumers protesting outside an investment firm?  Because, beyond being the owner of one of the most expensive homes in America, Mr. Peltz is the Chairman of the Board of Wendy’s and his investment firm, Trian Partners, is Wendy’s largest shareholder.  It’s reasonable to assume that there […]

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BREAKING: CIW, allies to march on NYC offices of Wendy’s Chairman Nelson Peltz!

Mark your calendar!  This coming Monday, November 16th, CIW and allies will march through the heart of New York City from a Wendy’s franchise to the office of its Chairman, Nelson Peltz.Here below is the official press release:Gerardo Reyes ChavezCoalition of Immokalee Workers workers@ciw-online.org, (239) 675-9234MEDIA ADVISORY:New York City Residents, Farmworkers to March on Park Avenue Offices of Wendy’s Chairman Nelson Peltz, Call on Fast Food Company to Join Award-Winning Human Rights ProgramNew York, NY – On Monday, November 16, farmworkers and New York City residents – including clergy, community leaders, students, and concerned consumers — will march from the Wendy’s restaurant […]

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Nov. 21st: “Uniting for Fair Food” National Day of Action for the Thanksgiving season…

As country prepares for Thanksgiving, Fair Food Nation prepares powerful call for justice from Publix, Wendy’s…Fall is in the air, and as the end of November draws closer, people across the country are making travel plans and pulling out favorite family recipes for the big Thanksgiving meal on November 26th.For the Fair Food Nation, the central ingredients of that meal are not only the family members around the table, but also justice for the women and men — and their families — who harvest the food on the table.This November 21st, farmworkers in Florida are calling on consumer allies across the country to join them in demanding justice — not […]

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North Carolina Publix Truth Tour kicks off in Asheville!

Western North Carolina community to Florida-based Publix:  If you want to expand into our community, you must expand your commitment to human rights!Word has come down off the mountain, and the first week of the North Carolina Publix Truth Tour — spent among the turning leaves and brisk fall breezes of the indescribably beautiful mountain community of Asheville (while today the heat index here in Immokalee will top a record 100 degrees…) — was a smashing success.  We have just received our first dispatch from the tour crew making their way across the Tarheel state, where more and more freshly-minted Publix stores are coming online every month as […]

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100+ Floridians take to the streets to keep the heat on Publix…

Farmworker families, allies launch series of fall Publix actions with massive protest at Sarasota’s Bay St. Publix, calling on Florida’s grocer to join the Fair Food Program!Last weekend, even as Publix executives up north began to prepare for the upcoming North Carolina Publix Truth Tour, the Southeastern grocer got an earful from its own hometown residents down in Florida!  Last Sunday, over 100 allies joined dozens of farmworkers and their families from Immokalee for a colorful protest at Sarasota’s Bay Street Publix.Here is an excellent report from the Alliance for Fair Food on the high-spirited weekend protest:This past Sunday, scores of Sarasota community allies united […]

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EEOC Task Force holds up Fair Food Program at national hearing as practice “we’ve seen work” to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment…

EEOC highlights Fair Food Program’s unique capacity to prevent sexual harassment at national gathering focused on “promoting the practices we’ve seen work…”This past Tuesday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission gathered its Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace in Los Angeles to discuss some of the most country’s most promising models for addressing — and preventing — harassment in the workplace, from the office to the kitchens to the fields.The Task Force, launched by EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang, was established in January of this year.  Here below is an excerpt from the later press release, announcing the Task Force’s […]

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Question: What are the three most important elements of a successful social responsibility program?

Answer:  1) Enforcement 2) Enforcement 3) EnforcementThe litany of brutal human rights abuses in corporate supply chains around the globe just keeps getting longer by the day, and more horrifying with each new exposé.Longtime readers of this site are familiar with the extensive history of labor abuse in America’s fields, including Florida’s own “Harvest of Shame.”  From federal prosecutors declaring Florida “ground zero for modern-day slavery” (in the wake of seven prosecutions of forced labor operations that liberated well over 1,200 workers since 1995), to the recent PBS Frontline series “Rape in the Fields,” to the even more recent $17 million EEOC judgment against the […]

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