News Archives

A New Day in the Fields: September 2010 – December 2011

Should auld acquaintance be forgot…

Mark Bittman, Gourmet Magazine give end of the year tips of the hat to CIW; Two holiday-themed videos close out 2011 in the Campaign for Fair Food… The year 2011 in the Campaign for Fair Food may ultimately be known as the year the CIW caught the attention of the food movement, with high profile articles and appearances giving farmworkers an important new voice – and the issue of human rights an important new place — in the growing debate over how we produce and sell food in this country. But that didn’t make it any less of a surprise […]

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Christmas in Immokalee is a time for reflection…

CIW members act out the Nativity scene at this past Wednesday’s community meeting in Immokalee. The re-enactment is an annual event, designed in the tradition of popular theater to provoke reflection on the meaning of Christ’s birth into poverty. Today we received an email entitled “Reflections from Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon on Why Christians Should Be Particularly Aware of Poverty and Justice Issues at Christmastime.” It included the text of his comments from earlier this month at the Faithful Budget Prayer Vigil on Capitol Hill. We want to begin this post today by sharing an extended excerpt of his comments: […]

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Boston 5th Graders to Trader Joe’s: You “might have snazzy Hawaiian shirts and tasty snacks…”

… but your refusal to support the Fair Food Program “is neither stylish nor appetizing!” Boston’s Workmen’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture & Social Justice is a great place. We just can’t say it any other way. The people there are great and they raise great kids. Founded in 1900 by Jewish sweatshop workers, the Workmen’s Circle was established by immigrants who, according to their website, faced “Poverty wages. Long hours. Hazardous conditions. No unemployment insurance, no health or disability benefits, no security.” So it’s hardly a surprise that, for the past two years, this “multigenerational community… where Jewish identity […]

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 Fair Food protests bring International Human Rights Day home to Florida, Publix!

150 in Miami, 100 in Naples pressure Publix to protect farmworker rights in its tomato supply chain Carrying a hand-written scroll calling on Publix to “honor and guarantee the fundamental human rights of farmworkers which have been violated and ignored far too long,” 150 farmworkers and Fair Food activists descended on a newly-opened Publix store in Miami yesterday to press their demands for ethical purchasing practices from the Florida grocery giant. The same store had been the subject of a pray-in by local South Florida religious leaders earlier last week. The 8-ft long scroll, entitled “The Fair Food Code of Conduct: A Declaration […]

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Human Rights Day Publix Protest Miami, FL December 11, 2011

Human Rights Day Publix Protest Miami, FL December 11, 2011

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Human Rights Day 2011 is Fair Food Day in Miami, Naples!

Protests scheduled for Publix stores on both Florida coasts this weekend…

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Interfaith pray-in greets shoppers at Publix Grand Opening in Miami!

Since the first pray-in at Publix back in August of this year, clergy have returned several times to the produce aisles to protest, through prayer, Publix’s refusal to support the CIW’s groundbreaking Fair Food Program. Yesterday, at the grand opening of the new Publix store in Miami — the same store where people will gather for a protest on Sunday in commemoration of International Human Rights Day — an interfaith group of clergy met to express their frustration with Florida’s supermarket giant because, in their words, “Publix has been refusing to dialogue, so all that’s left is for us to pray.” Four religious leaders […]

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“Groupthink Isn’t Sustainable”

Final installment in 3-part essay on Trader Joe’s, Publix puts supermarkets’ stubborn resistance to Campaign for Fair Food under the microscope… “Dear Joe” letters keep coming… Some of you may remember an article we posted here about two weeks ago by Ted Coine, a widely-followed author and commentator in the world of business leadership and corporate social responsibility. The article, entitled ““Doing the Right Thing Pays: Sustainable Leadership Series”, took a close look at why companies like Trader Joe’s and Publix, despite their reputations as ethical businesses, take such a stubborn stand against a widely-accepted and respected initiative like the […]

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Citizen journalists examine the Campaign for Fair Food…

Articles in the Gainesville (FL) Iguana and Chicago’s Oakpark.com reflect growing grassroots conversation around Fair Food! In communities around the country, Fair Food activists have organized pickets, marches, and all kinds of creative actions to call on supermarket giants to support human rights for Florida farmworkers. But recently, more and more Fair Food activists are becoming citizen journalists to make their voices heard in ever wider circles. Two examples from this past week alone give a good idea of how individuals inspired by the Campaign for Fair Food are reaching out to people in their own communities to share that […]

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 Thanksgiving leftovers…

Even the Publix salt-shaker Pilgrim finds the hypocrisy of the company’s advertising copy for its store label Fair Trade coffee too much to stomach, adding her voice to the Campaign for Fair Food to demand fair wages and working conditions for the farmworkers who pick Florida tomatoes, too. Our annual harvest celebration has come and gone, and the nation’s supermarket giants — with the notable exception of Whole Foods — remain stubbornly opposed to the CIW’s Fair Food Program and the higher labor standards it would establish for the farmworkers who pick their tomatoes. But outside the executive offices and […]

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