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A Year to Dine with Dignity: May 2009 – August 2010

Et tu, Kroger?

June 26, 2010 Country’s largest grocery store chain still purchasing from grower tainted by latest slavery prosecution (right); Rejects partnership with CIW, tells shareholders “we can make more progress… working directly with the growers than we can by working with a third party“… Wow. It must be something about the supermarket industry that makes saying patently ludicrous things seem perfectly reasonable. First, it was Publix, which justified its decision to continue purchasing tomatoes from growers found to have employed slave labor by admitting that it bought the tainted tomatoes but did so at a “fair market price.” Good as that […]

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The Tour may be over, but the action never stops!

And so it is fitting that when the Rev. Clay Thomas, associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, Florida, and Jordan Buckley of Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida launched a call for a “fast of justice” this Lenten season in the pages of the Sojourners blog, they quoted Isaiah:

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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of the General Assembly 100 Witherspoon St. ~ Louisville, KY ~ 40202

Commendation of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange on their Historic Fair Food Agreement

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On the Occasion of the Groundbreaking Agreement between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Pacific Tomato Growers

Today we celebrate the groundbreaking agreement between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Pacific Tomato Growers. We are grateful to witness this display of social responsibility. This agreement will bring about basic rights for farmworkers. We hope and pray that the spirit of collaboration exhibited by the CIW and Pacific Tomato Growers leads the way to a future in which farmworkers and farmers work together with respect for the dignity of all persons whose labor makes possible our nation’s food.

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Modern-Day Slavery Museum Northeast Tour Final Stop, Compass Group Headquarters Charlotte, NC 8/16/10

On the final stop of the 2010 Northeast Tour, the CIW’s Modern-Day Slavery Museum set up shop on some prime real estate — in the parking lot of foodservice giant Compass Group’s corporate headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. While the idea of a farmworker organization joining forces with a major food retail corporation to fight slavery and poverty in the fields might seem unusual — and, indeed, the Compass stop caught the attention of several members of the local media — it was not the first time Compass has demonstrated its commitment to the Fair Food agreement it signed just […]

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Slavery Museum wraps up Northeast Tour!

Final stop at Compass Group headquarters in Charlotte, NC, perfect ending to a great tour; See the links to reports from all the stops below…

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Traitor Joes?

Traitor Joes?… Massive rally outside Trader Joes location in NYC (right) sends Fair Food message loud and clear to natural food giant! PLUS: What they’re saying about the Sodexo agreement!… Just Harvest USA is an exciting new organization working within the growing food justice movement with a particular focus on farm labor justice. According to the Just Harvest website, their mission is “to build a more just and sustainable food system with a focus on establishing fair wages, humane working conditions and fundamental rights for farmworkers.” Last week, while we were covering the museum tour and the big Sodexo agreement, […]

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Sodexo and Coalition of Immokalee Workers Sign Fair Food Agreement

Foodservice leader, farm worker organization form strategic partnership to improve wages, working conditions in Florida tomato fields.

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Sodexo signs Fair Food agreement with CIW!

Big Three foodservice industry leaders now squarely behind growing movement for Fair Food!… Saying, “Sodexo is committed to protecting and upholding the rights of all workers, whether employed directly by us or by our business partners and suppliers,” Arlin Wasserman, Sodexo vice president for sustainability and corporate social responsibility, announced today that his company has signed an agreement to work with the CIW to improve wages and working conditions in the fields of its Florida tomato suppliers. Speaking on behalf of the CIW, Lucas Benitez added: “We are happy to be working with an industry leader like Sodexo to advance […]

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Modern-Day Slavery Museum barnstorms New England!

  The Modern-Dady Slavery Museum was featured on Democracy Now! on August 11th. Check out the photo report from Days Twelve & Thirteen plus the media round-up! Following last week’s exciting Ahold actions, the Northeast Tour crew continued to raise awareness about farmworker exploitation in the supermarket industry’s tomato supply chain with four New England stops in just two days! Click here to see the photo report from Days Twelve & Thirteen in New England! Meanwhile, in addition to the Democracy Now story, media coverage of the Modern-Day Slavery Museum continues to pour in. Here’s a quick round-up: Gay City […]

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