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Wendy’s Boycott actions heat up as Month of Outrage winds down!

The Month of Outrage in the nascent Wendy’s Boycott is a wrap.  For the entire month of April, farmworkers and countless consumer allies led pickets outside Wendy’s restaurants, collected pledges to join the Wendy’s boycott, and wrote biting op/eds in their school and local newspapers calling the fast-food giant out for running from real social responsibility in Florida and taking its tomato purchases to Mexico, where human rights violations are endemic and go virtually unchecked.  But in keeping with the spirit of indignation that prompted the call for a full month of protests, the response of Fair Food activists around the country was […]

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National boycott of Wendy’s spreads westward during Month of Outrage…

“We will not hold back, and we will continue raising our voices until we are heard and the rights of workers are respected…”From Day One of the Month of Outrage, Wendy’s has been inundated with a flood of actions, articles and op/eds from the Fair Food Nation, every protest and every story laying the foundation for the growing national boycott of the fast food chain.  Today, we bring you three more highlights of this exciting first month of the boycott, this time from the states of Texas, California and Michigan.First up: the Midwest.  Students at the University of Michigan — a key […]

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Ahead of Passover, Jewish community turns spotlight on Wendy’s for turning its back on human rights!

“We must not ignore workers’ quest for dignity, rights and freedom…”Today, across the country and around the world, Jewish communities begin the celebration of Passover, an important moment each year to reflect on the passage from slavery to freedom, both millennia ago and today.  In the Fair Food Nation, the traditional items of the Seder that ground these reflections — among others, bitter herbs (symbolizing the bitterness of slavery) and salt water (tears shed during enslavement) — have in recent years been joined by a tomato, symbolizing farmworkers’ path to freedom in the fields today through the Fair Food Program.This year, Passover falls within […]

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Sarasota Herald Tribune: “Farmworkers’ coalition has transformed Florida fields…”

Florida release of Fair Food Program annual report highlights key mechanisms for enforcement, impact of FFP…The Fair Food Program Annual Report — which has been making the rounds among worker organizations, academics, and the media ever since its official New York release back in February — was the centerpiece of a lively community and media event in Sarasota, Florida, late last week.  Why Sarasota?  The fine city by the sea on Florida’s gulf coast happens to be home to the Fair Food Program’s dedicated monitoring organization, the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC).  And amidst the hustle and bustle of the final farm audits and worker-to-worker education sessions […]

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Students turn to college newspapers to turn up the heat on Wendy’s during Month of Outrage…

“I will not be spending any money or allowing friends or colleagues to spend money on a company that is benefiting from the exploitation of farmworkers…”After Florida farmworkers and their Southwest Florida allies took to the streets of Naples last week with a lively protest to kick off the Wendy’s Month of Outrage, students across the country have been taking to the pages of their school papers to send a powerful message of their own to Wendy’s this month.  In addition to the excellent op/ed we already shared from a Kenyon College student, two more student-authored articles came out just last week, giving voice to young people’s growing […]

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Fair Food Standards Council unearths forced labor case on Fair Food Program farm…

Two farm bosses indicted on charges of “conspiracy to provide and obtain forced labor” on Homestead area farm after FFSC takes findings to federal investigators.It is, we will acknowledge, unusual to discuss the Fair Food Standards Council’s findings on an individual farm on this website.  But then again, it is every bit as unusual for those findings to include zero tolerance violations.  In fact, this is the first case of a zero tolerance violation in the five-year history of the Fair Food Program, and as such it merits discussion, to the extent we can do so given the ongoing criminal […]

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CIW, Florida allies kick off “Month of Outrage” in Naples!

“We invite all the people who believe in justice to join this month of action against Wendy’s…” Yesterday, four vans of farmworkers and their families, along with many longtime local allies, were greeted by a beautiful spring day in Naples, Florida, to launch the Month of Outrage in the Wendy’s Boycott!  Although allies and CIW members alike carried the characteristic buoyant Fair Food spirit throughout the hour-long picket — with the joyful reuniting of members of the Workers’ Voice Tour and the greeting of old friends from Immokalee’s neighboring Naples — the protesters’ sentiments toward Wendy’s had a distinctly frustrated edge.For the first […]

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“Wendy’s has lost my respect as well as my patronage…”

Kenyon College student takes to op/ed pages of campus journal to slam Wendy’s for failing to “treat our fellow human beings with dignity”… Every year, the Fair Food Nation’s student calendar is marked by two equally important and compelling rites of spring — Spring Break, and the CIW’s annual spring action.  On some college calendars, the two events fall on different weeks.  In those cases, countless students have taken advantage of the time off from studies over the years to travel to Immokalee on alternative Spring Breaks and learn about farm labor justice from workers in the town where the Fair Food […]

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April declared “Month of Outrage” in national Wendy’s Boycott!

Outrage over explosive Harper’s article connecting Wendy’s to infamous Mexican tomato supplier prompts farmworkers, consumers to call for month of action to kick off national boycott…Just a few short weeks ago, over 100 farmworkers from Immokalee — joined by 400+ consumers from across the state of Florida — wrapped up the Workers’ Voice Tour in Palm Beach, Florida, with an unforgettable march through the heart of the exclusive island community.  With one voice they declared to all that would hear: Boycott Wendy’s!The workers and their consumer allies declared the national boycott for three principal reasons:1) Wendy’s is profiting from farmworker […]

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Final media round-up from Workers’ Voice Tour! News of Wendy’s boycott spreads far and wide…

From New York to Florida, media coverage of Workers’ Voice Tour builds pressure on Wendy’s, billionaire chairman Nelson Peltz, to join Fair Food Program…Even as the chants for farmworker justice echoed off the bougainvillea-covered walls of Worth Ave in Palm Beach a few short weeks ago, the workers’ call for a national boycott of the fast-food giant Wendy’s was being heard in towns and cities across the country, thanks to an unprecedented level of media coverage at both the local and national levels.  The flood of coverage was topped off with last week’s explosive bit of investigative journalism from Harper’s Magazine, an article entitled […]

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