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TODAY: Vermont dairy workers, consumer allies march on Ben & Jerry’s factory!

Marchers will deliver powerful letter from national human rights organizations including ACLU, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Columbia University Law School Human Rights Clinic, and Human Rights Watch, calling on Ben & Jerry’s to sign Milk with Dignity agreement without further delay!Show YOUR support for Vermont’s Migrant Justice by joining the photo petition on social media today!As dawn broke this morning, dairy workers from Vermont — accompanied by their families, local consumer allies, and human rights leaders from across the country, including the CIW’s Lucas Benitez — kicked off a 13-mile march from the Vermont State House in Burlington to the iconic […]

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Wendy’s Board Chairman and billionaire investor Nelson Peltz to rabbis: “I have plenty of rabbis in my life…”

Rabbis to Peltz: “Mr. Peltz had better prepare himself to have more and more rabbis in his life.”T’ruah:  “Each day that you continue to turn your back on farmworkers, and on our shared Jewish commitments to liberation from slavery, fair wages, and dignified working conditions, more and more rabbis will call on you — and Wendy’s — to forswear exploitation and support human rights…”“… The first principle enshrined in the opening chapter of the Torah teaches us that every human being is created b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God; therefore each person deserves to be treated with equal and […]

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REMINDER: Join the mobilization for the Wendy’s Shareholder Meeting next week!

As farmworkers and allies hit the road for next week’s Wendy’s Shareholder meeting, we need YOU to keep the pressure up on the fast-food holdout!Next Tuesday, May 23rd, Wendy’s Corporation will hold its annual shareholder meeting in Columbus, Ohio.  It is the moment when shareholders from across the United States huddle with the company’s leadership to hear the latest updates on how the fast-food giant is faring.  No doubt, Wendy’s executives will trot out what they consider to be their prize accomplishments from the past year: putting the final touches on the company’s freshly-modernized brand makeover, standing out in a crowded social media landscape, […]

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ACTION ALERT! The Wendy’s shareholder meeting is just days away and the Fair Food Nation needs your help!…

Call-ins, postcards, protests… We need YOU to join farmworkers and fellow allies in mobilizing for the Wendy’s Shareholder meeting on May 23rd!In just a few weeks, Wendy’s will hold its annual shareholder meeting at the company’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio on May 23rd.  And for the fourth year running, Wendy’s executives and shareholders will be forced to confront the urgent, moral question posed by farmworkers and consumers of conscience: How much longer will the fast-food giant remain on the wrong side of history when it comes to social responsibility in its supply chain?  Ever since the launch of the Wendy’s campaign in 2013, tomato pickers from […]

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Florida United Methodist Church Bishop Kenneth Carter, cabinet members visit Immokalee, meet with CIW, Fair Food Program grower!

On Monday, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. and the cabinet of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church kicked off a two-day tour of the Conference’s missional areas across the state of Florida.  And where did this estimable team of Methodist Church leaders choose to launch their tour?  Right here in the CIW’s hometown of Immokalee, birthplace of the Fair Food movement!  With a delegation including all nine district superintendents charged with leading nearly 700 congregations throughout the state, the visitors represented the tens of thousands of Florida Methodists who, throughout the long history of the Campaign for Fair Food, have put their […]

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“If they did it, shouldn’t everyone?…”

You’re More Powerful Than You Think by Eric Liu⎢Book Trailer from Citizen Film. CIW, Campaign for Fair Food celebrated in prologue of new book on democratic participation and organizing for social justice!Success of workers in Immokalee proof that, “You’re more powerful than you think”…Eric Liu, the author of a new book on how to make your voice heard in the decisions that affect your life, titled “You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen,” needed a story for his prologue that would capture his message that profound social change is possible no matter what your circumstances.  So he […]

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“We are tired of hate, so we march”…

PHOTO REPORT:  Immokalee community takes to the streets as part of national mobilization for immigrant rights!Nearly 250 workers and allies call for dignity and justice with colorful march through the heart of Immokalee. In conjunction with immigrant communities in over 300 cities nationwide, Immokalee residents took to the streets on Monday to celebrate May 1st, giving the traditional celebration of labor a distinctly immigrant rights twist this year!  From Washington, DC, to Portland, Oregon, hundreds of thousands of people joined in marches, rallies, teach-ins, and vigils highlighting the myriad, essential contributions of immigrant workers to our nation’s economic, social, and cultural life.  They did so to […]

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“We are called to honor human dignity for all, to honor the dignity of work…”

Dozens of students from Catholic universities join rolling student fast, call on Ohio State University President Michael Drake to keep his word to OSU students and help protect farmworkers’ fundamental human rights!Just as Vanderbilt students broke their 7-day fast earlier this week, dozens of students from four Catholic universities — John Carroll University, Barry University, Georgetown University, and the University of Notre Dame — picked up the torch and organized a series of consecutive 48-hour fasts to carry the national protest action through the weekend.  By bringing the rolling student fast to the hallowed halls of these highly-respected religious institutions, these students […]

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“Justice delayed is justice denied!” Students at OSU, Vanderbilt march on administration offices to press for resolution in fight to cut Wendy’s contracts…

“Food without justice is no food at all”…  Vanderbilt students (above) break 7-day fast, deliver 600 petition signatures and one powerful message to Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos;Ohio State students march through campus to President Michael Drake’s doorstep!  Yesterday, for thousands of students at Ohio State University in Columbus and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, the semester ended with a bang, not to mention an unforgettable lesson in human rights and food justice!After years of building widespread support for the Wendy’s Boycott at their universities (both of which hold contracts with Wendy’s), and years of being sidestepped by university administrators, student leaders at OSU and […]

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Roll on! University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, John Carroll University to join national student fast…

Students at several of country’s largest Catholic universities unite to announce series of rolling 48-hour fasts throughout this week! PLUS:  Read the reflections of Vanderbilt, Tampa Bay, Ohio State students as they come together with CIW members to discuss the groundbreaking fast for farmworker justice…It’s going to be another big week of news from the student organizing front this week, as a growing wave of student activism in support of the Wendy’s Boycott — set in motion by the weeklong student fast on the campus of Ohio State University last month — continues to roll out to universities across the nation.Today, we bring you breaking news from the campuses of three of the country’s […]

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