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VIDEO: The Return to Human Rights Tour returns to Florida and a huge final march and rally at Tampa Wendy’s, Publix!

Farmworkers, students, religious leaders, union members and everyday consumers let Wendy’s, Publix know that the fight for Fair Food only grows stronger the longer they hold out…Yesterday, in the final action of the 14-day, 14-city Return to Human Rights Tour, nearly 300 Floridians converged in Tampa, Florida, to welcome the Coalition of Immokalee Workers home with a massive rally and march from the Publix Greenwise store on Azeele St. to the highly-trafficked Wendy’s restaurant on Kennedy Blvd.  The video above gives you a brief window into what was a truly joyful, vibrant celebration of human rights and the Fair Food movement.And there is still much […]

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VIDEO: Hundreds flood Columbus for Parade for Human Rights!

Parade for Human Rights floods the streets of Columbus, Ohio! from Coalition of Immokalee Workers.Fresh off the editing rack, here is a video from yesterday’s Parade for Human Rights in Columbus, Ohio!  Stay tuned tomorrow for the full report and analysis from the major mobilization of the Return to Human Rights Tour… 

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“Here we are in Columbus, Ohio, which puts all of us at ground zero for farmworker justice…”

OSU fast enters Day Six as administration’s continued stalling on decision to cut Wendy’s contract leaves student fasters unsatisfied;  Farmworkers from Immokalee, national allies, and OSU students unite in stunning vigil, protest outside Wendy’s corporate headquarters as Return to Human Rights Tour arrives in Columbus!From dawn to dusk, Friday was a momentous day for the Wendy’s Boycott and the national struggle for farm labor justice.In the morning, as Day Five of their fast for farmworker justice dawned on their encampment outside OSU’s administration building, 19 student fasters, along with a team of farmworkers from the CIW based in Columbus for […]

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Media round-up! From Columbus to Tampa, talk of Wendy’s Boycott spreading like wildfire…

… But before we get to the links, first we need your help with a snap action to support OSU student fasters:  Sign and share Student/Farmwoker Alliance’s petition for OSU President Drake this morning!Between the Return to Human Rights Tour’s fast-paced progress through the South and Midwest, and the weeklong fast for farmworker justice of 19 students at the Ohio State University, the spotlight of local press has been closely tracking the Fair Food movement!Today, we want to bring you a quick round-up of the latest coverage of the tour — documenting both some of the action from this past week, and also what’s […]

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National religious leaders stand with the OSU fasters: “The student fast taking place at OSU is an inspiring act of solidarity…”

Declarations of support for student fasters at OSU flood in as fast enters Day 4: National Farm Worker Ministry, T’ruah, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee send blistering statements to Wendy’s, OSU administration;CIW welcomed back to Chicago on Return to Human Rights Tour!We begin with an update on the progress of the 19 courageous OSU student fasters, who today cross the halfway mark of their weeklong fast calling on the university to cut its contract with Wendy’s unless the fast food giant joins the Fair Food Program.On Wednesday, the fasters woke up to a significant drop in temperatures, making life in their encampment outside OSU’s Bricker Hall still more […]

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OSU student fast enters Day 3: “Our bellies are empty, but our hearts are full!”

“We’re fasting in solidarity with workers for a better world”…OSU Student fast builds power in Columbus;  Return to Human Rights Tour hits Madison, Wisconsin!Today, we bring you exciting updates from two fronts in the growing Wendy’s Boycott:  First, the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, the focal point of the national Boot the Braids campaign as the student-led fast there enters Day 3; and second, Madison, Wisconsin, the sixth stop on the Return to Human Rights Tour, which is set to converge with the student fast in just a few short days when the Immokalee crew reaches Ohio this weekend.Columbus, OhioThis morning, […]

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“We are counting on support from communities nationwide to bring Wendy’s to the table and to bring justice to our workplaces…”

Return to Human Rights Tour passes 1,000 mile mark, connects with worker leaders across low-wage industries from Nashville to Minneapolis…What do whirlwind Tour visits to Nashville and Minneapolis have in common?  A warm welcome, fellow low-wage workers fighting hard to change the conditions in which they work, and a whole lot of Wendy’s Boycott spirit!  Following the tour’s inspiring stop in Atlanta, CIW members and allies headed northward for the weekend, first passing through the longtime Fair Food hub of Nashville and finally landing in the cold northern land of Minnesota.  Along the way, CIW members both drew inspiration from and offered their own insights to […]

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TODAY: 19 students from Ohio State University, community members from Columbus launch weeklong fast!

Student/Farmworker Alliance:  OSU students, Columbus community launch national call for solidarity as they begin weeklong fast to Boot the Braids!Earlier this month, we shared a breaking announcement of a major escalation in the Wendy’s Boycott:  Students from The Ohio State University and community members from across Columbus declared that they would launch a weeklong fast in the lead up to the Parade for Fair Food on March 26th.Today, those dedicated students and allies are launching their fast, and in so doing they are launching perhaps the most powerful action to date in the national Wendy’s boycott.  These 19 fasters will be bringing the demand for […]

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Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort: “I’m hungry for freedom! I’m hungry for justice! And I’m hungry for a Fair Food commitment from Wendy’s…”

Return to Human Rights Tour unites with social justice movements, past and present, in Atlanta, Georgia!Fresh off an exciting launch at the University of Florida in Gainesville, farmworkers from Immokalee and their allies arrived in Atlanta yesterday for Day 2 of the Return to Human Rights Tour.  After catching up on some much-needed rest at the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church on the outskirts of the historic city, the tour crew headed into the city proper to get ready for an evening rush hour action at Wendy’s.Before starting the protest, however, CIW members took the afternoon hours to tour Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, a powerful, […]

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And they’re off! The Return to Human Rights Tour hits the ground running in Gainesville…

“Wendy’s, prepare yourself:  Today, we begin this tour for human rights, because we are all human beings and we all deserve respect…”After many months of preparation and organizing, CIW members and a core group of allies set out from Immokalee yesterday before dawn on an unseasonably cool spring morning for the 14-city Return to Human Rights Tour!  Today, we bring you the first of the tour’s media reports, rounding up photo, video, and press highlights from the road so that — in the lead up to the Parade for Human Rights on March 26th in Columbus, where the Immokalee crew will join with students from OSU and Columbus […]

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