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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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As rolling student fast enters second month, Vanderbilt students answer the call loud and clear!

Like Tampa area fast, Vanderbilt action snowballs, doubles within days of launch and catches the attention of University administration, local media…Following yesterday’s exciting news of the series of 3-day fasts rolling through university campuses in the Tampa Bay region — and of the critical call to action from students at OSU — we have yet another inspiring update today, this time from the parallel student action taking place in Nashville at Vanderbilt University!  But first… A call to action to support OSU student leaders!Quickly, before we jump into the action in Tennessee, we want to remind everyone that makes up the vast Fair […]

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PHOTO REPORT: Nationwide student fast keeps rolling!

New College, Valencia College students break five-day fast, vow to continue the Campaign:  “This University will continue to fight for the rights of farmworkers, and for all human rights”…Students at Vanderbilt, University of Tampa, Eckerd College and University of South Florida take up the torch as national rolling student fast for farmworker justice continues!After five long days of fasting — an act that inspired more than 80 of their fellow New College students, as well as college President Donal O’Shea, to fast alongside them — five students from New College of Florida and Valencia College broke bread with farmworkers from Immokalee on Good Friday following a picket […]

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“Keep your word! Cut the contract with Wendy’s!” OSU students take demands to Board of Trustees meeting!

PLUS: Students at New College of Florida begin five-day fast in solidarity with OSU’s Boot the Braids campaign!Last month, farmworkers from Immokalee and hundreds of allies converged on Columbus, Ohio, for a major mobilization and parade at the peak of the Return to Human Rights Tour, just as 19 students and alumni of OSU broke a 7-day fast for farmworker justice:But although the fast ended that day, students at OSU — and across the country — were in fact just getting started.  Just a day after last week’s reflection on this website on the relationship between Ohio State University and the Wendy’s Corporation, OSU’s President Michael Drake […]

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Hot off the press! The full media round-up from the Return to Human Rights Tour is here…

Ohio State student fasters: “With this fast, we wanted to send the signal loud and clear [to Wendy’s] that as consumers, we care about where our food comes from…”Hitting 14 cities in 14 days, and featuring a week-long fast by 19 courageous students and alumni at Ohio State University, the Return to Human Rights Tour undoubtedly established the high-water mark in the year-old Wendy’s Boycott.  For one frenetic fortnight in March, thousands of consumers in state after state — from student fasters and local labor leaders to determined clergy and consumers of conscience of every stripe — joined forces with the tour crew and amplified the CIW’s message to Wendy’s: […]

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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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