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PHOTO REPORT: The Fair Food movement takes Austin stage by storm during Together Live Tour!

Standing ovation greets CIW’s Lupe Gonzalo on the Bass Concert Hall Stage in the Lone Star State…Today, we bring you a quick photo update from the Together Live Tour, the whirlwind event headlined by Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, Luvvie Ajayi, and other inspiring speakers — including the CIW’s own Lupe Gonzalo — that is inspiring and mobilizing thousands of women from coast to coast.Last week, as farmworkers in Vermont were signing a groundbreaking agreement with Ben & Jerry’s to bring human rights to Vermont’s dairy industry, the Together team arrived in Austin, Texas.  The star-filled line up packed all three levels of […]

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“It’s a new day in dairy”: Migrant Justice, Ben & Jerry’s sign agreement to launch Milk with Dignity Program in Vermont dairy industry!

New York Times: “Ben & Jerry’s signs a landmark agreement today to beef up the rights of often exploited dairy workers in VT”…Migrant Justice’s Enrique Balcazar on agreement: “This is what we are calling a new day in dairy!”In breaking news out of Vermont’s iconic dairy industry, ice cream giant Ben & Jerry’s and the dairy workers’ organization Migrant Justice signed today — after more than two long years of negotiation — an historic agreement to implement Migrant Justice’s Milk with Dignity Program in Ben & Jerry’s dairy supply chain.We quote here directly from Migrant Justice’s website for more on this groundbreaking […]

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Thousands join CIW for launch of #FairFoodSisters Campaign in San José, Phoenix during Together Live Tour!

California and Arizona give CIW’s Lupe Gonzalo standing ovation following moving on-stage interview with U.S. Women’s Soccer gold-medalist Abby Wambach…Last week, CIW’s Lupe Gonzalo took to the stage at two of the country’s historic theaters alongside an impressive lineup of New York Times bestselling authors, Olympic athletes, and other human rights heroes in San José, CA and Phoenix, AZ during the second annual Together Live Tour!  The star-studded group appeared at the City National Civic in the capital of Silicon Valley first, and then the beautiful Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix two nights later.With the theme of “love stories” at the […]

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ACTION ALERT: “Wendy’s, You’re Failing Farmworker Women” National Week of Action, Oct. 21-28!

Students step up to the plate, fight side-by-side with farmworker women to end sexual violence in Wendy’s supply chain!Right up until the final days of last spring semester, Wendy’s unconscionable decision to shift its tomato purchases to Mexico rather than participate in the Fair Food Program had students across the country up in arms.  Between the historic rolling Fast for Farmworker Justice and the colorful marches on campuses and in the streets during the Return to Human Rights Tour, students and young people built a forceful wave of protest in support of the Wendy’s Boycott — and they were just getting started.This morning, following the major announcement earlier […]

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BREAKING: CIW to join Abby Wambach, Glennon Doyle on national Together Live Tour!

NEXT WEEK:  CIW takes the Fair Food message on the road to eight major U.S. cities, launches Fair Food Sisters campaign… Back in early July, when New York Times bestselling author Glennon Doyle and U.S. Women’s Soccer superstar Abby Wambach came to visit the CIW in Immokalee, the beginnings of a powerful new partnership — and friendship — were forged.  Indeed, in the months since then, Abby and Glennon have brought their strategic insight, unshakeable determination, and hard-earned celebrity to the Fair Food movement and the fight to bring respect and dignity to the country’s fields.Today, we are thrilled to announce the first of what will surely […]

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Forgotten farmworker towns receiving help following Irma thanks to CIW’s expanded relief efforts…

While much of the media coverage of Hurricane Irma’s fury has focused on Florida’s large coastal cities, Florida’s poorer, mostly agricultural, inland communities were among the hardest hit, and the slowest to recover, following last Sunday’s massive storm.  Last week we brought you news of Irma’s impact in Immokalee.  Today, we are happy to report that — thanks to the tremendous generosity of people across the state and across the country — we have been able to stabilize the Immokalee community’s immediate needs through a remarkable collaboration among the CIW and several other local and national organizations.  CIW members and volunteers worked […]

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Hurricane Irma downs trees, homes, and power lines in Immokalee, LaBelle, and surrounding farmworker communities, but spares lives and leaves spirits strong…

Massive hurricane shifts course after making landfall in SW Florida, heads straight for Immokalee and other farmworker communities in interior of state…The most powerful hurricane in the history of the Atlantic made its way onto the mainland of Florida this past Sunday afternoon and evening, with winds up to 130 mph and soaking, pounding rains.  Though Hurricane Irma had been downgraded to a Category 2 storm by the time it reached Immokalee, the already impoverished farmworker community — and several others north of Immokalee, including Florida’s citrus capital, LaBelle — saw some of the worst of the storm, as the […]

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Breaking: New Worker-driven Social Responsibility Network launches website!

Big news from the Worker-driven Social Responsibility front: New network of worker organizations and human rights groups dedicated to spreading WSR model launches communication work with beautiful new website…The nascent Worker-driven Social Responsibility Network announced this morning the launch of its new website dedicated to serving “as a resource clearinghouse for the expanding field” of worker-centered, enforcement-focused social responsibility that is generating unprecedented results protecting workers’ fundamental human rights both here in this country’s fields and in the apparel factories of Bangladesh. We will have more on this exciting development in the days to come (at the moment, it’s all hands on deck in […]

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Breaking news from the WSR front: Students’ anti-sweatshop campaign victory ensures real human rights protections for apparel factory workers!

USAS activists at Georgetown U. and other campuses compel Nike to sign contract opening factories to independent watchdog;Georgetown President DeGioia: Agreement with Nike “represents… important new framework for collaboration to protect workers’ rights around the world”;Landmark victory provides Worker Rights Consortium access to factories supplying Nike to ensure compliance with GU’s binding code of conduct, marks another great step forward for Worker-driven Social Responsibility in ongoing battle to replace failed corporate-led model…Here are the details of this breaking news out of Georgetown University, straight from the pages of The Hoya, GU’s student newspaper:AUGUST 30, 2017BY IAN SCOVILLEHOYA STAFF WRITERUniversity, Nike Reach Agreement Ensuring Factory AccessJEANINE […]

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Dean of Pardee RAND Graduate School, Susan Marquis: “The Fair Food Program is distinctly effective at bringing about fundamental change”…

 Marquis: “After extensively researching the Fair Food Program I’ve concluded it is uniquely comprehensive and, therefore, distinctly effective at bringing about fundamental change.”Hot on the heels of a remarkable new article published in the Sept/Oct issue of the Harvard Business Review (which cited the Fair Food Program as one of “the most important social impact success stories of the past century”) comes a new article this week from the Dean of Pardee RAND Graduate School, Susan Marquis, calling the FFP “uniquely comprehensive, and therefore, distinctly effective at bringing about fundamental change.”The article, entitled “Campaign for Fair Food makes a real difference,” was […]

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