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CIW joins with Southwest Florida allies in march, vigil for unity…

100+ faith leaders, farmworkers, community members in Naples call for end to division, hate…Over the weekend, the CIW was proud to stand with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples, the SWFL Justice for All Coalition, Collier Freedom, and many other local organizations and individuals in an emotional vigil against hatred and bigotry, joining tens of thousands of people in cities and towns across the country who took to the streets in support of unity and human rights.  Today, we bring you a brief photo report from the beautiful vigil and mile-long march through downtown Naples to the Gulf of Mexico.Over a hundred community members […]

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Central Labor Council of Nashville, TN, endorses Wendy’s Boycott! Also, a must-see video from Charlottesville…

Labor leaders join their voices to student, faith, and community support for growing boycott;Must-see video: A remarkable documentary short from the events in Charlottesville casts a stark light on a disturbing reality some seem intent to obscure…The Fair Food Nation received some very heartening news earlier this month when the AFL-CIO Central Labor Council of Nashville, Tennessee, voted to endorse the Wendy’s Boycott until Wendy’s joins the Fair Food Program!  Among the resolutions passed today at @tnaflcio Convention was one to #BoycottWendys til they sign Fair Food Agreement! @ciw @sfalliance— Central Labor Counci (@NashvilleCLC) August 7, 2017Resolutions like this one were a key plank in […]

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The arc of the moral universe isn’t supposed to bend like this…

Two presidents, two responses to acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists…It is worth remembering this: … when considering this: This is not who we are.  We are the nation of Frederick Douglass and the abolitionist movement; of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the movement for women’s suffrage; of over 1 million men and women who gave their lives in the fight against fascism and genocide in World War II; of James Baldwin, Dr. King, and Fannie Lou Hamer, Adam Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner of the civil rights movement.  That is the nation we are and will remain long after we have […]

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María José Fletcher, longtime CIW partner in fight against human trafficking and gender-based violence, recognized by U2’s Bono and the ONE Campaign!

María José Fletcher, a human rights attorney and co-founder of Miami-based VIDA Legal Assistance — a longtime CIW partner dedicated to helping survivors of violence, with a particular focus on immigrants and women — was shocked to learn this past June that she had been selected for recognition by U2’s lead singer Bono and his ONE Campaign.  In speaking to the Miami Herald in a recent article about her recognition, María José was typically self-effacing:“Seeing my face among all these other amazing women, who are my role models, I was very humbled,” Fletcher told the Miami Herald. “I didn’t feel that I should have been there. I […]

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Wendy’s Boycott heats up as 120+ farmworkers, allies take to the streets in Orlando for a spirited summer protest!

CIW’s Cruz Salucio:  Wendy’s “cannot run away from farmworkers’ human rights…”This past Sunday, even the sweltering, 100-degree heat of a late summer day in Orlando could not suppress the contagious energy of over 120 protesters who packed the sidewalk outside a Wendy’s restaurant for a festive afternoon picket.  Seventy farmworkers and their families, many just starting to return to Immokalee after a summer season up north, rolled up in a nine-car caravan from Immokalee to the highly-trafficked Wendy’s to find a massive coalition of local organizations supporting the Wendy’s Boycott locally, including members of the Youth and Young Adult (YAYA) Network of the National Farmworker Ministry, the […]

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Faith leaders reflect on the meaning of fasting for farmworker justice…

Author and pastor Brian McLaren: “My fast is a small act. But it strengthens my resolve to keep working and speaking out every day for the just, generous, and joyful world God desires for all of us – including my neighbors who are working hard in the fields even now. I hope you’ll join me.”Just last weekend, dozens of faith leaders across Florida ended their monthlong rolling fast for farmworker justice.  In addition to the beautiful sermons shared at last Sunday’s closing service — and the spirited Wendy’s picket that followed the service — faith leaders composed powerful reflections on their […]

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“Make us hungry for justice!”

150 Farmworkers and people of faith gather in Naples to celebrate the breaking of a month-long rolling fast by Florida faith leaders, follow service with action at nearby Wendy’s…This past Sunday — nearly twenty years after the late Bishop John Nevins of the Diocese of Venice administered the host to six farmworkers from the CIW as they broke their historic month-long fast in an unforgettable service in Naples — 150 farmworkers and people of faith from around Southwest Florida gathered to break a thirty-day rolling fast undertaken by nearly 40 Florida religious leaders throughout the month of July.  The Interfaith […]

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CIW speaks at OSCE conference in Moscow on stopping human trafficking…

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) holds first-ever international conference on public private partnerships fighting human trafficking in collaboration with Russian Federation, identifies Worker-driven Social Responsibility as promising new prevention method in fight against human trafficking…Last September, CIW representatives were asked to speak on the Fair Food Program and the CIW’s anti-slavery efforts at the OSCE’s Conference on Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation in Supply Chains in Berlin.  The conference was described as a “high-level event… part of the OSCE’s ongoing effort to raise awareness about the problem of labour exploitation in supply chains and to advocate for increased actions at the […]

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NEW VIDEO: CNN posts bonus video on CIW’s Modern-day Slavery Museum…

Just last month, the CNN Freedom Project — an award-winning, cutting edge investigative team of journalists who produce remarkable stories on modern-day slavery worldwide, run by CNN International — published three excellent videos on the CIW.  The first was a powerful report on the Fair Food Program and its deep, daily impact on workers’ lives, with a particular focus on its record of ending violence against women in the fields; the second, an essay on the Campaign for Fair Food and the Wendy’s Boycott; and the third, a video on the CIW’s award-winning Anti-Slavery Program.  Then, just over a week ago, the CNN team released a fourth excellent short film […]

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Extra, extra! Student/Farmworker Alliance Encuentro gathering in Immokalee set for September 7-10…

This fall, scores of students, youth to descend on Immokalee for weekend of strategy in Wendy’s Boycott!For more than a decade, the Student/Farmworker Alliance, a nationwide network of hundreds of students and youth, has harnessed the action and energy of young people to provide unwavering dedication to farmworkers’ basic human rights.  And yet, it seems that when it comes to the Wendy’s Boycott, young people are just getting started.  With plans already underway to ramp up the Boot the Braids Campaign on campuses across the country, this fall promises to build on the powerful momentum generated this past spring.There is no moment that more perfectly captures that […]

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