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Part Two: “We are not victims — we are not asking for charity, we are calling for justice!”

Farmworker Women to Wendy’s executives: “We want to work with dignity in the fields.”Last Sunday, farmworkers stood alongside religious leaders from across the city of Columbus, Wendy’s hometown, for a moving interfaith service at First Congregational United Church of Christ.  The next morning, it was time for action. With spirits buoyed by the support of the Columbus community, CIW members headed to Ohio State University carrying a beautiful quilt composed of patches stitched together and designed by Immokalee farmworkers.  The quilt gave voice to the workers’ experiences with sexual harassment and violence in the fields, to their thoughts on the extraordinary transformation brought about […]

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Part One: CIW Women’s Group Harvest without Violence Tour arrives in Columbus!

Farmworkers debut new Harvest without Violence Mobile Exhibit, join forces with religious leaders from across Columbus, ahead of protest at Wendy’s corporate headquarters…This past weekend, the CIW Women’s Group, accompanied by CIW members and allies, rolled into Columbus, Ohio, on the first of two Harvest without Violence Tours.  The ensuing days were a whirlwind of consumer education and action in support of the workers’ demand that Wendy’s take responsibility for — and help end — violence against farmworker women in its supply chain by joining the Fair Food Program.  The weekend’s jam-packed agenda included the debut of the new Harvest without Violence Mobile Exhibit, a moving […]

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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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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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BREAKING:  OSU students, Columbus community announce weeklong fast in lead up to Return to Human Rights Tour!

“We are fasting in solidarity with farmworkers who have had to go hungry while harvesting the food we all eat because of Wendy’s indifference to their exploitation…”Just this morning, members of Ohio Fair Food — including students at The Ohio State University as well as Columbus, Ohio, community leaders — announced that they will be launching a weeklong fast on March 20th, in a major escalation of the Wendy’s boycott.How did we get here?  Two years ago, students on the campus of The Ohio State University launched a campaign to “Boot the Braids,” holding their university accountable to its own purported commitment to real social […]

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The Grand Finale! Wendy’s protests from Miami to Chicago highlight final Behind the Braids tour, Weekend of Action…

Hundreds of farmworkers and Fair Food allies, new and old, let Wendy’s know nothing will deter the Fair Food Nation as the Wendy’s Boycott heads into the new season in high gear!Even as the country continues to adjust to the new political landscape — with each new headline from Washington more shocking than the last — the Fair Food Nation remains steadfast in its commitment to farm labor justice.   With one eye on the unfolding national picture and the other on the Fair Food prize, thousands of consumers across the country and farmworkers in Florida forged ahead this week with one powerful message:  All human beings […]

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“Boot the Braids!” rings out across campuses throughout the Midwest and Southeast! 

First round of Wendy’s Boycott tours wraps up with visits to four “Boot the Braids” campuses! Picking up where we left off in last week’s “Behind the Braids” Tours report, we bring you the latest news from the campaign trail (Campaign for Fair Food, that is, also known as the only campaign news you can proudly share with young children these days…).  This time around, even though the tours traced different geographic routes, they had one powerful theme in common:  The student-led movement to “boot” Wendy’s from college campuses until Wendy’s agrees to join the Fair Food Program! From 2001 to 2005, university students on […]

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COMING SOON: Seven major actions across the U.S. during Southeast, Midwest ‘Behind the Braids’ Tours!

Details come into focus for seven major actions during first Wendy’s Boycott tours of the fall season…Building on last week’s first-ever Wendy’s Boycott Summit in the heart of the Fair Food Nation, both farmworkers in Immokalee and their consumers allies are fanning back out across the country — animated by a full weekend of skill-building, action planning, and, of course, protesting — and pivoting to the next big thing on the horizon:  The Behind the Braids national Wendy’s Boycott tours!In early September, we announced the Behind the Braids tours and a final weekend of action in November, which will ramp up the Wendy’s Boycott […]

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Final media round-up from Workers’ Voice Tour! News of Wendy’s boycott spreads far and wide…

From New York to Florida, media coverage of Workers’ Voice Tour builds pressure on Wendy’s, billionaire chairman Nelson Peltz, to join Fair Food Program…Even as the chants for farmworker justice echoed off the bougainvillea-covered walls of Worth Ave in Palm Beach a few short weeks ago, the workers’ call for a national boycott of the fast-food giant Wendy’s was being heard in towns and cities across the country, thanks to an unprecedented level of media coverage at both the local and national levels.  The flood of coverage was topped off with last week’s explosive bit of investigative journalism from Harper’s Magazine, an article entitled […]

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“Tear down the wall!”…

[hupso title=”Tear down the wall! @DisciplesGA leaders march on @Wendy’s in Columbus, OH!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2015/07/tear-down-the-wall/”]Over 100 Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) leaders march on Wendy’s in Columbus, Ohio, call on Wendy’s to tear down the wall keeping the fast-food leader from joining the top human rights program in the US food industry today!As announced last week, when leaders of the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) learned that last weekend’s annual General Assembly was to take place in Wendy’s hometown of Columbus, OH, they wasted no time planning a demonstration at a local Wendy’s restaurant. Compelled by their deeply-held values of justice and long […]

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