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TODAY: Vermont dairy workers, consumer allies march on Ben & Jerry’s factory!

Marchers will deliver powerful letter from national human rights organizations including ACLU, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Columbia University Law School Human Rights Clinic, and Human Rights Watch, calling on Ben & Jerry’s to sign Milk with Dignity agreement without further delay!Show YOUR support for Vermont’s Migrant Justice by joining the photo petition on social media today!As dawn broke this morning, dairy workers from Vermont — accompanied by their families, local consumer allies, and human rights leaders from across the country, including the CIW’s Lucas Benitez — kicked off a 13-mile march from the Vermont State House in Burlington to the iconic […]

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Shareholder lawsuit against Wendy’s heating up!…

Attorney for shareholder: “This is so irrational, so extreme.  They should not be allowed to profit from slavery.”In a potentially significant new development, a lawsuit filed by a Wendy’s shareholder in October had a hearing in federal court late last month on Wendy’s motion to dismiss, and the arguments went to the very heart of the growing boycott against the fast-food giant.An article from May 30 in Law360 reported on the proceedings, explaining that the lawsuit was filed last fall because, according to the complaint:As a direct result of Wendy’s failure to join the FFP, the company’s goodwill and reputation […]

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CNN on FFP, Part III: “When we get calls from outside the Fair Food Program, it is heartbreaking”…

CNN Freedom Project: “There are roughly 30,000 people currently working on Fair Food Program farms and receiving all the protections and benefits outlined in the agreements.  But, there’s still a long way to go to bringing the rest of the country onboard.”Today we bring you the third and final installment of the extraordinary CNN report on the Fair Food Program, “How America’s ‘ground-zero’ for modern slavery was cleaned up by workers’ group.”  This third video focuses on the history of the CIW’s anti-slavery efforts, and on the development and expansion of the Fair Food Program as the principal means for eliminating […]

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CNN on FFP, Part II: “Have you ever wondered how your tomatoes get to the grocery store?”

CIW’s Lupe Gonzalo on Wendy’s Boycott: “Sooner or later, Wendy’s will come to the table and sign a Fair Food agreement, and then we will be on the same side, all fighting for justice together.”Today we bring you the second installment in CNN’s remarkable three-part video report on the Fair Food Program.  Click on the video above to watch Part II, or check it out on CNN’s website (scroll down to the video entitled “Slavery in the food supply chain”).In Part I, we saw how the Fair Food Program is changing workers’ lives in the fields every day, focusing on […]

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CNN on Fair Food Program: “How America’s ‘ground-zero’ for modern slavery was cleaned up by workers’ group…”

Alejandrina Carrera, worker on FFP farm: “You’re not going to be harassed, you’re not going to be insulted, you’re not going to be forced to work. There’s more respect now.”In an exceptional video series, CNN Freedom Project lifts up FFP as “most comprehensive social responsibility program in U.S. agriculture”…This week, the award-winning team at the CNN Freedom Project — a new series designed to “amplify the voices of the victims of modern-day slavery, highlight success stories and help unravel the tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life” — turned its spotlight on the CIW and the Fair Food Program, and the result is nothing short […]

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A Profile in Cowardice…

President Drake, OSU Administration take a stand against students, faculty, faith leaders, international labor rights experts and farmworkers to renew Wendy’s contract for three more years;Administration waits until school year over, students safely at home, to announce decision;Students call for Fair Food Nation to join national call-in action to President Drake’s office today!Last Thursday, Amanda Ferguson, an OSU grad student and one of the student fasters this past March, received the following email from Jay Kassey, Senior Vice President for Administration and Planning at OSU: Dear Amanda,Ohio State worked with Wendy’s actively for two years as it developed a new Code of […]

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Part One: The Fair Food Nation makes the case for real human rights at Wendy’s annual shareholder meeting!

Remarkable drama unfolds both inside and outside of Wendy’s normally staid annual gathering as farmworker, student, faith, and community representatives of the Fair Food Nation take a stand for real human rights protections in fast-food giant’s produce supply chain!Today we bring you Part One of our two-part report from an extraordinary day of action at Wendy’s annual shareholder meeting this past Tuesday at the company’s corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ohio.  In Part One, we will relate the events of the day — from the wide-ranging debate inside the meeting to the spirited protest outside — with a first-hand report from the Alliance for […]

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ACTION ALERT! The Wendy’s shareholder meeting is just days away and the Fair Food Nation needs your help!…

Call-ins, postcards, protests… We need YOU to join farmworkers and fellow allies in mobilizing for the Wendy’s Shareholder meeting on May 23rd!In just a few weeks, Wendy’s will hold its annual shareholder meeting at the company’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio on May 23rd.  And for the fourth year running, Wendy’s executives and shareholders will be forced to confront the urgent, moral question posed by farmworkers and consumers of conscience: How much longer will the fast-food giant remain on the wrong side of history when it comes to social responsibility in its supply chain?  Ever since the launch of the Wendy’s campaign in 2013, tomato pickers from […]

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Florida United Methodist Church Bishop Kenneth Carter, cabinet members visit Immokalee, meet with CIW, Fair Food Program grower!

On Monday, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. and the cabinet of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church kicked off a two-day tour of the Conference’s missional areas across the state of Florida.  And where did this estimable team of Methodist Church leaders choose to launch their tour?  Right here in the CIW’s hometown of Immokalee, birthplace of the Fair Food movement!  With a delegation including all nine district superintendents charged with leading nearly 700 congregations throughout the state, the visitors represented the tens of thousands of Florida Methodists who, throughout the long history of the Campaign for Fair Food, have put their […]

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“If they did it, shouldn’t everyone?…”

You’re More Powerful Than You Think by Eric Liu⎢Book Trailer from Citizen Film. CIW, Campaign for Fair Food celebrated in prologue of new book on democratic participation and organizing for social justice!Success of workers in Immokalee proof that, “You’re more powerful than you think”…Eric Liu, the author of a new book on how to make your voice heard in the decisions that affect your life, titled “You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen,” needed a story for his prologue that would capture his message that profound social change is possible no matter what your circumstances.  So he […]

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