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$3.5 million judgment closes books on yet another forced labor case in Florida’s fields…

Newest case marks ninth forced labor operation bought to justice by CIW’s Anti-Slavery Program since 1997, demonstrates enduring perils of fields beyond the reach of the Fair Food Program…On February 10, a Federal District Court Judge in Ft. Myers, Florida, ordered Reyes Tapia-Ortiz, a crewleader for Clewiston, FL-based C&C Farms, to pay $3.5 million dollars in damages to five farmworkers from Mexico and Guatemala.  Last year, the court found that Tapia-Ortiz had, “engaged in forced labor and related offenses by brandishing a gun, threatening to harm and deport workers for complaining about conditions and not being paid for all their work at […]

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TOMORROW: Send a heartfelt Fair Food message to Wendy’s for Valentine’s Day!

ACTION ALERT: Melt that frosty heart!  Send Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor a special message on February 14th to let him know you will boycott Wendy’s until they join the Presidential Medal-winning Fair Food Program…Last week, the CIW released a must-see, 30-second spoof (above) of Wendy’s Super Bowl commercial to wide acclaim.  The CIW’s video — which has reached a whopping 17,000 views since the big game, and continues to climb — exposed a fundamental contradiction in Wendy’s new pitch: Even if the fast-food chain’s burger patties aren’t be frozen, it’s corporate heart most certainly is.  But if the history of the Campaign for Fair Food offers any insight […]

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MUST-SEE Super Bowl Adbust: Farmworkers expertly take down Wendy’s $5 million “Cold as Ice” commercial!

Facebook, Twitter blow up with Fair Food version of Wendy’s big Super Bowl ad buy! $5 million for 30 seconds of Super Bowl airtime could fund more than 5 years of fairer wages and humane working conditions for workers picking Wendy’s tomatoes through the Fair Food Program… In the event that you were watching the Super Bowl yesterday, you may have caught Wendy’s 30 second ad that aired shortly before halftime.  The ad emphasized two aspects of Wendy’s concerted strategy to re-invent its public image: an emphasis on “quality” ingredients and a cheeky Twitter game.  In case you didn’t catch it the first time, […]

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A Tale of Two Roadside Farm Stands…

Or why Wendy’s is not like you.And why you should join us for the Return to Human Rights Tour this March 16-29!Join us, if you will, in a brief thought experiment: What would you do if you were in the market for some fresh tomatoes and you happened upon a roadside farm stand — an idyllic, pastoral produce stand, its shelves piled high with fruits and vegetables picked fresh in fields right next door — selling red, ripe tomatoes at a great price?You’d stop in a heartbeat, right?  Who doesn’t love farm fresh produce?But what if, while you’re standing at the cash […]

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ACTION: Call offices of Wendy’s CEO in support of national boyott!

TODAY: Call Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor to demand that Wendy’s respect farmworkers’ human rights!January has flown by, and the Return to Human Rights Tour, as well as the massive mobilization in Wendy’s hometown of Columbus (March 24-26), are swiftly drawing closer.  Between now and then, we need to keep building the powerful momentum of the national Wendy’s boycott — starting right now!Today, you can join the whole of Fair Food Nation for a national call-in day to the corporate headquarters of the last major fast food hold out!  Dial up Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor and remind him that you — and many tens of thousands more in the […]

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European governments take note of Fair Food Program’s power to resolve longstanding human rights conflicts…

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) publishes brief on Fair Food Program in quarterly magazine…In an effort to provide a forum for economic cooperation and reduce tensions during the height of the Cold War, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was formed in 1975 in Helsinki, Finland.  Since then, it has expanded to include 57 member states — including the US — from Europe, Central Asia, and North America.  Today the OSCE has grown to become “the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization” with a mandate that includes “issues such as arms control and the promotion of human rights, freedom of the […]

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month marked by sentencing in FFP forced labor prosecution…

In one of his last official acts in office, President Obama signed an eloquent statement on the scourge of slavery that has plagued this country, in one form or another, for centuries, declaring January “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.”  The statement began:BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATIONOur Nation wrestled with the issue of slavery in a way that nearly tore us apart — its fundamental notion in direct contradiction with our founding premise that we are all created equal. The courageous individuals who rejected such cruelty helped us overcome one of the most […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter…”

Today, women, men and children across the country’s 50 states are marching to celebrate the life, the promise, and the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As we begin this new year, it feels with each day that passes that we as a country are approaching a dangerous crossroads.  Down one road, a deeply uncertain future awaits us, a future in which longstanding norms and principles are lost, and rights and progress are threatened.  Nothing better captures that looming possibility than the astoundingly obtuse and shamefully crass disparagement of one of this country’s few true, living heroes, Congressman John Lewis, on the eve of the very […]

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ANALYSIS: Lofty goals… or empty promises?

First draft of new industry-led initiative charts uncertain course toward “responsible labor practices” in US produce sector…Brief: There’s nothing like the “power of the purchasing order” for turning standards on paper into reality on the ground when violations of a code of conduct occur, and there’s nothing resembling that sort of market consequence with real teeth — yet — built into the produce industry’s recently released “Ethical Charter.”  Genuine, informed worker participation and real enforcement mechanisms will be imperative going forward if this new initiative is to have any hope of success in bringing meaningful human rights protections to the US and Mexican […]

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UN expert: FFP “must be considered an international benchmark” in fight against modern-day slavery!

United Nations Human Trafficking expert lifts up CIW’s Fair Food Program following fact-finding tour of US anti-slavery efforts…Nothing like starting off the new year on a positive note!In her official End of Visit Statement issued late last month, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur in Trafficking in Persons, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, made special mention of the CIW’s Fair Food Program for its exemplary results in the prevention of modern-day slavery.  Here is an excerpt from her statement, issued through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:Washington DC, 19 December 2016 – I am grateful to the Government of the United States of America […]

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