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As rolling student fast enters second month, Vanderbilt students answer the call loud and clear!

Like Tampa area fast, Vanderbilt action snowballs, doubles within days of launch and catches the attention of University administration, local media…Following yesterday’s exciting news of the series of 3-day fasts rolling through university campuses in the Tampa Bay region — and of the critical call to action from students at OSU — we have yet another inspiring update today, this time from the parallel student action taking place in Nashville at Vanderbilt University!  But first… A call to action to support OSU student leaders!Quickly, before we jump into the action in Tennessee, we want to remind everyone that makes up the vast Fair […]

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“Keep your word! Cut the contract with Wendy’s!” OSU students take demands to Board of Trustees meeting!

PLUS: Students at New College of Florida begin five-day fast in solidarity with OSU’s Boot the Braids campaign!Last month, farmworkers from Immokalee and hundreds of allies converged on Columbus, Ohio, for a major mobilization and parade at the peak of the Return to Human Rights Tour, just as 19 students and alumni of OSU broke a 7-day fast for farmworker justice:But although the fast ended that day, students at OSU — and across the country — were in fact just getting started.  Just a day after last week’s reflection on this website on the relationship between Ohio State University and the Wendy’s Corporation, OSU’s President Michael Drake […]

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OSU and Wendy’s: Taking stock of a troubled relationship…

Or if you prefer your proverbs biblical, “Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians, 15:33)After Wendy’s latest public relations play, OSU administration must decide how far it will allow its fast-food partner to drag a proud university down into the mud…Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac is generally credited with popularizing the colorful aphorism, “He that lieth down with the dogs shall rise up with fleas.”  It is an age old proverb that is widely understood to mean that one should choose carefully the company one keeps, lest the sins of your associates become your own in the eyes of the public.And in the wake of the most recent […]

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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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Labor expert: “There’s no reason this model can’t work across the United States…”

“A SHIFT IN THOUGHT: Florida’s tomato pickers took on some of the country’s biggest retailers and fast-food chains – and won, transforming working conditions in the tomato fields. Now they and their allies are trying to take the fight to new fields and new industries.”  Christian Science Monitor article on CIW’s Worker-driven Social Responsibility modelIn two days, workers from Immokalee and their allies will pack up piles of protest art and provisions for two weeks on the road as they head out on the big Return to Human Rights Tour.  Along the way they will stop in over a dozen cities, […]

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Who doesn’t love a parade?… Immokalee workers launch call for artwork ahead of Parade for Human Rights!

We are only one month out from the culmination of the Return to Human Rights Tour in Columbus, OH, and the big Parade for Human Rights is coming up fast… So what are you waiting for?  Join the Art Team today!Just two years ago, the CIW and thousands of allies flooded the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, for a massive and joyous Fair Food parade.  Replete with stunningly colorful floats (like the one pictured at the top of the post) and billowing painted parachutes (below)…… as well as dozens of homemade banners representing communities from across the country (an Ohio Fair […]

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Buyer beware… or not…

A case of slavery, a buyer’s silence, and the Fair Food Program… In our last post, we shared the news of last week’s $3.5 million judgment against Reyes Tapia-Ortiz, a crewleader who was sued for, among other things, having “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 legal wages, sexually harassing a female worker, and falsely imprisoning then facilitating the deportation of a worker who stopped working for him,” according to Susan French, a lead attorney for the plaintiffs […]

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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 brought 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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