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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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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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Wake Forest Law Review: “Preventing Forced Labor in Corporate Supply Chains: The Fair Food Program and Worker-driven Social Responsibility”

Newly published article provides most comprehensive analysis to date of CIW’s award-winning Fair Food Program and the Worker-driven Social Responsibility paradigm…When the Wake Forest Law Review decided earlier this year to dedicate an entire issue to the problem of human trafficking, they solicited an article from the CIW on the Fair Food Program and its unique success in preventing forced labor in agriculture.  That article, entitled “Preventing Forced Labor in Corporate Supply Chains: The Fair Food Program and Worker-driven Social Responsibility,” was published this month.  As soon as it was, it became the most thorough analysis to date of the FFP’s history, […]

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The Worker-driven Social Responsibility model hits new milestone, continues its expansion in world of business and human rights!

Workers Rights Consortium reports groundbreaking Bangladesh Accord extended to 2021; renewal “product of the recognition, by all of the parties, of the Accord’s effectiveness,” confirmation of power of WSR approach…Meanwhile: Migrant Justice receives the National Education Association’s prestigious Cesar Chavez Civil and Human Rights Award; pressure increases on Ben & Jerry’s to finalize agreement to implement WSR-based Milk with Dignity Program in ice cream icon’s dairy supply chain.As the Fair Food Program consolidates the unprecedented human rights gains secured for tens of thousands of farmworkers on participating farms in Florida and up the East Coast — and plots a course for continued expansion into […]

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U.S. soccer legend Abby Wambach, NY Times best-selling author & activist Glennon Doyle Melton, visit Immokalee to talk Fair Food Program, ending violence against women!

Glennon Doyle Melton: “We will only buy food for our family from companies who respect the humanity of ALL families. This is one way to love our neighbors…”Yesterday, as millions of American families flooded beaches and parks across the nation in celebration of the birth of our country, two particularly well-known Americans chose to spend the 4th of July in Immokalee, immersing themselves in the history of what a Washington Post op/ed called “one of the great human rights success stories of our day,” the Fair Food Program.  Abby Wambach, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and […]

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“The Nation We Build Together”: Smithsonian enshrines CIW’s Lady Liberty on permanent display in new exhibit at American History Museum in Washington, DC!

Secretary of the Smithsonian, Dr. David Skorton: “These national treasures inspire, challenge, and celebrate our national history”…Unity Square Project Director, Megan Smith: New exhibit designed to inspire future leaders by highlighting stories of those “who have participated in our democracy and changed America and even changed the world.”It was a remarkable day, even measured against the standard of the CIW’s often dizzying history.On Wednesday, June 28th, far from the dusty streets where Immokalee’s farmworkers launched their struggle for fundamental human rights nearly 25 years ago, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., placed the CIW’s Lady Liberty statue — all twelve feet of […]

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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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