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CIW honored with 2016 Leadership Award by James Beard Foundation at moving ceremony in NYC!

Last week, at a spectacular ceremony in New York City’s historic Hearst Tower, the James Beard Foundation presented its prestigious 2016 Leadership Award to the CIW for its “innovative work in forging a new human rights model in the food industry supply chain.”  The CIW had the honor of being introduced by human rights leader Kerry Kennedy, and joined an illustrious line-up of fellow awardees that included longtime CIW allies Raj Patel and Anna Lappè. In accepting the award, Lucas Benitez and Greg Asbed spoke of the massive collective effort necessary to build the Fair Food Movement and of the new model for protecting […]

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New York Times Magazine, Civil Eats take on “Big Food” and the Food Movement…

“Then we found the unlocked door in the castle wall… It was the corporate brand.”As the Wendy’s Boycott picks up steam across the country, the CIW and the Campaign for Fair Food took center stage in two timely articles this past week — one from Michael Pollan in the New York Times Magazine and another from Elizabeth Grossman in Civil Eats — asking key strategic questions about how best to create meaningful, transformational change in the food system.First up, Michael Pollan set the scene in his big thought piece last week, “Big Food Strikes Back,” tracing the recent history of the uphill battle of the Obama administration in […]

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CIW honored with prestigious 2016 James Beard Leadership Award!

James Beard Foundation recognizes CIW co-founders Greg Asbed, Lucas Benitez, “For their innovative work in forging a new human rights model in the food industry supply chain…”Last week, the James Beard Foundation announced that it is recognizing CIW co-founders Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez with its 2016 James Beard Annual Leadership Award!  Each year, the Foundation, which resides at the cross section of the country’s culinary and food justice communities, “Celebrates visionaries responsible for creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world.”  This year, the Foundation chose six food movement leaders to receive the award.  Joining the CIW representatives in […]

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CIW receives Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts in Combatting Modern-Day Slavery at White House Forum!

 Sec. Kerry: “This is an extraordinary accomplishment, and reminds all of us not just of the work that we have to do, but that dedicated individuals, like those here with us today from the Coalition, can strike out against injustice, break down barriers, and make a world of difference.”Yesterday was a landmark day in the history of CIW’s fight for farm labor justice.Twenty years ago, workers rose up in the fields and in the dusty streets of a dirt-poor town by the strange name of Immokalee to demand an end to the systematic violation of their fundamental human rights.  The CIW was born in those […]

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“This is not a film about oppression, it’s actually a film about transformation”…

[hupso title=”‘This is not a film about oppression, it’s actually a film about transformation’ – @EvaLongoria @Chrislhayes” url=””]   MSNBC, Washington Post and many, many more national media weigh in on “Food Chains” and the movement for Fair Food! The day has finally arrived, and “Food Chains” hits theaters in major cities around the country today.  Ahead of its release, major media outlets have been turning their attention to the film and to the Fair Food movement that is its subject.   The MSNBC interview above is yet another great look at the CIW’s Fair Food Program through the eyes […]

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BREAKING: CIW to receive 2014 Clinton Global Citizen Award!

[hupso title=”BREAKING: @ClintonGlobal presents @CIW with Global Citizen Award at #CGI2014″ url=””] Clintons to honor CIW for groundbreaking impact of Fair Food Program at gala award ceremony in New York City on September 21… The news was announced on the Clinton Global Initiative website Thursday afternoon: Clinton Global Citizen Awards Established in 2007, the Clinton Global Citizen Awards embody President Bill Clinton’s call to action by honoring outstanding individuals who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership. These citizens have proven that diverse sectors of society can work together successfully to devise solutions that effect positive, lasting social change. Nominated […]

Read More », a project of Center for American Progress, runs great read on the Fair Food Program…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@talkpoverty, @BillMoyers run great read on #FairFoodProgram” url=””] Moyers & Company also picks up article analyzing worker-led approach that drives success of CIW’s Fair Food Program… Over the past generation, Corporate Social Responsibility programs (a field known by the acronym “CSR”) – based on a mix of corporate-drafted vendor codes of conduct, voluntary compliance, and periodic auditing – have been embraced and promoted by large corporations looking to blunt increasing public scrutiny of inhumane labor conditions in their suppliers’ operations.  Yet today, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on CSR initiatives around the globe, non-compliance with basic labor and human […]

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Fair Food movement takes Berlin by storm!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”CIW, @FoodChainsFilm takes @berlinale by storm!” url=”″] Compelling new documentary, “Food Chains,” premieres at 2014 Berlin Film Festival to sold-out screenings, generates serious buzz at star-studded festival…   What happens when Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker, Golden Globe Award nominee Eva Longoria, best-selling author Eric Schlosser, and an incredibly talented and dedicated crew of filmmakers and producers join forces to tell the story of farm labor exploitation behind the 21st century supermarket industry and of the growing Fair Food movement fighting to end that exploitation?   “Food Chains,” the exciting new documentary featuring the CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food, is […]

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Walmart (left), CIW representatives (right) sign historic agreement at a Lipman Produce farm

PRESS RELEASE: Coalition of Immokalee Workers Announces Walmart to Join Groundbreaking Fair Food Program

Immokalee, FL, January 16, 2014 – Bringing its leadership position in the US food industry to the widely-acclaimed partnership for social responsibility taking root in Florida’s tomato fields, Walmart today joined with its Florida tomato suppliers and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to strengthen and expand the groundbreaking Fair Food Program.

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CIW at UN: “What if workers themselves designed their own social responsibility program?”…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”CIW at @UN: What if workers designed their own #CSR program? Breaking report from UN, @TrustWomenConf!” url=”″] CIW, FFSC presentations bring real world solutions to debate on human rights abuses at UN Business and Human Rights Forum in Geneva, “Trust Women” Conference in London! The Fair Food Program’s European sojourn is a wrap, and the groundbreaking social responsibility program is making waves in the world of business and human rights, where its unique mechanisms for worker participation and strict market consequences for human rights violations are pointing the way toward a new model of real, measurable social change.   Geneva With […]

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