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PHOTO REPORT: Celebration in Immokalee!

CIW members gather to celebrate independence holidays of Mexico, Central America, and mark beginning of Florida tomato season…With the start of the 2016-2017 tomato season right around the corner, farmworkers and their families are making their way back to Immokalee after a long, hot summer of following the tomato harvest.  And for the second year in a row, Immokalee workers were not alone in their annual trek north: Tomato pickers in six states along the East Coast received visits from the Fair Food Program’s CIW education team this summer, learning about their fundamental human rights on northern FFP farms.  This past Sunday — as happens this time every September — […]

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Workers embark on Workers’ Voice Tour with wind in their sails thanks to National Council of Churches’ open letter to Wendy’s, Brolick, and Peltz!

Workers in Immokalee woke up this morning with one thing on their mind: The long-awaited launch of the 2016 Workers’ Voice Tour!  Packing piles of protest art, dozens of duffel bags stuffed with rarely used cold-weather clothes, and enough supplies for a hundred people on the road for ten days, workers and their allies climbed aboard the bus and its satellite vans as the caravan for farm labor justice hit the road today at 10:00 am, destination: New York City.And thanks to the National Council of Churches, they are not heading out alone!  Far from it, in fact, as the NCC — representing […]

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1,500 farmworkers and families swamp CIW headquarters for annual Year of the Worker Party; Workers’ Voice Tour art production in full swing!

In final week before Workers’ Voice Tour, CIW members and allies in Immokalee prepare to take fight for farmworker justice to Wendy’s doorstep…In Immokalee, you can mark your late February calendar by two annual events.  One is the Year of the Worker Party, the largest and longest-running of the CIW’s community events, celebrating Immokalee’s vision of a more humane agricultural industry, its two-decade-long struggle for fundamental human rights, at the height of the tomato season each year.  The other is the arrival of expert painters, carpenters and puppeteers from across the country to work alongside farmworkers in the production of the unique artwork deployed in the Campaign for Fair Food’s huge […]

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Boot the Braids!… Student-led Wendy’s campaign set to hit the road running this coming school year!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”Immokalee prepares for #2014Encuentro! Students & youth from #FairFoodNation make plans for @Wendys this fall…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/08/encuentro/”] With the annual Student/Farmworker Alliance “Encuentro” just around the corner, student and youth leaders of the Fair Food Nation train their sights on Wendy’s with an echo of the seminal “Boot the Bell” campus-based movement…  It’s that time of year again, as the first cool breezes of fall break months of summer heat and students across the country prepare for the new school year ahead.  Of course, in Immokalee, preparing for the new school year can only mean one thing: the Student/Farmworker Alliance […]

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Kids say the darndest things! Words from Ohio 3rd and 4th graders provide food for thought for Wendy’s CEO Emil Brolick…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”In advance of #NowIsTheTime Tour, messages pour in for @Wendys and @Publix” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?post=18295″] Photos, messages pour in from the Fair Food Nation… With the launch of the “Now is the Time” Tour only a week away, supporters from every corner of the Fair Food Nation are getting into gear for the big spring action!  And as people begin to prepare for the two anchor protests of the tour in Columbus and Lakeland, more and more Fair Food activists are sending messages to Wendy’s CEO Emil Brolick and Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw ahead of the action to demand justice for […]

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First ever Fair Food Program Annual Report now online!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”First ever #FairFoodProgram Report now online!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=17259″] The report, issued by the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC), offers unprecedented insight into the outcomes — both the concrete advances and the continuing challenges — from the first two harvest seasons under the oversight of the FFSC… As the Fair Food Program enters its third season in full effect in Florida’s $650 million tomato industry, the Fair Food Standards Council — the third party monitoring organization that audits Participating Growers’ farms, investigates workers’  complaints, and enforces the Fair Food Code of Conduct — has issued its inaugural “State of the Program” […]

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Student/Farmworker Alliance Encuentro 2013 puts focus on Wendys, Publix!

[hupso title=”.@sfalliance #Encuentro2013 puts focus on @Wendys, @Publix!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=16386″] Students, youth gather for a weekend of planning, convivio with workers in Immokalee… Last weekend, a storied tradition unfolded once again as the Student/Farmworker Alliance convened it’s 9th Annual Encuentro in Immokalee.  Students and young people hailing from twenty states across the nation converged in the birthplace of the Campaign for Fair Food for a three-day immersion visit.  During their time together, Encuentro participants deepened their knowledge of the Fair Food Program, honed their organizing skills, and fortified the relationships that will carry them through the ups and downs of the battle […]

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With the Wendy’s shareholders’ meeting in NYC just around the corner, the pressure is rising on the final fast-food holdout…

Head of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), farmworker mothers pen letters to Wendy’s calling on the hamburger giant to do the right thing ahead of next week’s national actions.

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Peeps protesting Publix…

… and a march media round-up!

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Theater, reflection make for a festive evening in Immokalee!

Scenes from the final community meeting before the March for Rights, Respect, and Fair Food!

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