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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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Are you ready? VT workers’ Milk with Dignity National Day of Action around the corner…

[hupso title=”Are you ready?  VT workers’ #MilkWithDignity June 20th Day of Action around the corner…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2015/06/mwd-around-the-corner/”]Dairy workers, allies gearing up for June 20th Day of Action;Meanwhile, CIW and Worker-driven Social Responsibility take center stage at CGI America in Denver!Even as the season winds down in Immokalee, the ever-expanding Fair Food movement is gearing up for an action-filled summer!  Last week, we shared an exciting report from the Fair Food Program education team as CIW members headed north for the Program’s first-ever “Know Your Rights” trainings on tomato farms outside of Florida.  This week we have more news from the Fair Food front, as the model at the heart of […]

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Big news out of Ahold’s shareholder meeting in Amsterdam, with more to come…

[hupso title=”BIG NEWS out of Ahold’s shareholder meeting, with more to come…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2015/04/ahold-big-news/”]   We’ll keep this short and sweet for now. As you may remember, last week we posted a report on what was then our upcoming visit to Ahold’s annual shareholder meeting in Amsterdam.  Ahold is the Dutch parent company to several major US grocery chains, including northeastern supermarket icons Giant and Stop & Shop.  This was to be our fifth visit to the annual meeting, and past trips across the Atlantic had never proven boring. This year was no exception, though with a far, far more positive […]

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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=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/11/food-chains-media/”]   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=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/09/clinton-global-breaking/”] 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 […]

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“Food Chains” private screenings in San Francisco, LA pack the house with food movement, farmworker organizing luminaries!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@FoodChainsFilm priv screenings in SF, LA pack the house!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/”] San Francisco press calls film an “incredibly moving documentary”; Dolores Huerta pledges to “joyfully promote the film and the Fair Food campaign”!… Last week was a busy one on the “Food Chains” calendar!  With two invitation-only screenings in California, the “Food Chains” road crew continued to marshal support for the first feature film to take a close look at the CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food and the groundbreaking Fair Food Program ahead of its big Nov. 21st theatrical release.  First up, San Francisco.  “Food Chains” director Sanjay Rawal reports from the scene: On Tuesday evening, […]

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Royal Ahold executives sidestep the call for Fair Food — again!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”Ahold sidesteps the call to join the #FairFoodProgram” url=”http://ciw-online.org/”] At annual shareholder meeting in Amsterdam, Ahold executives insist CIW representative “speak English” when asking question on behalf of farmworkers, continue to reject “the best workplace monitoring Program in the U.S…” Farmworkers from Immokalee have been knocking on the door of Amsterdam-based Royal Ahold — the international supermarket corporation that owns Giant Supermarkets and Stop & Shop in the U.S. — for years now, asking for the chance to work together to protect the human rights of the workers who pick Ahold’s tomatoes.  While the global supermarket giant has dragged its heels, its grocery sector […]

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