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CIW’s Lupe Gonzalo: “Only together were we able to break our silence…”

The Together Live Tour — the nationwide event featuring U.S. Soccer Superstar Abby Wambach, New York Times bestselling author Glennon Doyle, and the CIW’s own Lupe Gonzalo — has swept through six cities at a whirlwind pace over the last four  weeks.  Following shows in San José, Phoenix, and Austin, the show bounced to Washington, DC, Nashville, and Minneapolis!  Today, we bring you highlights from the powerhouse tour, which is now in its final stretch as it heads to Chicago and Philadelphia.Starting in Washington, DC, Glennon followed Lupe’s presentation with a new reflection on the long and critically important history of immigration in the […]

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Thousands join CIW for launch of #FairFoodSisters Campaign in San José, Phoenix during Together Live Tour!

California and Arizona give CIW’s Lupe Gonzalo standing ovation following moving on-stage interview with U.S. Women’s Soccer gold-medalist Abby Wambach…Last week, CIW’s Lupe Gonzalo took to the stage at two of the country’s historic theaters alongside an impressive lineup of New York Times bestselling authors, Olympic athletes, and other human rights heroes in San José, CA and Phoenix, AZ during the second annual Together Live Tour!  The star-studded group appeared at the City National Civic in the capital of Silicon Valley first, and then the beautiful Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix two nights later.With the theme of “love stories” at the […]

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ACTION ALERT: “Wendy’s, You’re Failing Farmworker Women” National Week of Action, Oct. 21-28!

Students step up to the plate, fight side-by-side with farmworker women to end sexual violence in Wendy’s supply chain!Right up until the final days of last spring semester, Wendy’s unconscionable decision to shift its tomato purchases to Mexico rather than participate in the Fair Food Program had students across the country up in arms.  Between the historic rolling Fast for Farmworker Justice and the colorful marches on campuses and in the streets during the Return to Human Rights Tour, students and young people built a forceful wave of protest in support of the Wendy’s Boycott — and they were just getting started.This morning, following the major announcement earlier […]

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BREAKING: CIW to join Abby Wambach, Glennon Doyle on national Together Live Tour!

NEXT WEEK:  CIW takes the Fair Food message on the road to eight major U.S. cities, launches Fair Food Sisters campaign… Back in early July, when New York Times bestselling author Glennon Doyle and U.S. Women’s Soccer superstar Abby Wambach came to visit the CIW in Immokalee, the beginnings of a powerful new partnership — and friendship — were forged.  Indeed, in the months since then, Abby and Glennon have brought their strategic insight, unshakeable determination, and hard-earned celebrity to the Fair Food movement and the fight to bring respect and dignity to the country’s fields.Today, we are thrilled to announce the first of what will surely […]

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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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American history happens in a watermelon shed…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”World responds to @Walmart joining #FairFoodProgram! Press, statements, social media…” url=”″] The world responds to news of the Walmart agreement! — “American history happens in a watermelon packing shed…” — “The struggle for labor justice in the fields of the United States—and perhaps far beyond—took an historic stride forward yesterday…” — “One of the most effective programs to curb sexual harassment and assault in the agriculture fields expands today with the inking of a national contract with Wal-Mart…” — “Con el acuerdo anunciado, la organización de jornaleros, en su mayoría inmigrantes mexicanos junto con guatemaltecos y haitianos, logró hoy […]

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“These ashes represent a new day dawning in the fields out of a dark past of abuse… These ashes also represent Publix’s opportunity for redemption.”

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#UnitedMethodist Women host @CIW at annual gathering in #Lakeland, call on @Publix to support new day for farmworkers!” url=”″] United Methodist Women host CIW at last weekend’s Annual Conference in Lakeland, reaffirm their commitment to farmworkers and the call for Publix to support dramatic human rights advances taking root in the fields today… This past weekend, over 300 Florida United Methodist Women gathered at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland for their annual meeting, and a delegation from the CIW was welcomed as special guests. Readers of this site are familiar with the steadfast support of United Methodist Women, who […]

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“A powerful voice for dignified wages and working conditions in the fields of Florida…”

Mother’s Day is typically celebrated with flowers, cards, and calls home to mom. But the folks at the National Council of Churches’s Poverty Initiative have their own way of celebrating mothers, with a special focus on “lifting up, celebrating, and praying for mothers who are fighting poverty and alleviating suffering in their communities.”

Much to our delight (though not our surprise!), one of the mothers and leaders they highlighted was CIW staff member, Lupe Gonzalo. You may remember Lupe from the moving videos shot on International Women’s Day during the March for Rights, Respect, and Fair Food.

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