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PHOTO REPORT: Hundreds of allies and farmworkers march in Miami, Washington DC in support of dignity for women in the fields!

Women farmworkers to Wendy’s, Publix:  “We will never go back to the way it was before, living every day with exploitation — we want all women to have the experience of working with dignity.”This past weekend, the brisk fall weather drew hundreds of farmworkers and allies out onto the sidewalks in both Miami, Florida, and Washington, DC, for two high-spirited protests in support of Fair Food.  Galvanized by the explosive national conversation about the widespread epidemic of sexual harassment in the workplace, the marchers took action to put a stop to sexual violence in U.S. agricultural fields — the very fields where observers […]

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María José Fletcher, longtime CIW partner in fight against human trafficking and gender-based violence, recognized by U2’s Bono and the ONE Campaign!

María José Fletcher, a human rights attorney and co-founder of Miami-based VIDA Legal Assistance — a longtime CIW partner dedicated to helping survivors of violence, with a particular focus on immigrants and women — was shocked to learn this past June that she had been selected for recognition by U2’s lead singer Bono and his ONE Campaign.  In speaking to the Miami Herald in a recent article about her recognition, María José was typically self-effacing:“Seeing my face among all these other amazing women, who are my role models, I was very humbled,” Fletcher told the Miami Herald. “I didn’t feel that I should have been there. I […]

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month marked by sentencing in FFP forced labor prosecution…

In one of his last official acts in office, President Obama signed an eloquent statement on the scourge of slavery that has plagued this country, in one form or another, for centuries, declaring January “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.”  The statement began:BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATIONOur Nation wrestled with the issue of slavery in a way that nearly tore us apart — its fundamental notion in direct contradiction with our founding premise that we are all created equal. The courageous individuals who rejected such cruelty helped us overcome one of the most […]

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The Grand Finale! Wendy’s protests from Miami to Chicago highlight final Behind the Braids tour, Weekend of Action…

Hundreds of farmworkers and Fair Food allies, new and old, let Wendy’s know nothing will deter the Fair Food Nation as the Wendy’s Boycott heads into the new season in high gear!Even as the country continues to adjust to the new political landscape — with each new headline from Washington more shocking than the last — the Fair Food Nation remains steadfast in its commitment to farm labor justice.   With one eye on the unfolding national picture and the other on the Fair Food prize, thousands of consumers across the country and farmworkers in Florida forged ahead this week with one powerful message:  All human beings […]

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Nov. 21 Uniting for Fair Food Day of Action sweeps across Florida!

From Georgia border to Southern beaches, Florida’s consumers, farmworkers unite to demand justice from Publix, Wendy’s… Back in November, we laid out the Fair Food Nation’s big plans for the November 21st Uniting for Fair Food Day of Action.  CIW members and consumer allies promised to kick off the holiday season with one, clearcut demand:  justice — not charity — for farmworkers from the major food retailers still refusing to make a tangible commitment to farmworkers’ human rights.And boy, did the Fair Food Nation deliver on that promise!From Jacksonville all the way down to Miami, conscientious consumers took to the streets — rain or shine — alongside farmworkers to […]

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Nov. 21st: “Uniting for Fair Food” National Day of Action for the Thanksgiving season…

As country prepares for Thanksgiving, Fair Food Nation prepares powerful call for justice from Publix, Wendy’s…Fall is in the air, and as the end of November draws closer, people across the country are making travel plans and pulling out favorite family recipes for the big Thanksgiving meal on November 26th.For the Fair Food Nation, the central ingredients of that meal are not only the family members around the table, but also justice for the women and men — and their families — who harvest the food on the table.This November 21st, farmworkers in Florida are calling on consumer allies across the country to join them in demanding justice — not […]

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100+ from Immokalee, Food Chain Workers Alliance take to Miami’s sunny streets to deliver Mother’s Day letter to Publix!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”Short title” url=”the URL”] “We are speaking the truth, with our heads held high…” On Sunday morning, with a remarkably cool breeze and a sunny sky, three vans full of farmworkers from Immokalee and their families headed across Alligator Alley to Miami to meet up with warehouse workers, restaurant workers, and other farmworkers from across the U.S. for an action against Publix.  Buoyed by the support of the visiting representatives from the Food Chain Workers Alliance as well as the unseasonably beautiful weather, Immokalee families headed up a short march to through the streets of Coral Gables that culminated in a high-energy picket in front of Publix: For the […]

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More photos from the front! Bonus pics from an exciting Wendy’s Founder’s Week of Action…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”BONUS! Even more photos from #FairFoodNation’s @Wendys #FoundersWeekofAction!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=17276″] The Wendy’s Founder’s Week of Action was so successful (be sure to check out the full report here if you haven’t seen it yet), so colorful, and so exciting that it just wouldn’t be fair to keep all the great photos sent in to Immokalee from events around the country to ourselves. And so, we have put together a mix of some of the most beautiful snapshots from the remarkable week of action in one convenient photo gallery for your weekend viewing pleasure! Enjoy, and check back soon for a media […]

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Massive numbers, multiple actions rock Wendy’s!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”100s upon 100s! Massive protests greet @Wendys during #FoundersWeekofAction across the #FairFoodNation!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=17217″] Over 200 protesters marched on Wendy’s in Columbus, OH, to demand that the hamburger giant join the rest of the fast-food leaders in advancing the human rights of farmworkers in its supply chain. 200 in Ohio, 130 in DC, 120 in Miami, 80 high schoolers in Jacksonville, plus protests in Austin, Oakland, Chapel Hill, New York, Princeton, Haverford, Providence, St. Louis …  just to name a few!  Things just got a whole lot more real for Wendy’s. The 2013-2014 Fair Food season began in earnest this past […]

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Sabor a sudor…

Farmworker families, South Florida allies join forces for spirited picket outside Publix’s new store aimed at Latino market in Miami’s Little Havana!

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