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Part Two: “We are not victims — we are not asking for charity, we are calling for justice!”

Farmworker Women to Wendy’s executives: “We want to work with dignity in the fields.”Last Sunday, farmworkers stood alongside religious leaders from across the city of Columbus, Wendy’s hometown, for a moving interfaith service at First Congregational United Church of Christ.  The next morning, it was time for action. With spirits buoyed by the support of the Columbus community, CIW members headed to Ohio State University carrying a beautiful quilt composed of patches stitched together and designed by Immokalee farmworkers.  The quilt gave voice to the workers’ experiences with sexual harassment and violence in the fields, to their thoughts on the extraordinary transformation brought about […]

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“We aren’t asking you to create the solution.  The solution already exists…”

Kroger executives, shareholders faced with massive labor violations in supply chain…As Kroger shareholders poured into their annual meeting in Cincinnati last Thursday, they were greeted by some rather disturbing news from the company’s supply chain: A Kroger tomato supplier in Florida by the name of Tomato Thyme — operating, in theory, under the ever-watchful eye of Kroger’s internal supply chain monitoring process — was fined $1.4 million just last month by the U.S. Department of Labor for having “willfully disobeyed federal labor laws and exploited vulnerable, low-wage workers.” Worse yet, in its press release announcing the fine, the Department of Labor specifically named Kroger as […]

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Strawberries! Get your Fair Food Program strawberries here!…

Fair Food Program strawberries set to hit select Whole Foods stores this week, carry FFP label on the clamshell…Whole Foods: “The Fair Food Program is the leading worker welfare success story in the U.S.”The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Whole Foods Market, and Sunripe Certified Brands announced a groundbreaking initiative today, expanding the Fair Food Program into the strawberry industry and debuting the beautiful new Fair Food Program label in Whole Foods produce aisles as early as this week.  And for those readers who might not recognize the name Sunripe Certified Brands, you probably recognize them as Pacific Tomato Growers — that’s […]

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Publix: “May your practices reflect God’s care. The world is watching.”

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”United Methodist Women denounce @Publix for rejecting #FairFoodProgram…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/”] United Methodist Women chastise Publix for rejecting Fair Food Program, celebrate deep and growing partnership with farmworkers… United Methodist Women just won’t take no for an answer when it comes to food justice and Florida’s supermarket giant, Publix! Last week we posted a story about this incredible video, a moving look at three generations of United Methodist Women who are putting their faith into action for Fair Food.   Today we have two more great updates from United Methodist to share with you.  First, United Methodist Women (UMW) released another great video last week, […]

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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=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=17932″] 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=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=17106″] 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 good couple of days for Fair Food…

[hupso title=”.@CIW at #FourFreedoms Ceremony: Hope that a better world, a more human world, was in fact possible…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=16864″] “Hope that a better world, a more humane world, was in fact possible…” Four Freedoms Medal ceremony, massive Wendy’s protest, highlight week full of momentum in movement for Fair Food! “Somewhere we have heard that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice… Today, for the first time in the history of the south, this dream is coming true for farmworkers in Florida’s agriculture.  For the first time, we have a place at the table. In our […]

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Photo Report: CIW families, consumers teach Publix the true meaning of Labor Day!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”Labor Day Weekend of Action in FL: CIW’s Women’s Group leads the way” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=16081″] CIW’s Women’s Group leads the way in big Labor Day Weekend of Action across Florida… Four years ago, CIW members took their call for Publix to sign a Fair Food agreement to the streets for the very first time.  This past weekend, CIW members once again loaded protest art, water, and a formidable team, led by farmworker mothers and their families, into four vans and headed north.  As was the case on that very first Publix protest four years ago, the CIW members were fueled this past […]

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