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National religious leaders visit CIW, fields, learn first-hand about the Fair Food Program!

Leaders of Presbyterian Church (USA), T’ruah bear witness to transformative changes underway in FL agricultural industry thanks to the Fair Food movement, commit to spread Wendy’s Boycott nationally…Over the past six weeks, we’ve brought you reports from the Fair Food odyssey that was the Behind the Braids Tour, documenting the multiple voyages of crews of farmworkers and allies from Immokalee as they carried the call for farm labor justice to diverse corners of this country – from the great cities of Chicago, Atlanta and New York, to the small rural towns of Appalachian Maryland and Pennsylvania. But while the Tour crews were away leading the charge […]

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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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What a year it was! 2015 Fair Food Year in Review…

After a year packed with such spectacular highlights, 2016 promises to be a pivotal year for the Fair Food movement…It’s that time of year again, when we take a moment to look back on the events of the past year — on the remarkable progress we have all made together in just twelve short months — and to reflect on what new advances, and challenges, the year ahead might hold for the Fair Food movement.2015 was a banner year in the fight for Fair Food, so much so that choosing which stories to highlight was no easy task!  The year wasn’t a week old […]

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Building a future without violence in the fields…

CIW, Fair Food Program partners develop unprecedented sexual violence prevention curriculum…In U.S. agriculture, the epidemic of sexual harassment and gender-based violence is well-documented.  In 2012, a study by Human Rights Watch, entitled “Cultivating Fear: The Vulnerability of Immigrant Farmworkers in the US to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment,” surveyed farmworker women and found that a staggering 80% of those interviewed reported having faced sexual harassment on the job.  In 2013, the award-winning PBS documentary series Frontline released a hard-hitting documentary, entitled “Rape in the Fields,” following a year-long study of sexual violence against female farmworkers from California to Florida.  And just this past September, the EEOC announced a […]

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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 the best workplace-monitoring program I’ve seen in the US”… Don’t miss today’s New York Times story on the Fair Food Program!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#FairFoodProgram best workplace monitoring program in US – @NYTimes” url=”http://ciw-online.org”] Front page New York Times story takes a close look at Fair Food Program, traces trajectory of Florida tomato industry “from being the worst to the best” workplace environment in US agriculture; Story hits on eve of US premiere of “Food Chains” at Tribeca Film Festival… Today’s New York Times features a story on the CIW and the Fair Food Program on the front page that really needs no lead-in or additional commentary.  So, we’ll do the smart thing and reprint the piece here below in its entirety and let […]

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Holiday health fair on Immokalee farm shows other side of Fair Food Program…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”Workers, growers gather for joyful holiday party, highlight 20 yr journey of #FairFoodNation” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=17667″] Joyful holiday party on Pacific Tomato Growers Immokalee farm highlights remarkable twenty-year trajectory of the movement for Fair Food! There’s no way around it.  The Fair Food movement was born in conflict. Three general strikes rocked Immokalee between the years 1995 and 1999.  A 30-day hunger strike by six CIW members brought national attention to the then-unknown farmworker community atop the Everglades.   A 230-mile march on the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange offices in Orlando made the plight of Florida’s farmworkers — and their call […]

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Rabbis for Human Rights – North America Visit to Immokalee, FL September 14, 2011

Traveling from New York, Boston, California, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Miami and several other cities throughout the country, a delegation of 15 rabbis and two rabbinical students came to Immokalee Tuesday for a visit organized by Rabbis for Human Rights-North America (RHR-NA).

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Historic Breakthrough in Florida’s Tomato Fields

Immokalee, FL – The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange (FTGE) have reached an agreement that will extend the CIW’s Fair Food principles – including a strict code of conduct, a cooperative complaint resolution system, a participatory health and safety program, and a worker-to-worker education process – to over 90% of the Florida tomato industry.

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On the Occasion of the Groundbreaking Agreement between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Pacific Tomato Growers

Today we celebrate the groundbreaking agreement between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Pacific Tomato Growers. We are grateful to witness this display of social responsibility. This agreement will bring about basic rights for farmworkers. We hope and pray that the spirit of collaboration exhibited by the CIW and Pacific Tomato Growers leads the way to a future in which farmworkers and farmers work together with respect for the dignity of all persons whose labor makes possible our nation’s food.

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