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President Barack Obama

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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CIW, worker organizations from around the country, join President Obama at White House Summit on Worker Voice!

Day-long gathering tackles tough questions facing 21st century worker movement…“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”Those were the words of AFSCME President Lee Saunders as quoted by President Obama in his opening remarks at last week’s historic White House Summit on Worker Voice.  The President cited the colorful expression to capture the declining fortunes of organized labor in the US over the past several decades and the resulting demise of good, stable middle class jobs.  The many challenges facing workers today — both workers as represented by traditional unions and those beyond unions’ reach, from farmworkers in the fields to […]

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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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President Obama comes to town; CIW gets question on slavery to the Commander-in-Chief!…

And now for something completely different… On Tuesday, President Obama came to Ft. Myers for a town hall meeting on the economic crisis (Ft. Myers and the Southwest Florida area generally are at or near the top in both foreclosures and unemployment rates nationally). The picture above is from the Ft. Myers meeting.

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