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Florida United Methodist Church Bishop Kenneth Carter, cabinet members visit Immokalee, meet with CIW, Fair Food Program grower!

On Monday, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. and the cabinet of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church kicked off a two-day tour of the Conference’s missional areas across the state of Florida.  And where did this estimable team of Methodist Church leaders choose to launch their tour?  Right here in the CIW’s hometown of Immokalee, birthplace of the Fair Food movement!  With a delegation including all nine district superintendents charged with leading nearly 700 congregations throughout the state, the visitors represented the tens of thousands of Florida Methodists who, throughout the long history of the Campaign for Fair Food, have put their […]

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A Tampa Twofer! Return to Human Rights Tour wraps up with a huge march, rally at Tampa Wendy’s, Publix…

Nearly 300 exuberant Fair Food supporters turn out to welcome the Return to Human Rights Tour back to Florida with a rocking rally and march through Tampa!Now that is what we call a warm, down-home welcome:More than two weeks after embarking on an odyssey that would ultimately cover 14 states and over 2,000 miles, the Return to Human Rights Tour crew was given a heroes’ welcome by nearly 300 of their closest friends in Tampa on Wednesday, including a massive march (above) from a Publix store to a Wendy’s restaurant, a joyous rally looking to a future of an ever more […]

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VIDEO: The Return to Human Rights Tour returns to Florida and a huge final march and rally at Tampa Wendy’s, Publix!

Farmworkers, students, religious leaders, union members and everyday consumers let Wendy’s, Publix know that the fight for Fair Food only grows stronger the longer they hold out…Yesterday, in the final action of the 14-day, 14-city Return to Human Rights Tour, nearly 300 Floridians converged in Tampa, Florida, to welcome the Coalition of Immokalee Workers home with a massive rally and march from the Publix Greenwise store on Azeele St. to the highly-trafficked Wendy’s restaurant on Kennedy Blvd.  The video above gives you a brief window into what was a truly joyful, vibrant celebration of human rights and the Fair Food movement.And there is still much […]

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North Carolina: “We will keep fighting until Publix comes on board!”

Scores of North Carolinians join CIW in tour of protests, delegations, to Publix across the Tarheel State… Hot on the heels of the recent Fair Food Program worker-to-worker education tour of the state, a group of CIW members and staff from the Alliance for Fair Food piled into a van last week and headed to North Carolina — this time for the Publix campaign.  Fueled by the recent announcement that key Publix supplier Red Diamond had been fined $1.4 million  for farm labor violations after a two-year investigation by the US Department of Labor, the Immokalee crew traveled north to press Publix for a response to the […]

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MEDIA ROUND-UP: Commentators across the World Wide Web take Publix, Wendy’s to task!

National news outlets, social media reflect growing wave of consumer action in Fair Food movement… Between the slew of endorsements and actions in the Wendy’s boycott, and the all-too-predictable headlines revealing systemic labor abuses in the fields of key Publix supplier Tomato Thyme, the Campaign for Fair Food has received its fair share of attention across the world wide web in the past several weeks, from news articles and editorials to social media.  And as any frequent reader of this site knows, that means that it’s about time for an Fair Food movement media round-up!Enjoy!Business leader in Miami Herald letter to the editor:  “I’ve been a loyal Publix […]

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Not in our house! Students call on USF Board of Trustees to reject campus Publix!

CALL TO ACTION: University of South Florida students, community members tell university administration:  “Publix can’t set up shop on our campus until they respect farmworkers’ human rights!”And they want you to help!  Here’s how…Even as students from Florida to New York gear up to join farmworkers for Wendy’s protests as part of the upcoming 2016 Workers’ Voice Tour, students here in Tampa keep cranking up the volume in the Publix campaign!  Just yesterday, the Student / Farmworker Alliance joined with students at the University of South Florida to launch a brand-new call to action demanding that Publix — who is looking to build a […]

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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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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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North Carolina Publix Truth Tour kicks off in Asheville!

Western North Carolina community to Florida-based Publix:  If you want to expand into our community, you must expand your commitment to human rights!Word has come down off the mountain, and the first week of the North Carolina Publix Truth Tour — spent among the turning leaves and brisk fall breezes of the indescribably beautiful mountain community of Asheville (while today the heat index here in Immokalee will top a record 100 degrees…) — was a smashing success.  We have just received our first dispatch from the tour crew making their way across the Tarheel state, where more and more freshly-minted Publix stores are coming online every month as […]

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