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Out with the old…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#HappyNewYear! Take a look back at #FairFoodNation during busy & wildly successful #2013 ” url=”″] Not so fast!  We take a look back at 2013 — the year the Fair Food Program proved its mettle and won acclaim from the White House to the United Nations — before heading into what is sure to be a huge 2014… The New Year is upon us.  The holidays are over, students are back at school, workers back at work, and the Fair Food Program — which never really takes a holiday — is ready for a busy new year of education, […]

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A good couple of days for Fair Food… Part 2

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”Part 2 of @CIW’s fruitful trip to #NYC! Plans for upcoming @FoodChainsFilm & fair blueberries” url=”″] Following the exciting Roosevelt Medal ceremony, CIW team meets with allies on two important new fronts in the Fair Food movement! The photo above is a still from a compelling new documentary on farm labor in the United States entitled “Food Chains.”  The film, which is in the final stages of production and is planned to premiere in early 2014, focuses primarily on the CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food and the Fair Food Program as a solution to the longstanding exploitation and abuse […]

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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=”″] “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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It’s been an action-packed few days in New York City!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@CIW honored in #NYC with #FourFreedoms award & 100+ turn out at @Wendys action!” url=”″] CIW honored in historic St. James Episcopal Church with Freedom from Want medal; 100+ turn out at New York Wendy’s action! It has been a whirlwind of activity these past couple of days in New York — such a whirlwind, in fact, that we have not had a free moment to share an update on all of the exciting things happening!  Rest assured, however, that we will send along a full update as soon as possible, with a complete report on both the stirring Four Freedoms […]

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Join CIW members this week for the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Awards ceremony, Wendy’s action in
New York!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@CIW heading up to #NYC for @rooseveltinst’s Four Freedoms Award, plus @Wendys action!” url=”″] CIW heads to New York for full schedule of celebration and action: Freedom From Want Medal ceremony, Food Sovereignty Prize ceremony, and a Wendy’s Action! After many months of anticipation, the CIW is on the road to the Big Apple for a week of celebration and, of course, action. In true CIW fashion, we are hitting the ground running in New York with a protest at Wendy’s this very afternoon. We are proud to say that we will be joined at the Wendy’s action by this year’s […]

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Willie Nelson, fellow Farm Aid artists, congratulate CIW on Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@willienelson, @FarmAid congratulate @CIW on Freedom from Want Medal!” url=”″] Note underscores common vision of a just agricultural system “which benefits workers, as well as farmers and eaters — in other words, all of us.”   Country legend and longtime food justice activist Willie Nelson wrote to the CIW last month with a powerful message of solidarity prompted by the announcement of the CIW’s selection to receive the 2013 Roosevelt Freedom from Want Medal.  He wrote in his capacity as President of Farm Aid, the organization launched in the wake of the historic 1985 Farm Aid concert and dedicated to […]

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Press Release: Wendell Berry, Paul Krugman, CIW comment on upcoming Four Freedoms Awards…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”CIW, Wendell Berry, Paul Krugman comment Upcoming #FourFreedoms Award in #NYC in Oct!” url=”″] Roosevelt Institute announces time, place for October awards gala!  The October 16th award ceremony in New York City is approaching, and this week the Roosevelt Institute issued a press release with details on the upcoming gala  and quotations from the various laureates — including novelist and environmental activist Wendell Berry and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman — on the significance of the prestigious award.   Paul Krugman, who will receive the Freedom of Speech and Expression Medal “for challenging economic orthodoxy and advancing a more […]

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President Jimmy Carter writes letter to CIW following 2013 Roosevelt Freedom from Want Medal

Last week’s news of the CIW’s selection for the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom from Want Medal brought many kind words of congratulations from around the worlds of human rights and food justice.

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A 4th to Remember: CIW honored as 2013 Four Freedoms Award Laureate!

With Independence Day just around the corner, CIW members and Fair Food activists everywhere can celebrate with added cheer this year, as the CIW has been selected to receive the Roosevelt Institute’s prestigious Freedom from Want Medal for 2013 in recognition of our two decades of work on behalf of farmworkers’ human and economic rights and the unprecedented advances of the Fair Food Program!

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