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Student/Farmworker Alliance

PHOTO REPORT: Students nationwide give Wendy’s an “F” for failing to respect farmworker women!

Last week, the Student/Farmworker Alliance turned up the heat on Wendy’s with the “Wendy’s, You’re Failing Farmworker Women” national Week of Action!  The high-energy week was kicked off on Monday, October 24th by students from Ohio State University, who stood shoulder to shoulder with the CIW Women’s Group to demand an end to sexual violence in the fields — first with a delegation to OSU President Drake’s office and later on with an action on Wendy’s doorstep at the company’s national headquarters in Dublin, OH. Over the course of the following week, over a dozen schools, from Florida to Vermont, followed […]

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ACTION ALERT: “Wendy’s, You’re Failing Farmworker Women” National Week of Action, Oct. 21-28!

Students step up to the plate, fight side-by-side with farmworker women to end sexual violence in Wendy’s supply chain!Right up until the final days of last spring semester, Wendy’s unconscionable decision to shift its tomato purchases to Mexico rather than participate in the Fair Food Program had students across the country up in arms.  Between the historic rolling Fast for Farmworker Justice and the colorful marches on campuses and in the streets during the Return to Human Rights Tour, students and young people built a forceful wave of protest in support of the Wendy’s Boycott — and they were just getting started.This morning, following the major announcement earlier […]

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THIS WEEK: 60+ student and youth leaders converge on Immokalee for annual Encuentro!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret MeadWith Labor Day weekend in the rearview mirror, the summer of 2017 is officially over and fall is in the air.  On college campuses across the country, that can only mean one thing: The students are back into town!  But while the start of the school year has traditionally meant catching up with friends, buying books, and moving into housing for the next nine months, today’s generation of dedicated, politically awake student leaders is not content with the daily grind of classes, dining halls, and dorm rooms.Between […]

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A Profile in Cowardice…

President Drake, OSU Administration take a stand against students, faculty, faith leaders, international labor rights experts and farmworkers to renew Wendy’s contract for three more years;Administration waits until school year over, students safely at home, to announce decision;Students call for Fair Food Nation to join national call-in action to President Drake’s office today!Last Thursday, Amanda Ferguson, an OSU grad student and one of the student fasters this past March, received the following email from Jay Kassey, Senior Vice President for Administration and Planning at OSU: Dear Amanda,Ohio State worked with Wendy’s actively for two years as it developed a new Code of […]

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“Voluntary codes like the one promulgated by Wendy’s are too often little more than a sham…”

International labor rights expert James Brudney pens powerful op/ed for OSU campus newspaper comparing Fair Food Program and Wendy’s corporate code of conduct;On the FFP: “Twenty-five years ago, few observers in this country would have thought that what CIW and FFP have accomplished was conceivable… The FFP and CIW have secured basic labor standards protections for tens of thousands of tomato pickers.”On Wendy’s code: “Sadly, voluntary codes like the one promulgated by Wendy’s are too often little more than a sham.”Concludes: “I hope that at Ohio State, administrators can listen to the students’ concerns…”In today’s post, we are going to take a closer […]

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“We are called to honor human dignity for all, to honor the dignity of work…”

Dozens of students from Catholic universities join rolling student fast, call on Ohio State University President Michael Drake to keep his word to OSU students and help protect farmworkers’ fundamental human rights!Just as Vanderbilt students broke their 7-day fast earlier this week, dozens of students from four Catholic universities — John Carroll University, Barry University, Georgetown University, and the University of Notre Dame — picked up the torch and organized a series of consecutive 48-hour fasts to carry the national protest action through the weekend.  By bringing the rolling student fast to the hallowed halls of these highly-respected religious institutions, these students […]

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As rolling student fast enters second month, Vanderbilt students answer the call loud and clear!

Like Tampa area fast, Vanderbilt action snowballs, doubles within days of launch and catches the attention of University administration, local media…Following yesterday’s exciting news of the series of 3-day fasts rolling through university campuses in the Tampa Bay region — and of the critical call to action from students at OSU — we have yet another inspiring update today, this time from the parallel student action taking place in Nashville at Vanderbilt University!  But first… A call to action to support OSU student leaders!Quickly, before we jump into the action in Tennessee, we want to remind everyone that makes up the vast Fair […]

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PHOTO REPORT: Nationwide student fast keeps rolling!

New College, Valencia College students break five-day fast, vow to continue the Campaign:  “This University will continue to fight for the rights of farmworkers, and for all human rights”…Students at Vanderbilt, University of Tampa, Eckerd College and University of South Florida take up the torch as national rolling student fast for farmworker justice continues!After five long days of fasting — an act that inspired more than 80 of their fellow New College students, as well as college President Donal O’Shea, to fast alongside them — five students from New College of Florida and Valencia College broke bread with farmworkers from Immokalee on Good Friday following a picket […]

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“Keep your word! Cut the contract with Wendy’s!” OSU students take demands to Board of Trustees meeting!

PLUS: Students at New College of Florida begin five-day fast in solidarity with OSU’s Boot the Braids campaign!Last month, farmworkers from Immokalee and hundreds of allies converged on Columbus, Ohio, for a major mobilization and parade at the peak of the Return to Human Rights Tour, just as 19 students and alumni of OSU broke a 7-day fast for farmworker justice:But although the fast ended that day, students at OSU — and across the country — were in fact just getting started.  Just a day after last week’s reflection on this website on the relationship between Ohio State University and the Wendy’s Corporation, OSU’s President Michael Drake […]

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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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