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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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“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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TODAY: 19 students from Ohio State University, community members from Columbus launch weeklong fast!

Student/Farmworker Alliance:  OSU students, Columbus community launch national call for solidarity as they begin weeklong fast to Boot the Braids!Earlier this month, we shared a breaking announcement of a major escalation in the Wendy’s Boycott:  Students from The Ohio State University and community members from across Columbus declared that they would launch a weeklong fast in the lead up to the Parade for Fair Food on March 26th.Today, those dedicated students and allies are launching their fast, and in so doing they are launching perhaps the most powerful action to date in the national Wendy’s boycott.  These 19 fasters will be bringing the demand for […]

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“Boot the Braids!” rings out across campuses throughout the Midwest and Southeast! 

First round of Wendy’s Boycott tours wraps up with visits to four “Boot the Braids” campuses! Picking up where we left off in last week’s “Behind the Braids” Tours report, we bring you the latest news from the campaign trail (Campaign for Fair Food, that is, also known as the only campaign news you can proudly share with young children these days…).  This time around, even though the tours traced different geographic routes, they had one powerful theme in common:  The student-led movement to “boot” Wendy’s from college campuses until Wendy’s agrees to join the Fair Food Program! From 2001 to 2005, university students on […]

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Break up with Wendy’s this Valentine’s Day Weekend!

Consumers keep turning up the heat on final fast food holdout ahead of next month’s Workers’ Voice Tour…Last week, we put out a call for Fair Food activists to pick up the phone and give Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz a piece of their minds about the fast-food leader’s refusal to join the groundbreaking Fair Food Program.  That, however, was just the beginning for Wendy’s as the Fair Food Nation ramps up for the cross-country Workers’ Voice Tour from Immokalee to New York, Ohio, and back to Palm Beach.  For this coming weekend, the Student / Farmworker Alliance — which has been calling […]

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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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ACTION ALERT! Student / Farmworker Alliance calls on network for Wendy’s Week of Action!

Students to “school Wendy’s on the many ways the fast-food joint has failed to make the grade”…With the academic year now in full swing — and in the wake of the energizing 2015 Encuentro — the Student / Farmworker Alliance is kicking off the school season with its first national Week of Action!  Next week, from Sunday, September 27th to Sunday, October 4th, the SFA is calling on the Alliance for Fair Food network — students and Fair Food allies of all stripes alike — to take action at Wendy’s stores across the country.Straight from the young women and men of the SFA network, here […]

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Watch out, Wendy’s! 100+ Encuentro participants, farmworkers protest for Fair Food…

CIW members, students: “Maybe Wendy’s will continue to refuse to be a part of the Program today — but every day, there are more and more of us, and someday, Wendy’s will sign…”This past weekend, after months of planning and preparation, the Student / Farmworker Alliance hosted the 11th annual Encuentro in Immokalee, where students and young people from around the country gathered for a weekend to lay out a year’s worth plans for the Campaign for Fair Food. Of course, being members of the Fair Food Nation, the weekend’s participants also worked in a bit of action amidst all […]

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Coming Soon: Student/Farmworker Alliance’s 2015 Annual Encuentro!

Scores of students, young people to gather in Immokalee, develop strategy for Publix, Wendy’s campaigns…Each fall, the Campaign for Fair Food takes off with a burst of renewed energy thanks to an annual Immokalee tradition:  The Student/Farmworker Alliance Encuentro!  An action-packed weekend of strategizing and learning for students and youth from all over the country, the Encuentro this year is set for September 10-13.  Check out this year’s invitation, straight from the SFA itself:On September 10-13, SFA is continuing the decade-long Encuentro tradition by bringing together brilliant SFAers – past, present and future – to lay down some solid groundwork for the upcoming year: finding new, creative […]

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Bestselling authors Eric Schlosser, Tracie McMillan weigh in on Fair Food Program!

[hupso title=”Bestselling authors Eric Schlosser, Tracie McMillan weigh in on @FairFoodProgram!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2015/07/schlosser-mcmillan-kiana/”]Schlosser: “Everyone who eats fruits and vegetables should care about the farmworkers who harvest these foods.  Our good health depends upon their hard labor…”Today, we have two excellent stories from the Fair Food network we’d like to share with you.  The first comes from two of the most respected voices on the country’s food system today, the second from a young woman who will help her generation define the priorities of tomorrow’s food system.  Across the generations there is one thing they very much agree on:  It’s not enough for our food to be organic or local, it also must […]

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