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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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Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort: “I’m hungry for freedom! I’m hungry for justice! And I’m hungry for a Fair Food commitment from Wendy’s…”

Return to Human Rights Tour unites with social justice movements, past and present, in Atlanta, Georgia!Fresh off an exciting launch at the University of Florida in Gainesville, farmworkers from Immokalee and their allies arrived in Atlanta yesterday for Day 2 of the Return to Human Rights Tour.  After catching up on some much-needed rest at the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church on the outskirts of the historic city, the tour crew headed into the city proper to get ready for an evening rush hour action at Wendy’s.Before starting the protest, however, CIW members took the afternoon hours to tour Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, a powerful, […]

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And they’re off! The Return to Human Rights Tour hits the ground running in Gainesville…

“Wendy’s, prepare yourself:  Today, we begin this tour for human rights, because we are all human beings and we all deserve respect…”After many months of preparation and organizing, CIW members and a core group of allies set out from Immokalee yesterday before dawn on an unseasonably cool spring morning for the 14-city Return to Human Rights Tour!  Today, we bring you the first of the tour’s media reports, rounding up photo, video, and press highlights from the road so that — in the lead up to the Parade for Human Rights on March 26th in Columbus, where the Immokalee crew will join with students from OSU and Columbus […]

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Alliance for Fair Food announces National Day of Prayer and Fasting in support of OSU student fast!

As CIW members and allies in Immokalee put the finishing touches on banners and theater sets for the Return to Human Rights Tour, the Alliance for Fair Food calls for a National Day of Prayer and Fasting in support of OSU students’ fast on March 24th…The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pens a powerful letter urging Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program and inviting Presbyterians to participate in next week’s call to pray and fast!Next week, students at the Ohio State University and members of the Columbus community will launch a six-day fast to advance the Wendy’s Boycott and the campaign to cut Wendy’s campus […]

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ACTION ALERT: Students at Ohio State University call for support from Fair Food Nation!

This morning, we bring you a breaking announcement from the Student/Farmworker Alliance network:Yesterday, the administration of The Ohio State University canceled a long-awaited meeting with students regarding whether or not the university would uphold its commitment to cut its contract with Wendy’s unless the fast-food giant satisfied students’ concerns over farm labor conditions in its supply chain and joined the Fair Food Program.  The OSU administration postponed the meeting, citing a need to wait to, once again, “hear from Wendy’s.”Fed up with the university’s stalling and broken promises, OSU students responded to the cancelation of the meeting with a march on the administration building on campus to make […]

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BREAKING:  OSU students, Columbus community announce weeklong fast in lead up to Return to Human Rights Tour!

“We are fasting in solidarity with farmworkers who have had to go hungry while harvesting the food we all eat because of Wendy’s indifference to their exploitation…”Just this morning, members of Ohio Fair Food — including students at The Ohio State University as well as Columbus, Ohio, community leaders — announced that they will be launching a weeklong fast on March 20th, in a major escalation of the Wendy’s boycott.How did we get here?  Two years ago, students on the campus of The Ohio State University launched a campaign to “Boot the Braids,” holding their university accountable to its own purported commitment to real social […]

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It’s still a pig…

Wendy’s latest public relations ploy in response to Campaign for Fair Food isn’t fooling anyone…Sometimes, you just have to hand it to Wikipedia.  It can be a wonderful resource, with clear, concise definitions of just about every concept under the sun.  Here’s a good example, brought to mind by the very latest news out of Wendy’s public relations department:Lipstick on a pig – Wikipedia To put “lipstick on a pig” is a rhetorical expression, used to convey the message that making superficial or cosmetic changes is a futile attempt to disguise the true nature of a product.The latest “news” from Wendy’s PR shop… Earlier this […]

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Buyer beware… or not…

A case of slavery, a buyer’s silence, and the Fair Food Program… In our last post, we shared the news of last week’s $3.5 million judgment against Reyes Tapia-Ortiz, a crewleader who was sued for, among other things, having “engaged in forced labor and related offenses by brandishing a gun, threatening to harm and deport workers for complaining about conditions and not being paid for all their work at legal wages, sexually harassing a female worker, and falsely imprisoning then facilitating the deportation of a worker who stopped working for him,” according to Susan French, a lead attorney for the plaintiffs […]

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$3.5 million judgment closes books on yet another forced labor case in Florida’s fields…

Newest case marks ninth forced labor operation brought to justice by CIW’s Anti-Slavery Program since 1997, demonstrates enduring perils of fields beyond the reach of the Fair Food Program…On February 10, a Federal District Court Judge in Ft. Myers, Florida, ordered Reyes Tapia-Ortiz, a crewleader for Clewiston, FL-based C&C Farms, to pay $3.5 million dollars in damages to five farmworkers from Mexico and Guatemala.  Last year, the court found that Tapia-Ortiz had, “engaged in forced labor and related offenses by brandishing a gun, threatening to harm and deport workers for complaining about conditions and not being paid for all their work at […]

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TOMORROW: Send a heartfelt Fair Food message to Wendy’s for Valentine’s Day!

ACTION ALERT: Melt that frosty heart!  Send Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor a special message on February 14th to let him know you will boycott Wendy’s until they join the Presidential Medal-winning Fair Food Program…Last week, the CIW released a must-see, 30-second spoof (above) of Wendy’s Super Bowl commercial to wide acclaim.  The CIW’s video — which has reached a whopping 17,000 views since the big game, and continues to climb — exposed a fundamental contradiction in Wendy’s new pitch: Even if the fast-food chain’s burger patties aren’t be frozen, it’s corporate heart most certainly is.  But if the history of the Campaign for Fair Food offers any insight […]

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