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Univision: “In Mexico’s fields, farmworkers live as if they were slaves every day”…

Human rights report: “In addition there is organized crime.  In the last decade, more than 200 farmworkers have disappeared in this country without a trace.”What does Wendy’s have to say about its produce partner of choice?  Not a thing…When the CIW announced its call for a national boycott of fast-food giant Wendy’s on March 5th, 2016, in New York City, Lupe Gonzalo declared:“Wendy’s hasn’t only refused to sign an agreement with farmworkers here, they are trying to escape responsibility by buying tomatoes in Mexico where there is still exploitation, taking advantage of the poverty of those workers where there is still forced labor, sexual abuse, […]

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MEDIA ROUND-UP: From NYC to Palm Beach, Wendy’s Board Chair Nelson Peltz’s hometown papers lift up Fair Food…

Following protests in New York City and West Palm Beach, national and local news shine spotlight on Wendy’s refusal to join the Fair Food Program and do its part to support efforts to end sexual violence against women in the fields…Last Sunday afternoon, farmworker women and their families, alongside South Florida allies, kept a fall season of action rolling with a protest at the Wendy’s restaurant nearest to Nelson Peltz’s multi-million dollar Palm Beach mansion. The colorful picket was hard to miss as cars drove down Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, a principal thoroughfare connecting West Palm Beach and the exclusive community of Palm Beach Island.Indeed, […]

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U of Michigan Report: “The Fair Food Program is the most comprehensive social responsibility program in the U.S.”

The Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights’ recommendation to the University of Michigan President: “Become a signatory of the Fair Food Program.”Meanwhile, UMich and Ohio State students team up to Boycott Wendy’s at this season’s rivalry football game!There is big news out of the University of Michigan this season, and it has nothing to do with the Wolverines’ unfortunate fall from grace in the college football rankings this year.  Rather, it has to do with food justice, and a brand new report on the University’s growing commitment to leverage its market power to help bring “about significant changes in the level of […]

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CIW’s Lupe Gonzalo on Nelson Peltz refusal to meet following massive march in NYC: “This was not as simple as refusing a group of people…”

“… It was an acceptance of the violence and sexual harassment that continues to happen in the fields.”PHOTO REPORT: 250+ march to the New York offices of Wendy’s Board Chair Nelson Peltz to demand an end to sexual violence against women farmworkers!During Manhattan’s packed rush hour on Monday evening, well over two hundred consumer allies from around New York City – and from as far away as Boston and Washington, DC – joined a group of two dozen farmworker women, men, and children from Immokalee to march from a Wendy’s franchise to the Park Avenue offices of Wendy’s Board Chairman, […]

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TODAY: Stand with farmworker women by calling Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz!

CIW Women to Wendy’s leadership:  “We need Wendy’s to join its peers in order to expand these crucial, life-changing gains to the hundreds of thousands of farmworker women who continue to labor under the oppressive conditions that persist beyond the Fair Food Program’s protections.”This afternoon, dozens of CIW members and their children — accompanied by hundreds of New Yorkers and allies from across the Northeast — will march to the offices of Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz in Manhattan.  As we head now into the holiday season, it has been months since the CIW Women’s Group penned a powerful letter to Mr. Peltz, […]

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Can’t-miss radio: Public Radio International story brilliantly captures Fair Food Program success in fight against sexual harassment in the fields!

Public Radio International: “As the list of powerful men accused of sexual harassment grows, a group of women have managed to stop harassment in the tomato fields of Florida…”PLUS: Huge news out of New York… the New York Episcopal Diocese formally endorses the Wendy’s Boycott!Big news is breaking fast these days in the world of Fair Food, so please bear with us as we bring you not one but two headlines in today’s update…First up, if you’ll recall, just a little over two weeks ago a major editorial in the Sunday New York Times singled out the Fair Food Program (FFP) […]

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PHOTO REPORT: Hundreds of allies and farmworkers march in Miami, Washington DC in support of dignity for women in the fields!

Women farmworkers to Wendy’s, Publix:  “We will never go back to the way it was before, living every day with exploitation — we want all women to have the experience of working with dignity.”This past weekend, the brisk fall weather drew hundreds of farmworkers and allies out onto the sidewalks in both Miami, Florida, and Washington, DC, for two high-spirited protests in support of Fair Food.  Galvanized by the explosive national conversation about the widespread epidemic of sexual harassment in the workplace, the marchers took action to put a stop to sexual violence in U.S. agricultural fields — the very fields where observers […]

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Starting today (Friday, 11/10), the Harvest without Violence Campaign hits New York City!

Farmworker women take fight to end sexual violence to the doorstep of Wendy’s Board Chair, Nelson Peltz…CIW Women’s Group to remind Peltz of his fellow CEO’s words of warning (Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook):  “If you know something is happening and you fail to take action, whether you are a man or a woman — especially when you are in power — you are responsible, too.”Starting today, Friday, November 10, and continuing through Nov. 20th, the CIW’s new “Harvest without Violence” mobile exhibit is hitting the Big Apple! After weeks with no response to the CIW Women’s Group’s powerful letter to Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz, farmworkers […]

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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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Part Two: “We are not victims — we are not asking for charity, we are calling for justice!”

Farmworker Women to Wendy’s executives: “We want to work with dignity in the fields.”Last Sunday, farmworkers stood alongside religious leaders from across the city of Columbus, Wendy’s hometown, for a moving interfaith service at First Congregational United Church of Christ.  The next morning, it was time for action. With spirits buoyed by the support of the Columbus community, CIW members headed to Ohio State University carrying a beautiful quilt composed of patches stitched together and designed by Immokalee farmworkers.  The quilt gave voice to the workers’ experiences with sexual harassment and violence in the fields, to their thoughts on the extraordinary transformation brought about […]

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