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What a year it was! 2015 Fair Food Year in Review…

After a year packed with such spectacular highlights, 2016 promises to be a pivotal year for the Fair Food movement…It’s that time of year again, when we take a moment to look back on the events of the past year — on the remarkable progress we have all made together in just twelve short months — and to reflect on what new advances, and challenges, the year ahead might hold for the Fair Food movement.2015 was a banner year in the fight for Fair Food, so much so that choosing which stories to highlight was no easy task!  The year wasn’t a week old […]

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CIW, worker organizations from around the country, join President Obama at White House Summit on Worker Voice!

Day-long gathering tackles tough questions facing 21st century worker movement…“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”Those were the words of AFSCME President Lee Saunders as quoted by President Obama in his opening remarks at last week’s historic White House Summit on Worker Voice.  The President cited the colorful expression to capture the declining fortunes of organized labor in the US over the past several decades and the resulting demise of good, stable middle class jobs.  The many challenges facing workers today — both workers as represented by traditional unions and those beyond unions’ reach, from farmworkers in the fields to […]

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“This Human Rights Group Is A Model For How The U.S. Can End Slave Labor…”

[hupso title=”This #HumanRights Group is a Model for How the U.S. Can End Slave Labor…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2015/02/huffpo-wendys/”] Huffington Post highlights CIW’s Presidential Medal, model for ending slave labor; Wendy’s campaign starts heating up for Valentine’s Day! Today, we bring you two quick hits from the Fair Food front!   First up, the Huffington Post just published an excellent piece on the CIW’s fight to end modern-day slavery, prompted by last month’s big White House news.  The article lays out the unprecedented results of the Fair Food Program, then goes on to break down the model itself, which offers a blueprint for the prevention of slavery, […]

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Reactions to Presidential Medal nod to CIW history, power of Fair Food Program…

[hupso title=”Reactions to Presidential Medal nod to @CIW history, power of @FairFoodProgram” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2015/02/reactions-presidential-medal/”] From the mainstream media to the blogosphere to twitter, news of the CIW’s reception of the Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking traveled far and wide last week, and we’ve collected some of the highlights for you here. Let’s start with the Ft. Myers News-Press, the paper of record for the Fair Food movement.  The News-Press went straight to a source — former Chief Assistant US Attorney Doug Molloy — who has not only known the CIW’s work for the better part of two […]

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CIW receives Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts in Combatting Modern-Day Slavery at White House Forum!

 Sec. Kerry: “This is an extraordinary accomplishment, and reminds all of us not just of the work that we have to do, but that dedicated individuals, like those here with us today from the Coalition, can strike out against injustice, break down barriers, and make a world of difference.”Yesterday was a landmark day in the history of CIW’s fight for farm labor justice.Twenty years ago, workers rose up in the fields and in the dusty streets of a dirt-poor town by the strange name of Immokalee to demand an end to the systematic violation of their fundamental human rights.  The CIW was born in those […]

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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=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=17719″] 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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CIW speaks at White House on FFP’s power to prevent slavery!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@CIW speaks at @WhiteHouse on FFP’s power to prevent #slavery!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=16511″] CIW’s Laura Germino speaks on Fair Food Program on plenary panel at “Taking Action to Eradicate Modern-day Slavery”… Earlier this year, President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships issued its report, “Building Partnerships to Eradicate Modern-day Slavery,” in which the Council was tasked with investigating the landscape of today’s anti-slavery movement and presenting the President with recommendations for strengthening the federal government’s efforts to combat slavery through partnerships with NGOs.  Readers of this site will remember that the CIW was featured prominently in the final report, singled out […]

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White House recognizes CIW’s Fair Food Program!

CIW’s early anti-slavery efforts called “spark that ignited a movement” at White House ceremony… At the first-ever White House Forum to Combat Human Trafficking last week — an event that involved everyone from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State John Kerry — the CIW and the Fair Food Program were front and center. The Fair Food Program was singled out in a major new report of recommendations to the President as “one of the most successful and innovative programs” in the world today in the fight to uncover — and prevent — […]

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