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Farmworker women to Wendy’s CEO: “Sexual violence has been our daily bread for decades”…

CIW Women’s Group pens powerful letters to Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor & Board Chair Nelson Peltz to educate company leaders on farmworker women’s struggle against sexual harassment and assault in the fields, request meeting to discuss sexual violence against women in Wendy’s supply chain face-to-face;Penegor and Peltz’s response to date?  Two weeks of silence, and counting…Also: CIW puts final touches on impressive “Harvest without Violence” mobile exhibit as workers in Immokalee and Ohio allies prepare for next Monday’s big action at Wendy’s headquarters!Two weeks ago, the CIW Women’s Group sent a letter to Wendy’s CEO, Mr. Todd Penegor, and another to Wendy’s […]

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ANNOUNCING: Farmworker women launch “Harvest without Violence” campaign to end sexual violence in Wendy’s supply chain!

This fall, CIW Women’s Group hits the road with major Wendy’s Boycott mobilizations in Columbus (Oct. 14-23), NYC (Nov. 10-20), launching new mobile museum on sexual violence in agriculture…CIW Women’s Group:  “If we don’t speak up, we give up, and we will never give up.  We are building a path of respect and dignity for ourselves, for our daughters, for all workers.”If you had a choice between purchasing a tomato from:a) a farm where you know farmworker women face a daily barrage of vulgar comments, rampant sexual violence, and unchecked retaliation for speaking out about abuse, orb) a farm where you know women are treated with respect, and abusers face […]

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BREAKING: CIW to join Abby Wambach, Glennon Doyle on national Together Live Tour!

NEXT WEEK:  CIW takes the Fair Food message on the road to eight major U.S. cities, launches Fair Food Sisters campaign… Back in early July, when New York Times bestselling author Glennon Doyle and U.S. Women’s Soccer superstar Abby Wambach came to visit the CIW in Immokalee, the beginnings of a powerful new partnership — and friendship — were forged.  Indeed, in the months since then, Abby and Glennon have brought their strategic insight, unshakeable determination, and hard-earned celebrity to the Fair Food movement and the fight to bring respect and dignity to the country’s fields.Today, we are thrilled to announce the first of what will surely […]

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María José Fletcher, longtime CIW partner in fight against human trafficking and gender-based violence, recognized by U2’s Bono and the ONE Campaign!

María José Fletcher, a human rights attorney and co-founder of Miami-based VIDA Legal Assistance — a longtime CIW partner dedicated to helping survivors of violence, with a particular focus on immigrants and women — was shocked to learn this past June that she had been selected for recognition by U2’s lead singer Bono and his ONE Campaign.  In speaking to the Miami Herald in a recent article about her recognition, María José was typically self-effacing:“Seeing my face among all these other amazing women, who are my role models, I was very humbled,” Fletcher told the Miami Herald. “I didn’t feel that I should have been there. I […]

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New York Times talks sexual harassment in the fields, letter cites Fair Food Program’s unique success in preventing abuse!

Sanjay Rawal, director of “Food Chains,” in letter to editor of NYT: “The problem is real. But so is the solution — and it deserves mention.”Earlier this month, the New York Times published a hard-hitting op/ed by two longtime California-based farmworker rights activists, Jose Padilla of California Rural Legal Assistance and David Bacon, an independent author and photojournalist.  The piece, entitled “Protect Female Farmworkers,” took an unblinking look at the problem of sexual harassment and assault of female farmworkers in the US agricultural industry, cataloged the obstacles to remedy for women who have suffered sexual violence and sought justice, and suggested a possible […]

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A cautionary tale: Farmworker women win massive judgment in sexual assault, retaliation case against Florida farm…

EEOC case a powerful reminder of:1) The ongoing epidemic of sexual violence in Florida’s fields outside the bounds of the Fair Food Program, and2) The hypocrisy of retailers and the failure of the corporate social responsibility approach to stop the violence.Last Friday’s announcement of a massive jury verdict in favor of five farmworker women who filed sexual assault and retaliation complaints against Moreno Farms (a small, now defunct eggplant, tomato, and squash farm outside of Immokalee) provides a valuable moment for reflection on the urgent need for justice in Florida’s fields and the failure of existing systems — from the […]

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Fair Food Program front and center at international Women’s Forum in Milan!

[hupso title=”.@FairFoodProgram front and center at international Women’s Forum in Milan!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2015/07/womens-forum-milan/”]“Providing a model and inspiration to workers’ and human rights organizations around the world…”Last week, in Milan, Italy, human rights leaders, CEOs and cultural icons gathered for the annual Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, coinciding with the 2015 Expo Milano.  Some 500 participants from across the globe came together to discuss issues relating to food systems, nutrition, and gender under the umbrella of the forum’s theme, “Nurturing a Sustainable Future.”Among the key speakers for the weeklong event was the Fair Food Program’s own Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, Director of the Fair Food Standards Council, who presented along with small […]

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Fair Food Program featured on Catapult’s front page!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#FairFoodProgram featured on @WeCatapult’s front page! Help #farmworker women end #sexualharassment in the fields today!” url=”http://ciw-online.org”] First, as a brief refresher:  Earlier this year, we got connected with Catapult, the World Wide Web’s premier crowdfunding site for women’s rights, curated by the likes of everyone from Beyónce Knowles to John Legend.  Big names aside — at its core, this tool draws on the power of many people coming together to affect change, much like the rest of the movement for Fair Food.  Earlier this summer, we launched the “Ensure dignity and respect for farmworkers” project, an effort to raise $25,000 in […]

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Help us ensure dignity and respect for farmworker women!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”Help ensure dignity & respect for #farmworker women!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/”] Catapult launches new crowdfunding project to support expansion of the Fair Food Program… Earlier this year, the Fair Food Program won the support of Catapult, a pioneering crowdfunding platform that works with groups around the globe to advance the rights of women and girls.  And today, we have the great pleasure of announcing the launch of the Catapult online campaign, “Ensure dignity and respect for farmworkers” — an effort to raise $25,000 in 150 days to help pay for a new auditor for the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC), the Fair Food Program’s indispensable third-party monitoring […]

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Two excellent articles look at gains for women farmworkers under Fair Food Program…

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”Welcome to the tomato fields of Florida. Welcome to the future.” url=”the URL”] “Welcome to the tomato fields of Immokalee, Florida. Welcome to the future.” Two recent articles turned the spotlight on the changing conditions for women in Florida’s tomato fields thanks to the Fair Food Program, and they both came away impressed with what they found. The first, entitled “For women farmworkers of Immokalee NOW IS THE TIME!,” begins by setting today’s exciting changes against the backdrop of the CIW’s two decades of organizing: In Florida’s tomato fields, and across the United States, women tomato pickers and farmworkers – […]

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