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THIS WEEK: 60+ student and youth leaders converge on Immokalee for annual Encuentro!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret MeadWith Labor Day weekend in the rearview mirror, the summer of 2017 is officially over and fall is in the air.  On college campuses across the country, that can only mean one thing: The students are back into town!  But while the start of the school year has traditionally meant catching up with friends, buying books, and moving into housing for the next nine months, today’s generation of dedicated, politically awake student leaders is not content with the daily grind of classes, dining halls, and dorm rooms.Between […]

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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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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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Mailbag! A letter from the Fair Food Nation to Immokalee…

[hupso title=”Inspired by @FoodChainsFilm, DC middle schoolers sell lemonade for farmworker justice!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2015/05/mailbag-middle-school/”] Inspired by “Food Chains,” DC middle schoolers sell lemonade for farmworker justice! “Fair” is one of the first words we learn when we need to distinguish right from wrong in the world.  “That’s not fair!” is a universal childhood lament that echoes across playgrounds, streets, and backyards around the country and across generations.  Indeed, children come into this world with an innate sense of justice, an inner compass that reels when things are not right, or fair, around them. We here in Immokalee were reminded of that precious quality of youth late last week, when we received a remarkable letter from two […]

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National student boycott against Wendy’s picks up major steam!

[hupso title=”National @Sfalliance student boycott against @Wendys picks up major steam!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2015/04/wendys-boycott-update/”] U of Michigan declares official boycott; Students on over a dozen campuses take to the streets (and food courts) for Weekend of Action… Since Ohio State University’s declaration of a national student boycott of Wendy’s at last month’s Concert and Parade for Fair Food, word of the student-led action has spread to university campuses across the US! From the east coast to the west, students have grown tired of waiting on Wendy’s to make a real commitment to farmworkers’ human rights by joining the Fair Food Program.   And last month’s news of Wendy’s unconscionable […]

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Better late than never… A Labor Day action report from the Publix AND Wendy’s fronts!

[hupso title=”Better late than never… A Labor Day action report from the @Publix and @Wendys fronts!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/09/labor-day/”] After a relatively quiet summer — punctuated, of course, by some great protests around the country — the Fair Food Nation marked the end of the season with two gorgeous, creative actions for Labor Day (yes, we know Labor Day was last weekend, but we had a busy week this past week!).  Instead of heading to the beach, farmworkers and allies packed their cars with brightly colored artwork and bullhorns, determined to celebrate the true meaning of Labor Day by recognizing the invaluable contribution of the men and women who work hard […]

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Boot the Braids!… Student-led Wendy’s campaign set to hit the road running this coming school year!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”Immokalee prepares for #2014Encuentro! Students & youth from #FairFoodNation make plans for @Wendys this fall…” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/08/encuentro/”] With the annual Student/Farmworker Alliance “Encuentro” just around the corner, student and youth leaders of the Fair Food Nation train their sights on Wendy’s with an echo of the seminal “Boot the Bell” campus-based movement…  It’s that time of year again, as the first cool breezes of fall break months of summer heat and students across the country prepare for the new school year ahead.  Of course, in Immokalee, preparing for the new school year can only mean one thing: the Student/Farmworker Alliance […]

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Ohio Freedom School scholars take up the Fair Food banner!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#Ohio Freedom School scholars take up #FairFood banner!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/08/ohio-freedom-scholars”] 40+ youth march through streets of Columbus to local Wendy’s, are barred from entering store… From the Tour de Fair Food in Denver earlier this month to July’s convergence of young food justice leaders in Albuquerque, young consumers across the country have taken to the streets this summer to send a message to Wendy’s: We care about poverty and exploitation behind the food we eat, and we won’t eat at Wendy’s until the hamburger giant does its part to support the CIW’s Fair Food Program. Not to be outdone, a group of young people in Columbus, Ohio, brought their own creativity and energy to […]

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