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 5 months to support a new staff member at the Fair Food Standards Council, the essential third-party monitoring body of the Fair Food Program.
Among the many changes taking place in Florida’s fields under the Fair Food Program, few are so transformative as the power women farmworkers now have to end sexual violence — to denounce harassmenet when it occurs, to have their report be swiftly and thoroughly investigated, and to watch the offender face losing his job. The Fair Food Standards Council plays a crucial role in every step of that process, and as we look ahead to expanding the Program, we will need all hands on deck to bring an end to sexual violence in Florida tomatoes and beyond.
This month, we have a real opportunity to make the project take off: it’s being featured on Catapult’s front page! If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at the project yet, make sure to head over to Catapultand join the dozens of other members of the Fair Food Nation who have become supporters. There aremany ways to support the Catapult project. To name a few:
- Contribute to the project yourself! Every little bit makes a difference.
- Follow the CIW on Twitter and Facebook and help spread the word.
- Start a “Team” of friends and family to support the project.
Thank you, as always — and stay tuned for more from the Campaign for Fair Food in the weeks to come!