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During this week's Sustainer Drive, we have examined the Fair Food movement from multiple angles: the inner workings of the Fair Food Program's mechanisms and enforcement power; the boundless promise of the Worker-driven Social Responsibility model for workers in other industries; the ever-growing Campaign for Fair Food; and of course, the impact of the program in the lives of workers themselves. 

Pulling back to look at the Fair Food mosaic as a whole, one thing becomes abundantly clear:  Despite all the unprecedented progress we have made in fighting for fundamental human rights in the fields, there is still much to be done.  How can you help us tackle the work that lies ahead?  Become a Fair Food Sustainer today, and every single dollar you donate each month will go to the hard work of making human rights real – and to expanding those rights to more and more workers – every week, every month, every year.

And remember:  This week, a generous Sustainer has gone above and beyond by offering a matching donation of up to $5,000 for any of the sustaining donations that we get this week!  Don't miss the opportunity to make your sustaining donation count double.

Today, we hand the mic over to the women and men who have turned inspiration into action over the past two decades.  We want to share the stories and wisdom of students and young people, community and faith leaders, and of course, farmworkers, who are the real-life, everyday champions of the Fair Food movement. 

Click here to hear their stories!

Feeling inspired?  Head over to the Fair Food Sustainer page and sign up today!

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“The movement of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has seeded grassroots movements around the country…”

June 19, 2019

The promise of Worker-driven Social Responsibility:  “[The CIW’s] visionary leadership and unceasing support played a key role in the launch of Milk with Dignity, a worker-driven social responsibility program that is transforming the dairy industry, just as the Fair Food Program has transformed the tomato industry, to ensure respect and dignity for workers.” In August of 2017, we woke up to a stunning, and quite unexpected, article that had just come out in the Harvard Business Review.  There – on a list that also included car seats, Sesame Street, and the cure for polio – was the Fair Food Program, […]

Worlds apart: Life with – and without – the protections of the Fair Food Program…

June 18, 2019

“I have been working in the fields for 37 years,” she said. “And before, there was nothing.  No shade, no water.  But today, that has changed.  Thank God for the Coalition.” As you read this, the Fair Food Program Education Team – a seasoned group of educators, armed with human rights booklets and large-scale drawings depicting common scenes from the fields – is winding through the backroads of South Carolina, visiting tomato farms near Beaufort.  Each summer, thousands of workers travel north to follow the tomato harvest from Florida to New Jersey.  And every summer for the past four years, the […]

“We are building a road forward, and we will never go back.”

June 17, 2019

“Before, if you spoke out, you would be fired. Tomorrow, don’t come, there’s no work for you.  But now that we are united, we have strength… We are building a road forward, and we will never go back.” – Farmworker on a Fair Food Program farm, June 2018 One year ago, we dedicated a single summer week to one purpose:  Building a stronger foundation for the future of the Fair Food Program by inviting both longtime and brand-new Campaign for Fair Food supporters to become Fair Food Sustainers. This week, we need you – and your loved ones, and your […]

Australian news hub: The Fair Food Program is “the kind of change we need to see if we’re to eradicate sexual harassment once and for all.”

June 14, 2019

Independent Australia highlights Fair Food Program, calls on business leaders to take action: “…those leaders brave enough to face the problem and commit to solving it have much to gain, not the least of which is a positive impact on the bottom line.” Even Down Under, the Fair Food Program is blowing up! An excellent article came out yesterday on the escalating crisis of sexual harassment and assault in Australia, published by the Independent Australia news hub.  For anyone unfamiliar with the Australian news media landscape, Independent Australia is a fantastic journal focusing on “politics, democracy, the environment, Australian history and Australian […]

Part One: Report from Wendy’s 2019 annual shareholder meeting…

June 11, 2019

RFK Human Rights Executive Director Kerry Kennedy: “Why have you rejected a proven, verifiable solution, called for by farmworkers, consumers, and investors alike, knowing you could end injustice and bring your greenhouse suppliers into the Fair Food Program?”  Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor:  “We feel like we’re actually protecting workers’ rights…” Meeting Recap… Last week, Wendy’s corporate leaders gathered at the fast-food giant’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, just outside of Columbus, for their annual shareholder meeting.  The company’s top brass – CEO Todd Penegor, Board Chairman and top shareholder Nelson Peltz, and Chief Communications Officer Liliana Esposito – assembled to report […]

Alliance for Fair Food announces “Faith in Fair Food” Summer Tour!

June 4, 2019

Faith communities make plans to turn up the heat on Wendy’s across the state of Florida, from Orlando to Tampa, Miami, Homestead, Ft. Lauderdale, Naples, and Sarasota this summer! Hot on the heels of the announcement of this summer’s Boot the Braids Tours, during which students and farmworkers will be mobilizing to kick Wendy’s off campuses from coast to coast, the Alliance for Fair Food has announced another major mobilization right here in Fair Food’s home state of Florida: the “Faith in Fair Food” Tour!  As we saw in Gainesville during the final stop of this spring’s 4 for Fair Food […]

New survey of corporate leaders shows Wendy’s WAY behind the curve on social responsibility…

May 30, 2019

Elizabeth Ricardo, Peet’s Coffee: “We’re at a tipping point because of the extreme landscape of conversations around social issues. We’re doubling down on what our values are.” First, a quick recap: Readers of this site will remember that, earlier this month, Wendy’s was caught in a social media maelstrom that left more than a bit of egg on the fast-food giant’s face.  Not only did the episode – sparked by an Instagram post by comedian Amy Schumer calling on her millions of followers to boycott Wendy’s for its refusal to join the Fair Food Program – serve to spread the […]

Student/Farmworker Alliance leaders announce back-to-back #BootTheBraids Truth Tours for summer 2019!

May 23, 2019

This summer, farmworkers from Immokalee and SFA organizers will embark on five regional “Boot the Braids” Truth Tours to expose the dangerous, inhumane conditions workers face outside the protections of the Fair Food Program and Wendy’s absurd social responsibility shell game… Mark your calendars, because Fair Food is coming to a town near you this summer! This past weekend, members of the 2019 Steering Committee — the national leadership body of the Student/Farmworker Alliance — made the trek from their respective corners of the country to Philadelphia for a weekend full of strategizing, skill-building and planning for major upcoming events […]

Author Bernice Yeung highlights the Fair Food Program as model for ending sexual harassment on economics podcast, “Who Makes Cents”…

May 21, 2019

Journalist, author Bernice Yeung on the Fair Food Program as a tool to end sexual harassment in the workplace: “Because the workers themselves know that they are helping establish how the farm is being evaluated, that they’re one of many workers, they become the eyes and ears of the [Fair Food] Program.  They know that they’re empowered to change the culture of [the company].” In the fall of last year, investigative journalist Bernice Yeung published her first book, titled In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers, a powerful volume that encapsulates years […]

Fair Food-inspired article from the Bitter Southerner wins 2019 James Beard Media Award!

May 17, 2019

CIW’s Nely Rodriguez:  “During the fast, I found myself reflecting on the things I’ve seen, like the mothers here who have to get up extremely early to drop their kids off at daycare or school, but under the Fair Food Program, that is no longer the case. If we can make this Program expand, those things will change…” Late last month, the James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its annual James Beard Awards, which shine a spotlight on journalists, chefs, activists, and others, who are making waves in the food world.  For some context, the CIW’s Co-Founders Greg Asbed […]