CIW’s Fair Food Movement featured among “People and Groups Fighting for a More Equal America” in sweeping Time Magazine special issue out this week including essays and interviews with Rep. John Lewis, Bryan Stevenson, Annette Gordon-Reed, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, and Rev. William J. Barber…

In a deeply moving special issue on newsstands this week — an issue that should be required reading in classrooms and government offices across the nation — Time Magazine takes a look back at the fight for social and economic equality in this country that reached its zenith during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.  And through the prism of that historic movement, against the measure of its hard-fought victories and unachieved dreams, the issue turns its gaze to the many, still-evolving battles for social justice that are the Civil Rights Movement’s legacy today, from criminal justice reform to the ongoing struggle to protect and expand the right of every American to vote.  

Portrait for TIME by Hank Willis Thomas and Digital Domain.

What emerges from Time’s unique project is a remarkable portrait of a more diverse, but still vastly unequal, America in the 21st century.  It reveals a country riven by deep divisions, yet at the same alive with a resilient spirit of hope, embodied in the efforts of a multitude of communities and individuals determined to make real “the ideal of equality on which the nation was founded.”  

And featured prominently among that multitude is the movement of which we all are a part — the fight for Fair Food.  The inclusion of the CIW’s Fair Food Program in the feature article “People and Groups Fighting for a More Equal America” is both deeply humbling and invigorating, but most of all it is timely, coming as it does on the eve of next month’s massive mobilization in New York.  For three days next month, some of this country’s poorest, least powerful workers will leave the fields of rural Florida to march in the streets of lower Manhattan — in the heart of the financial capital of the world — calling on some of this country’s richest, most powerful people to join them in making this world just a little more equal.  Theirs is a humble, yet profound, demand.

The roots of the Fair Food Movement run deep, through the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s, as the Time article rightly asserts.  But they don’t stop there.  Its roots run deeper still, through the decades of daily struggle by unknown millions for dignity and survival against the nightmare of Jim Crow, through the aborted advances of Reconstruction, through the valiant battles of the Abolitionists, down to the very promise that “all men are created equal… endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”  

That same promise of universal human rights that animated Dr. King sixty years ago animates those who will be marching next month in New York.  And Time Magazine’s special edition, Equality Now, is a timely reminder of that timeless struggle.

In announcing the release of the special issue, Edward Felsenthal of Time wrote, “Our hope is that it will not only change the way we see history, but also help awaken in all of us an understanding of the power of our own voice to have a positive impact on the world.”   Join us in New York next month and feel the power of your voice in the growing chorus calling for long-overdue farm labor justice.

Dr. King: “Miles of progress left to be covered”… 

In announcing the release of the special issue, the editors of Time wrote:...





Faith leaders across New York City declare support for NYC Council resolution calling on Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program!…

February 19, 2020

Momentum is growing in NYC ahead of next month’s big march, as thirty New York City clergy, seminary presidents, professors and religious leaders release public letter of support for NYC Council Resolution 1156…  Big news out of the Big Apple! As the buzz around the CIW’s upcoming Follow the Money March begins to reverberate throughout the bustling boroughs of New York City, support for NYC Council Resolution 1156 — introduced last November just days before 500+ New Yorkers marched on Wendy’s in Midtown Manhattan — is getting stronger by the day!   Today, 30 NYC-based religious leaders, from Brooklyn to the Bronx, […]

National Farm Worker Ministry board leaders visit Immokalee, talk Wendy’s Boycott, Fair Food Program…

February 18, 2020

Faith leaders promise to join farmworkers in the streets of New York next month for the big Follow the Money March!… The National Farm Worker Ministry, a longtime CIW ally that amasses the power of 37 faith denominations and organizations together to pursue justice for farmworkers, brought their board of directors to Immokalee to visit the CIW, learn firsthand about the unprecedented advances of the Fair Food Program, and plan for next month’s Follow the Money Wendy’s Boycott March.   From Episcopal Church to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, from the Society of the Sacred Heart to the Alliance of Baptists, these […]

REGISTER NOW: The big Follow the Money March is just one month away!

February 12, 2020

An organizing report, a brand-new website, and a list of caravans from around the country… Here’s all you need to join the CIW’s major spring action in New York City, March 10-12! In less than one month, farmworkers and their families from Immokalee will head north to New York City — the finance capital of the world — for the next major mobilization in the Wendy’s Boycott.   This time around, the action is leading farmworkers and their consumer allies directly to the doorstep of the Wall Street investment firms and funds behind Wendy’s fast-food burger business.  From March 10-12, thousands of […]

Responsible investors: “Wendy’s must join the (Fair Food) program as soon as possible”…

February 10, 2020

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Investors Alliance on Human Rights pen powerful letter to Wendy’s CEO, Board Chair following visit to Immokalee to meet with CIW, study Fair Food Program… “We recognize that Wendy’s has its own Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, Supplier Code of Conduct, and related programs in place. However, this is not enough… In the absence of a meaningful worker-driven model, it is impossible for Wendy’s to know that its policies are working to achieve the company’s stated goals and maintain compliance with legal and human rights expectations.” In early January, socially responsible investors and advisors traveled […]

Dispatches from the student front in the fight for Fair Food ahead of huge Follow the Money March!

January 23, 2020

Student/Farmworker Alliance leaders convene in Immokalee for a face-to-face planning weekend on the Wendy’s Boycott! Student/Farmworker Alliance leaders from across the country come together to turn up the pressure on Wendy’s! Anyone who knows anything about the two-decade old Campaign for Fair Food knows the all-important leadership role students have played in winning the legally-binding agreements — with now fourteen of the world’s leading food brands — that put the teeth behind the groundbreaking Fair Food Program’s human rights standards.  Without those agreements, there would be no market consequences for human rights violations on Fair Food Program farms; without those […]

NYC Jewish, labor leaders pledge to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with farmworkers ahead of City Council vote!

January 21, 2020

NYC City Council Member Mark Levine: “Immokalee is not just, in my opinion, one of the best examples of worker power in America, but globally… But you need allies in this fight. Especially when you’re going up against a corporate Goliath like Wendy’s and that’s why we’re here. “ With the big Follow the Money March less than two months away, things are heating up in New York City!  The NY City Council is gearing up for a vote on a resolution in support of the Fair Food Program, which was introduced by Council Members Mark Levine, Brad Lander, and Helen Rosenthal […]

BREAKING: Women’s Caucus of NYC Council takes fight to end sexual harassment and assault straight to the top at Wendy’s, Trian!

December 13, 2019

NYC Council Women’s Caucus to Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz: “It is here, in New York City, where your office as Chairman of Trian Partners — one of Wendy’s largest shareholders — is located. And so it is here, in New York City, our city, where the power to bring Wendy’s into the Fair Food Program exists.” For many years, the Women’s Caucus of the New York City Council has played a critical leadership role in the fight against sexual harassment in the workplace, both within the City’s five boroughs and beyond its borders.  With the advent of the Time’s […]

New York City Council Members: “Wendy’s, New Yorkers expect better.”

November 25, 2019

New York City Council Members Mark Levine, Brad Lander, and Helen Rosenthal introduce resolution calling “on Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program and support farmworkers’ human rights”! Live in New York? Email your City Council Member TODAY to urge them to support Resolution 1156! Last week, over 500 farmworkers, their families, and supporters from across New York City and the northeast marched through the heart of Manhattan to the hedge-fund offices of Trian Partners, Wendy’s largest shareholder.  As chants of “Boycott Wendy’s” thundered down Park Ave., Council Member Mark Levine rose to the mic to exclaim, “Bienvenidos!” and announce that members of the Big Apple’s […]

500+ march on Wendy’s in NYC: “The longer they hold out, the stronger we become!”

November 21, 2019

From university halls to City Hall, over 500 farmworkers and consumers come together in New York’s streets demanding to know “What are you hiding, Wendy’s?” with day-long protest, march! PLUS: Comic and actor Amy Schumer visits protesters to lend support to farmworkers and their families fighting for justice; and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders endorses Wendy’s Boycott! AND: New York City Council introduces resolution calling on Wendy’s to join award-winning Fair Food Program! In the early hours of Monday morning, over 70 farmworkers, their families, and allies gathered in front of the offices of Trian Partners, Wendy’s largest institutional shareholder, in […]

BREAKING: Park Slope Food Coop in NYC joins forces with CIW to support, expand award-winning Fair Food Program!

November 8, 2019

Park Slope Food Coop: “As our Mission Statement says, ‘We seek to avoid products that depend on the exploitation of others.’ Ethical production and sourcing are among our core values, and our membership has voted overwhelmingly to support the FFP – a first in the nation for a local retailer. The Fair Food Program embodies those values, ensuring that the food we buy each day to feed our families is harvested with dignity and respect for the women and men laboring in the fields.” What:  The launch of a new partnership for farmworker human rights by Park Slope Food Coop and the […]