Students from Haverford College, Temple University, Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore get fired up in Student/Farmworker Alliance’s Boot the Braids Campaign!

Last week, the CIW’s eye-opening Harvest Without Violence Mobile Exhibit traveled from Immokalee, Florida, to the Keystone State for a week-long visit at Haverford College to educate students and community members about the Fair Food Program’s unique success in ending sexual violence and other human rights abuses in the fields.  And that was only the beginning of what proved to be a full-on Fair Food week at Haverford!

Today, we bring you a quick, exciting photo report from the Student/Farmworker Alliance, who lined up back-to-back events in Haverford throughout last week.  Enjoy!

In between studying for midterms and getting out the vote last week, students at Haverford College in Pennsylvania took a pause to stand in solidarity with the women and men who harvest the food we eat.  The John B. Hurford ‘60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, Philadelphia Arts Creative Collective (PACC) Program, Distinguished Visitors Program and Haverford Microfinance and Impact Investing Initiative (MI3) at Haverford College invited CIW’s co-founder Lucas Benitez and Ximena Pedroza of the Student/Farmworker Alliance to debut the Harvest Without Violence Mobile Exhibit at their dining center, educating over 300 students about the alarming rate of sexual harassment and assault confronted by farmworker women in the fields and about the only proven solution in agriculture to end and prevent such abuses: the award-winning Fair Food Program. While touring the exhibit’s legal documents, farmworker testimonies and extensive research, scores of students learned about the Campaign for Fair Food and pledged to boycott Wendy’s until the fast-food chain joins the rest of the industry in protecting farmworkers’ rights.

In addition to the guided tours, the Immokalee team led a series of classroom workshops on the Fair Food Nation’s impressive organizing track record on Thursday, November 8, as well as a keynote speech titled “Holding Goliath Accountable”. Lucas drew from the biblical story of David and Goliath, painting a picture of how farmworkers – as determined and steadfast as David himself – have managed to hold Goliath accountable...





Compass Group USA highlights Fair Food partnership at Restaurant Associate’s Innovation Summit!

November 7, 2018

Today, we bring you a quick and exciting update from the Fair Food label front! This past Friday and Saturday, inside New York City’s historic Prince George Ballroom, the Fair Food Program was on display at Restaurant Associate’s Innovation Summit, organized by one of the Fair Food Program’s participating buyers, Compass Group U.S.A.  Building on years of internal education with the company’s employees and chefs on the FFP’s unique power to protect farmworkers’ rights and dignity in their suppliers’ operations, Compass Group showcased the Program as one of its premier social responsibility initiatives among what Restaurant Associates (RA) calls “the […]

PHOTO REPORT, PART 2: “Boot the Braids” campaign ramps up pressure against university leaders’ dishonorable stance on Wendy’s human rights record…

November 5, 2018

Ohio State, UNC – Chapel Hill, University of Michigan, University of Florida students fight to remove Wendy’s from their campuses until the company respects farmworkers’ rights; Students to UNC Chancellor Carol Folt: “The bottom line is that doing business with Wendy’s — and promoting its brand on campus — associates UNC with a company that has chosen to turn its back on the world’s leading program to end human rights abuses in agriculture.” Last week, we shared the first roundup of creative actions that took place in over a dozen cities as part of the Student/Farmworker Alliance’s “Pulling Back the […]

PHOTO REPORT: Student/Farmworker Alliance turns up the heat on Wendy’s with National Week of Action!

November 1, 2018

Hundreds of students, young people from Coast to Coast get creative in Wendy’s Boycott during “Pulling Back the Curtain on Wendy’s” National Week of Action! Last week, after months of preparation, members of the Student/Farmworker Alliance took action across the country in over a dozen cities for the national “Pulling Back the Curtain on Wendy’s” Week of Action.  Since the school year began, students have been gearing up for last week’s fall actions, all of which shared an unmistakable theme:  You can’t fool this generation with a weak PR game, Wendy’s.  Here was SFA’s original message to the fast food […]

Harvard Business Review: Fair Food Program is “a novel example of how to prevent and address workplace abuse”!

October 29, 2018

CIW’s “efforts use supply-chain reform to eliminate sexual harassment, provid(ing) a novel example of how to prevent and address workplace abuse—a strategy that other industries and organizers can use.” Last week, a feature article in the Harvard Business Review – one of the country’s most prestigious business publications – set out to explore one of the most promising approaches to fighting sexual harassment in the workplace in the wake of the #MeToo movement: “supply-chain reform.”  Care to guess the case study the authors put forth as the leading example of successful “leveraging of consumer, worker, and corporate power” to end […]

Teen Vogue highlights “tireless efforts” of CIW in movement for farmworker rights!

October 19, 2018

“The coalition… has long been a guiding light for the farmworkers’ rights movement…” Today, we bring you highlights from a brand-new article from Teen Vogue, the youth arm of Vogue Magazine with over one million readers – and a surprisingly strong new voice in the country’s growing political conversation! Earlier this week, contributor Kim Kelly published a new in-depth article, titled “Unsung Heroes of Latinx Farmworkers’ Labor Movement, from Maria Moreno to Fast Food Boycotters.”  The piece provides a well-researched  history, dating back decades, of the grassroots efforts of farmworkers to transform U.S. agriculture from California to Florida, particularly highlighting […]

“The Future of Work” Round Table spotlights Fair Food Program, Worker-driven Social Responsibility model!

October 17, 2018

Labor rights experts weigh in on worker exploitation in global supply chains and the Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) model as a proven solution: “It’s about shifting power, resources, and control… in ways that legally obligate companies to prioritize the needs and rights of workers.  Currently WSR is the only way in global supply chains to do that.” “The implications… are massive… It is completely replicable, scalable, implementable…” “…one of the best examples of worker-led labour rights change out there today…” Earlier this month, Open Democracy, the online hub for a global discussion on democracy and human rights, published the first installment of […]

New UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, briefed on Fair Food Program in Geneva!

October 9, 2018

PLUS:  United Nations Business Group on Human Rights highlights Fair Food Program as “best practice” globally in fight to end human rights abuse worldwide… In 1993, United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was established “to promote and protect the human rights that are guaranteed under international law and stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.”  The Universal Declaration emerged from the rubble of World War II, in which rogue states and violent political ideologies represented the greatest threat to human rights around the world. But by the time the OHCHR was founded […]

Presbyterian Church (USA) becomes first mainline denomination to endorse the principles of Worker-driven Social Responsibility!

October 4, 2018

“Historic vote” by Presbyterian Mission Agency Board is the latest chapter in long history of PC(USA) support for CIW, Fair Food Movement… Huge news from the faith-based organizing front of the movement for Fair Food: The 1.4 million-member Presbyterian Church (USA) became the first mainline denomination to endorse the principles of Worker-driven Social Responsibility at its Mission Agency board meeting on Saturday, September 29th! Shannan Vance-Ocampo, who serves on the Mission Agency board, spoke with the Presbyterian journal, The Presbyterian Outlook, on the significance of the vote.  Here below is a short excerpt from that article, titled “From social responsibility principles to […]

Scores of students, youth gather in Immokalee for #2018Encuentro, launch plans for nationwide Wendy’s Boycott actions!

October 1, 2018

Students escalate campaigns to boot Wendy’s off college campuses from Michigan to Philadelphia; put finishing touches on upcoming “Pulling Back the Curtain on Wendy’s” National Week of Action, Oct. 22-28… PLUS:  Over 150 farmworkers and allies flood sidewalk on U.S. 41 in Estero, FL, for dazzling Wendy’s Boycott protest… Ushering in the beginning of the fall season, Immokalee hosted over 80 students and youth last week for this year’s Student/Farmworker Alliance Encuentro.  Traveling from over 35 communities across the country, and even from as far as Mexico City, Encuentro participants gathered in Immokalee, the birthplace of the CIW and the heart […]

The New York Times highlights Model Alliance’s RESPECT Program!

September 10, 2018

NYT: Model Alliance’s RESPECT Program offers “set of comprehensive industry standards developed by models to govern behaviors, rights, payment and recourse, as well as a detailed list of consequences and processes…” Model Alliance latest to deploy WSR model in fight for rights and dignity in the workplace; RESPECT Program developed in conjunction with CIW, Worker-driven Social Responsibility Network… As the #MeToo movement continues to make waves across the country, the Model Alliance is leading the fight to give fashion models a real voice at work.  Aiming “to promote fair treatment, equal opportunity, and more sustainable practices in the fashion industry, from […]