This coming spring, farmworkers from Immokalee and their national allies will join forces on four of the country’s flagship state universities – University of Michigan, Ohio State University, UNC Chapel Hill, and University of Florida – to demand Fair Food on campus… or an end to contracts with Wendy’s!

Today, on International Human Rights Day, we are thrilled to announce the next major action in the national Wendy’s Boycott: From March 2-14, farmworkers and their families from Immokalee will travel from Florida to Michigan and back again for the national “4 for Fair Food Tour,” joining forces with students at four leading state universities who have been ramping up pressure on their administrations to boot Wendy’s off campus until the hamburger giant joins the Fair Food Program.

The action will build on years of intense campus organizing at all four tour stops, bringing farmworkers themselves to the doorstep of these powerful academic institutions to demand accountability alongside students and community leaders.  For the past several years, students at the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Floria have been organizing to send Wendy’s the same, crystal-clear message: If you want to do business on our campus, it’s not enough to just sell fast-food, it has to be Fair Food, too.  In other words, instead of Wendy’s famous “4 for $4 deal,” students at all four schools are saying, with one voice, it is time to put Fair Food on Wendy’s menu, or get Wendy’s off our campus!





Fair Food TED Talk on the docket for 2019!

December 7, 2018

CIW at TED: “When we – workers and consumers – speak with one voice, billion-dollar brands have no choice but to listen… And we are telling them it is time for a human rights revolution.” In a first for the Fair Food Movement, the CIW’s Gerardo Reyes and Greg Asbed took to the national TEDMED stage last month and delivered a wide-ranging, 18-minute talk on a movement and a model “with the potential to spark a 21st century human rights revolution.”   Their presentation covered the generational poverty and abuse of this country’s farmworkers; the 25-year history of the CIW’s efforts […]

Must-read Washington Post Op/Ed on #MeToo Movement: Fair Food Program “could do incalculable good if adopted more widely”…

December 3, 2018

Washington Post Op/Ed: Fair Food Program’s “results are stunning… given the exploitative starting point of big agriculture, the transformation is nothing short of miraculous.” A powerful opinion piece published in last Thursday’s Washington Post – penned by Gillian Thomas of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project and titled “#MeToo hasn’t fixed the workplace. Here’s a playbook that can,” (11/29/18) – provides the very latest example of a high-profile endorsement of the CIW’s Fair Food Program as the prescription for ending sexual harassment and assault at work, in the fields and beyond.   The editorial begins with an in-depth look at progress in the […]

ACTION ROUND-UP: Farmworkers, students and religious allies rally for farmworker justice in Sarasota, Philadelphia, and Miami!

November 30, 2018

CIW’s Nely Rodriguez in Miami: “What we are asking is that Wendy’s stop abandoning human rights protections for farmworkers, that they don’t tolerate sexual harassment of women, and that we all move forward with this new day for farmworkers under the Fair Food Program…” Building on the major Week of Action in October, the Fair Food Nation kept cranking up the heat on Wendy’s  throughout November, with several lively actions across Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio.  Today, we bring you a report from the Alliance for Fair Food – the tireless staff of which organized action after action throughout the month! […]

NEW VIDEO: This Giving Tuesday, we need YOU to fuel the Fair Food movement!

November 27, 2018

Giving Tuesday: We need you to join farmworkers in making all food Fair Food by donating TODAY! The holiday season is upon us, and in the long stretch of festivities from Thanksgiving to New Years, a special day has slowly risen on the calendar in recent years to claim its own significance, a small glow in the bright firmament of holiday cheer, but a star nonetheless!  Today is Giving Tuesday, the day millions of people across the country set aside as a reminder to donate to their favorite charities, giving whatever they can to build stronger communities and a better, […]

This Thanksgiving, help those who make your holiday feast possible by becoming a sustainer of the Fair Food movement!

November 20, 2018

This Thanksgiving, you can help sustain the groundbreaking advances we’ve achieved through the Fair Food Program, and give thanks for the women and men who put food on your Thanksgiving table, by becoming a Fair Food Sustainer The holiday season is officially upon us.  The routine of daily life is receding by the hour, replaced by the gathering joy of family and friends coming together after months, or even years, apart; by all the details of preparation for the big day ahead, from food and drink to accommodations for one and all; and – if we’re being honest! – by […]

CIW’s Harvest Without Violence Mobile Exhibit travels to Haverford College for a Fair Food-filled week!

November 15, 2018

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, […]

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 […]