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January 2, 2018

As the New York Times rang in the New Year with a story announcing the organization of an exciting new coalition of "300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives" formed to pursue an "ambitious, sprawling initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide," an article published late last month by In These Times provided a timely reminder of the importance of workers' voices in building a sustainable movement to reshape workplaces, from movie sets to produce farms, across the country:

... Ana Orozco, the national organizer for feminism and gender justice at the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, tells In These Times, “I think it it's important that #MeToo leads to a movement, not just a moment. This means hearing directly from group like Immokalee workers, women who are migrant workers, working-class folks who face a variety of obstacles on a daily basis.”

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Can’t-miss radio: Public Radio International story brilliantly captures Fair Food Program success in fight against sexual harassment in the fields!

November 17, 2017

Public Radio International: “As the list of powerful men accused of sexual harassment grows, a group of women have managed to stop harassment in the tomato fields of Florida…” PLUS: Huge news out of New York… the New York Episcopal Diocese formally endorses the Wendy’s Boycott! Big news is breaking fast these days in the world of Fair Food, so please bear with us as we bring you not one but two headlines in today’s update… First up, if you’ll recall, just a little over two weeks ago a major editorial in the Sunday New York Times singled out the Fair […]

BREAKING: National faith leaders announce major Wendy’s Boycott fast and action for January 18, 2018, on the 20th anniversary of farmworkers’ 30-day hunger strike!

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CIW’s Greg Asbed named 2017 MacArthur Fellow!

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