October 28th: From Miami to Washington, fair food allies are demanding that Wendy’s respect the rights of farmworkers!

A week ago, we brought you the beautiful photo report from the Student/Farmworker Alliance’s 2019 annual Encuentro convening, a long weekend of strategy and community-building that sparked exciting plans to ramp up student action in the Wendy’s Boycott this fall, starting with a National Day of Action on October 28th!

In case your ears perked up at the sound of a national day of protest, we’ve got what you need to get in on the action!  Straight from the Student/Farmworker Alliance website, here is everything you need to know in order to join allies from coast to coast in taking the Wendy’s Boycott to the streets next week:

… As Wendy’s latest attempts to distract consumers from its faulty human rights record — such as releasing a hopeless tabletop RPG and $20 million breakfast menu for 2020 — flounder in the face of an ever-growing movement for Fair Food, young consumers are rising up to show the fast-food company what’s actually important to us. Hint: There are no imaginary salty queens or beef warriors involved.

What’s at stake in this campaign is affording real, verifiable human rights protections to tens of thousands of real people. Wendy’s, young consumers have no interest in wasting time with fantasy games when the farmworkers in your supply chain toil without enforced protections against sexual assault, discrimination, wage theft and slavery. For over five years, the CIW has been calling on Wendy’s to take responsibility for ending the generational poverty and rampant sexual assault that continues unabated on farms outside of the Fair Food Program. Join us in letting Wendy’s leaders know that we won’t rest until they sign a Fair Food Agreement and truly guarantee farmworkers’ human rights!

Momentum is already building for escalated action against Wendy’s. As a powerful, national network of conscious consumers, the National Day of Action will help set the stage for the next major Wendy’s mobilization in NYC three weeks later on Nov. 18 outside the offices of Wendy’s Board Chair.  On October 28th, we need you and every member of the Fair Food Nation to join us in the streets to let Wendy’s leaders know that we won’t rest until they sign a Fair Food Agreement and truly guarantee farmworkers’ human rights.

Are you ready to plan an action on your campus or in your community on October 28? Hit us up and check out SFA’s online action toolkit, which includes guides on how to organizing a creative action, materials to print, social media graphics, and more! Reach out to Maria at or 208-631-8925 for support in action planning or to get linked up with other Fair Food allies in your area.




Over 80 students and youth convene in Immokalee for #2019Encuentro, roll out plans for escalated action in the Wendy’s Boycott this fall!

October 10, 2019

Young people from across the U.S. strategize around Wendy’s Boycott with two key mobilizations in focus for the fall semester: a National Day of Action on Oct. 28 and major march in NYC on Nov. 18;  PLUS: Over 150 farmworkers, Encuentro participants and Southwest Florida allies turn out for a spirited rally at local Wendy’s off bustling U.S. 41 in Naples, FL… In the final days of September, Immokalee welcomed over 80 young leaders to Immokalee for the Student/Farmworker Alliance’s (SFA) annual Encuentro convening!  The 2019 Encuentro brought together a powerful union of young allies representing 41 campuses and communities […]

BREAKING! Vermont farmworkers call on supermarket giant Hannaford to join groundbreaking Milk with Dignity Program!

October 8, 2019

Vermont dairy workers with Migrant Justice celebrate second anniversary of launch of Milk with Dignity Program with march calling on Hannaford to join and “aid in the program’s expansion”; Matt Maxwell, a farm owner enrolled in Milk with Dignity: “The Milk with Dignity program allows us to pay the people that do these very important jobs an acceptable wage.  Since joining Milk with Dignity our farm has maintained a 85% employee retention rate. Less turnover has led to higher morale and greater workplace continuity. The program has helped us make huge strides [as an] employer.” On October 3rd, 2017, farmworkers […]

OP/ED: “An astonishing journey from Lesotho to Immokalee and back”…

October 3, 2019

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MUST-SEE new video celebrates two years of Milk with Dignity!

October 1, 2019

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CIW families join over 4 million in global Climate March!…

September 24, 2019

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REPORT: “Fig Leaf for Fashion: How social auditing protects brands and fails workers”

September 20, 2019

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Time’s Up Entertainment: Fair Food Program an “inspiration” for entertainment industry!

September 18, 2019

Far-reaching power of Fair Food Program model to eliminate sexual harassment and assault lifted up by Time’ Up Entertainment:  The CIW “used consumer power to push those farms that have no incentive to take action, and in doing so changed the worker power dynamic. We have to think of something for this industry that changes the power structure.” Since the national rise of the #MeToo movement, workers from across a wide spectrum of workplaces in the U.S. – from the movie sets of Hollywood and the halls of our nation’s hospitals to the back kitchens of restaurants and the country’s […]

SAVE THE DATE: Farmworkers announce major Wendy’s Boycott mobilization in NYC, Nov. 18, 2019!

September 12, 2019

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OP/ED in United Press International: “Europe should follow Florida’s example for how to treat farmworkers…”

September 6, 2019

Dean of Pardee/RAND Graduate School, Susan Marquis: “The Coalition’s Fair Food Program essentially created a new model for agricultural labor and corporate social responsibility – and transformed the tomato fields from Florida to New Jersey… … As Florida’s tomato farms show, it’s possible to transform European agriculture from a situation rife with exploitation to one that benefits every partner.”  Over the past several years, the trickle of bleak headlines emerging from farm fields in Italy and Spain has turned into a torrent, laying bare the growing human rights crisis faced by the women and men, largely migrant, who labor to harvest […]

NEW VIDEO: Support young leaders traveling to Immokalee, FL, this month for the #2019Encuentro!

September 3, 2019

With the September Encuentro around the corner, SFA needs YOUR help to make it happen!  Donate here to support the Encuentro, and inspire a new generation of young leaders to take action in the Fair Food Movement. We’re less than one month out from the SFA Encuentro, and the Student/Farmworker Alliance can’t do it without you!  On September 26-29, 2019, dozens of young people from across the country will be gathering in Immokalee to learn about Fair Food history and strategy, and most importantly, dive into concrete plans to turn up the heat in the Wendy’s Boycott on college campuses […]