BREAKING: CIW to receive 2014 Clinton Global Citizen Award!

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Clintons to honor CIW for groundbreaking impact of Fair Food Program at gala award ceremony in New York City on September 21…

The news was announced on the Clinton Global Initiative website Thursday afternoon:

Clinton Global Citizen Awards

Established in 2007, the Clinton Global Citizen Awards embody President Bill Clinton’s call to action by honoring outstanding individuals who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership. These citizens have proven that diverse sectors of society can work together successfully to devise solutions that effect positive, lasting social change.

Nominated by Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) members and other global leaders, honorees are chosen based on their innovative approaches, and on the demonstrated results and sustainability of their work. Through their uncommon abilities to strengthen civil society, these visionaries inspire us all to take action and to become true global citizens.

The 2014 Clinton Global Citizen Awards will be presented during a special ceremony at the CGI Annual Meeting, on the evening of September 21. The evening’s program will include special appearances by individuals who embrace the mission of an integrated, shared world.

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HONOREES:

Greg AsbedCo-founderCoalition of Immokalee Workers
Lucas BenitezCo-founderCoalition of Immokalee Workers
Leonardo DiCaprioFounderLeonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Her Excellency Atifete JahjagaPresident of the Republic of Kosovo
Hayat SindiFounder and CEO i2 Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity

APPEARANCES BY:

Madeleine K. AlbrightChairAlbright Stonebridge Group
Eva LongoriaFounderThe Eva Longoria Foundation

There will be much more news in the days ahead on this landmark development in the history of the Fair Food movement, including a schedule of events to come for what is sure to be a jam-packed week (which will also feature some prime exposure for the soon-to-be-released documentary “Food Chains,”, with a special screening for CGI members and a showing of the trailer during the award ceremony!).  For now, we leave you with the statements of the two CIW representatives who will be accepting the award at the ceremony next week in New York:

Lucas Benitez:   “This is a truly unexpected, and humbling, honor. This award is a thrilling recognition of the unprecedented progress we have made as farmworkers, and the equally remarkable transformation that the Florida tomato industry has undergone as a whole, from one of the worst workplaces in the US agricultural industry to quite possibly the best.”

Greg Asbed:   “This award is really going to tens of thousands of people, from our fellow CIW members who for over twenty years have refused to be treated as second class citizens, to the consumers who heeded their call and made their own voices heard in the streets and at checkout counters across the country, to the retail food corporations who took a chance on an unproven new model for Worker-driven Social Responsibility, and to the growers, who have taken so many courageous steps out of the bitter past and toward a more modern, more humane future for Florida agriculture.”

More to come… so be sure to check back soon for all the latest news on this developing story!