THIS WEEK: 60+ student and youth leaders converge on Immokalee for annual Encuentro!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

With Labor Day weekend in the rearview mirror, the summer of 2017 is officially over and fall is in the air.  On college campuses across the country, that can only mean one thing: The students are back into town!  But while the start of the school year has traditionally meant catching up with friends, buying books, and moving into housing for the next nine months, today’s generation of dedicated, politically awake student leaders is not content with the daily grind of classes, dining halls, and dorm rooms.

Between last week’s breaking news of a major victory for the United Students Against Sweatshops, who won a long-sought agreement between Nike and Georgetown University to ensure human rights protections for apparel factory workers in Nike’s supply chain, and this weekend’s student and youth convergence in Immokalee to plan a year’s worth of action in the Wendy’s Boycott, the year of student activism ahead is promising to be one for the history books.  On the Fair Food front, students will pick up where they left off last spring, when an epic 7-day fast by 19 students from Ohio State University in March sparked a rolling fast by hundreds of more students that spread like wildfire across over a dozen major U.S. colleges and Universities, from Notre Dame to University of Michigan through the month of April.

And that was only the beginning.  Last week, the original OSU student leaders and fasters from the past spring documented their first get together, with the pitch-perfect caption: Back at it…

Stay tuned next week for big news out of the energized Student/Farmworker Alliance network, as they prepare to announce major mobilizations and calls to action coming soon to a city near you.