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BREAKING: Methodist Theological School in Ohio endorses the Wendy’s Boycott in unanimous vote!

BREAKING: Methodist Theological School in Ohio endorses the Wendy’s Boycott in unanimous vote!

[caption id="attachment_29186" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The Reverend Jay Rundell, President of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, signs the official resolution endorsing the Wendy's Boycott on Tuesday following its unanimous approval by the MTSO Board of Trustees. The CIW's Nely Rodriguez looks on.[/caption] Ohio-based seminary becomes first academic institution to endorse the Wendy's Boycott! "Sustainable justice cannot be a value we >> Read More
Presbyterian Church (USA) becomes first mainline denomination to endorse the principles of Worker-driven Social Responsibility!

Presbyterian Church (USA) becomes first mainline denomination to endorse the principles of Worker-driven Social Responsibility!

"Historic vote" by Presbyterian Mission Agency Board is the latest chapter in long history of PC(USA) support for CIW, Fair Food Movement... Huge news from the faith-based organizing front of the movement for Fair Food: The 1.4 million-member Presbyterian Church (USA) became the first mainline denomination to endorse the principles of Worker-driven Social Responsibility at its Mission Agency board meeting on >> Read More
Fair Food Program featured in Congressional Women’s Caucus Hearing on Workplace Sexual Harassment…

Fair Food Program featured in Congressional Women’s Caucus Hearing on Workplace Sexual Harassment…

Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, Executive Director of the Fair Food Standards Council, joins panel of speakers at bipartisan hearing seeking solutions to sexual violence and harassment at work... Last Wednesday, September 12th, the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues held a high profile hearing on the problem sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.  Hosted by Representatives Susan Brooks (R-IN) >> Read More
EEOC case alleges rape in Florida’s strawberry fields, reminding us of an ongoing reality on farms beyond the protections of the Fair Food Program…

EEOC case alleges rape in Florida’s strawberry fields, reminding us of an ongoing reality on farms beyond the protections of the Fair Food Program…

[caption id="attachment_28984" align="alignnone" width="800"] Photo and caption from the Tampa Bay Times[/caption] "No employee should be subjected to sexually degrading conduct as a condition of employment," Robert E. Weisberg, regional attorney for the EEOC's Miami district office, said in a statement. "Migrant farmworkers are no exception." Longtime Fair Food activists may be familiar with a thought experiment that CIW members >> Read More
Fair Food Program singled out, once again, by international human rights leaders for its unique success in the fight against slavery, sexual violence…

Fair Food Program singled out, once again, by international human rights leaders for its unique success in the fight against slavery, sexual violence…

[caption id="attachment_28911" align="aligncenter" width="800"] A diagram published by Shift, a non-profit organization based in New York City whose "mission is to put the [United Nations'] Guiding Principles into practice in order to support greater respect for the human rights of all people affected by business," connects the Fair Food Program to ten of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.[/caption] Kevin Hyland >> Read More
Author of “I Am Not a Tractor” pens thoughtful op/ed on lessons from Fair Food movement for #MeToo, “#MarchForOurLives” movements…

Author of “I Am Not a Tractor” pens thoughtful op/ed on lessons from Fair Food movement for #MeToo, “#MarchForOurLives” movements…

Marquis: "The new movements appear to understand one pillar of the coalition's success – real and sustainable change can be driven, designed and implemented from inside the communities most affected." In her unique style – a style perhaps best described as a marriage of the engineer's love for astute systems analysis with the advocate's heartfelt empathy for those facing uphill >> Read More
No free passes: Wendy’s return to US doesn’t obviate duty to respect workers’ rights… It only puts them back where they started.

No free passes: Wendy’s return to US doesn’t obviate duty to respect workers’ rights… It only puts them back where they started.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Nearly two hundred farmworkers and consumer allies protested in the rain outside Wendy's annual shareholder meeting in Dublin, Ohio, last week. Photos by Ralph Orr.[/caption] Despite repatriation of tomato purchases from Mexico, the imperative remains the same: Farmworkers in Wendy's supply chains must be protected by the Fair Food Program, the only effective human rights program >> Read More
Civil Eats on Fair Food Program: “Meet the Farmworkers Leading the #MeToo Fight For Workers Everywhere”…

Civil Eats on Fair Food Program: “Meet the Farmworkers Leading the #MeToo Fight For Workers Everywhere”…

“By rectifying long-standing power imbalances, Worker-driven Social Responsibility drills into the foundation of the problem…” “No gender-based violence programs have achieved the same amount of leverage in fostering change…” Earlier this week, Civil Eats published an excellent, feature-length piece based on interviews conducted during the Freedom Fast in New York City that lends critical insight into the endemic, generations-old problem >> Read More
Campaign for Fair Food cited as example of new, diverse, grassroots movement with universal human rights as its compass…

Campaign for Fair Food cited as example of new, diverse, grassroots movement with universal human rights as its compass…

[caption id="attachment_28504" align="alignleft" width="800"] Farmworkers and consumers protest outside a Publix store in Lakeland in 2014.[/caption] National Economic and Social Rights Initiative Executive Director Cathy Albisa, in In These Times: "Effective human rights movements are not aimed at merely naming and shaming. They build power." Some of you who follow this site closely may recall our first post — entitled >> Read More
Tomatoland, Take Two: The Update!…

Tomatoland, Take Two: The Update!…

Three time James Beard Award-winning author Barry Estabrook returns to Immokalee to update his groundbreaking chronicle of the CIW's Fair Food movement... In a must-read new edition of his seminal book, "Tomatoland," renowned food author Barry Estabrook takes a look at the unprecedented changes wrought in historically harsh farm labor conditions by the Fair Food Program since the publishing of >> Read More