Author: CIW

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
Twitter claps back at Wendy’s: “Reprehensible,” “vile,” “disgusting,” “shameful” and “outrageous”…

Twitter claps back at Wendy’s: “Reprehensible,” “vile,” “disgusting,” “shameful” and “outrageous”…

[caption id="attachment_26386" align="aligncenter" width="600"] From left to right, CIW leaders Silvia Perez, Julia Perkins, and Lupe Gonzalo conduct a worker-to-worker education session on the right of farmworker women to work free of sexual violence on a Fair Food Program farm in July, 2017.[/caption] Wendy's spokesperson Heidi Schauer claims "CIW trying to exploit the positive momentum that has been generated by >> Read More
Massive “Time’s Up Wendy’s March” takes Manhattan by storm!

Massive “Time’s Up Wendy’s March” takes Manhattan by storm!

Nearly 2,000 turnout in support of farmworkers' Freedom Fast; Best-selling author Glennon Doyle to farmworker women fasters: "There's nothing more beautiful than using your freedom to fight for those not yet free!" An unforgettable week of action in the heart of Manhattan, 110,000 petition signatures and counting, and media coverage from Newsweek to The Nation lift Wendy's Boycott to the >> Read More
Intense, jam-packed Day 4 of Freedom Fast sets the stage for massive “Time’s Up Wendy’s March”!

Intense, jam-packed Day 4 of Freedom Fast sets the stage for massive “Time’s Up Wendy’s March”!

[caption id="attachment_28094" align="aligncenter" width="800"] From left to right: Melody Gonzalez, Rev. Michael Livingston, Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, and Noelle Damico prepare to deliver over 103,000 petition signatures to Nelson Peltz on Day 4 of the Freedom Fast.[/caption] Fasters deliver over 100,000 petition signatures in support of fast, boycott, to Wendy's board chair Nelson Peltz; Parkland students tribute; visits from Eve Ensler, Make >> Read More
Effects of fast, cold front, set in on Day 2 of the Freedom Fast…

Effects of fast, cold front, set in on Day 2 of the Freedom Fast…

[caption id="attachment_27997" align="aligncenter" width="797"] The growing crew of fasters — now well over 80 at the fast site itself, not to mention those joining in support for the full five days remotely — settled in on Day 2 as the physical effects of the fast, and the increasing cold ahead of still tougher weather tomorrow, made themselves felt.[/caption] ... But >> Read More