Author: CIW

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
It’s on!  Freedom Fast kicks off in NYC…

It’s on! Freedom Fast kicks off in NYC…

[caption id="attachment_27966" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Lupe Gonzalo of the CIW exits the stage at Sunday's opening rally after receiving a yellow armband signifying that she is one of the more than 70 farmworkers and allies taking part in the five-day Freedom Fast.[/caption] Five-day fast to fight sexual violence against women farmworkers launches outside Manhattan office of Wendy's Board Chairman Nelson Peltz >> Read More
ACTION ALERT: This International Women’s Day, 5 ways to support next week’s Freedom Fast…

ACTION ALERT: This International Women’s Day, 5 ways to support next week’s Freedom Fast…

Today, celebrate International Women’s Day by taking action alongside migrant farmworker women to demand freedom from sexual violence in Wendy’s supply chain!  The countdown has begun. In just three days, nearly 100 farmworkers and allies will set up camp outside the hedge fund offices of Wendy’s Board Chair Nelson Peltz on Park Avenue in the heart of Manhattan.  They will >> Read More