Author: Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Three keys to the future of the Fair Food Program: Expansion, expansion, and expansion…

Three keys to the future of the Fair Food Program: Expansion, expansion, and expansion…

“You’re not in Florida anymore... When we’re up here, what I say goes, not the CIW!” Those were the words of a crewleader with one of Florida’s largest tomato growers speaking to his crew on a company farm in Georgia during the early years of the Fair Food Program, before the FFP had expanded up the East Coast, all the way >> Read More
A new day dawns in Florida’s tomato fields…

A new day dawns in Florida’s tomato fields…

[caption id="attachment_29348" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Jon Esformes (left), Operating Partner of Pacific Tomato Growers, shakes hands with the CIW’s Lucas Benitez on August 12, 2010, after signing a groundbreaking agreement to implement the Fair Food Code of Conduct on Pacific’s farms.[/caption] “The wall comes tumbling down.” “Victory long time coming for Florida tomato pickers.” “Tomato grower, harvesters strike historic accord.” Those >> Read More
One of the “inconceivable moon shots of their day…” (Harvard Business Review, 2017)

One of the “inconceivable moon shots of their day…” (Harvard Business Review, 2017)

Dear friends, In 2017, just one year shy of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ 25th Anniversary, the Harvard Business Review named the Fair Food Program one of the “inconceivable moon shots of its day,” in a sweeping report on 15 of the “most important social impact success stories of the past century,” alongside car seats, Sesame Street, and the cure >> Read More
To commemorate the  CIW’s Silver Anniversary, help us raise $50,000 by the end of 2018!

To commemorate the CIW’s Silver Anniversary, help us raise $50,000 by the end of 2018!

Dear friends, 25 years ago, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers was born in a series of community meetings, held in a cramped, corner room in the back of Immokalee's Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.  The arc of the CIW's history since those early days – from those modest first meetings to the CIW's leading role today on the global >> Read More
MAJOR ACTION ANNOUNCED: “4 for Fair Food Tour,” March 2-14, 2019, farmworkers and students to take the Boot the Braids Campaign to the next level!

MAJOR ACTION ANNOUNCED: “4 for Fair Food Tour,” March 2-14, 2019, farmworkers and students to take the Boot the Braids Campaign to the next level!

This coming spring, farmworkers from Immokalee and their national allies will join forces on four of the country's flagship state universities – University of Michigan, Ohio State University, UNC Chapel Hill, and University of Florida – to demand Fair Food on campus... or an end to contracts with Wendy's! Today, on International Human Rights Day, we are thrilled to announce >> Read More
ACTION ROUND-UP: Farmworkers, students and religious allies rally for farmworker justice in Sarasota, Philadelphia, and Miami!

ACTION ROUND-UP: Farmworkers, students and religious allies rally for farmworker justice in Sarasota, Philadelphia, and Miami!

[caption id="attachment_29270" align="aligncenter" width="800"] 100+ students protest alongside farmworkers in Miami, Florida, during a series of November protests in the national Wendy's Boycott.[/caption] CIW's Nely Rodriguez in Miami: "What we are asking is that Wendy’s stop abandoning human rights protections for farmworkers, that they don’t tolerate sexual harassment of women, and that we all move forward with this new day >> Read More
NEW VIDEO: This Giving Tuesday, we need YOU to fuel the Fair Food movement!

NEW VIDEO: This Giving Tuesday, we need YOU to fuel the Fair Food movement!

Giving Tuesday: We need you to join farmworkers in making all food Fair Food by donating TODAY! The holiday season is upon us, and in the long stretch of festivities from Thanksgiving to New Years, a special day has slowly risen on the calendar in recent years to claim its own significance, a small glow in the bright firmament of >> Read More
This Thanksgiving, help those who make your holiday feast possible by becoming a sustainer of the Fair Food movement!

This Thanksgiving, help those who make your holiday feast possible by becoming a sustainer of the Fair Food movement!

This Thanksgiving, you can help sustain the groundbreaking advances we've achieved through the Fair Food Program, and give thanks for the women and men who put food on your Thanksgiving table, by becoming a Fair Food Sustainer The holiday season is officially upon us.  The routine of daily life is receding by the hour, replaced by the gathering joy of >> Read More
CIW’s Harvest Without Violence Mobile Exhibit travels to Haverford College for a Fair Food-filled week!

CIW’s Harvest Without Violence Mobile Exhibit travels to Haverford College for a Fair Food-filled week!

[caption id="attachment_29236" align="aligncenter" width="799"] Students and staff from Haverford College get ready to head over to the protest in front of Wendy’s after hosting the Harvest without Violence Exhibit.[/caption] Students from Haverford College, Temple University, Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore get fired up in Student/Farmworker Alliance's Boot the Braids Campaign! Last week, the CIW’s eye-opening Harvest Without Violence Mobile Exhibit traveled from >> Read More
Compass Group USA highlights Fair Food partnership at Restaurant Associate’s Innovation Summit!

Compass Group USA highlights Fair Food partnership at Restaurant Associate’s Innovation Summit!

Today, we bring you a quick and exciting update from the Fair Food label front! This past Friday and Saturday, inside New York City’s historic Prince George Ballroom, the Fair Food Program was on display at Restaurant Associate’s Innovation Summit, organized by one of the Fair Food Program’s participating buyers, Compass Group U.S.A.  Building on years of internal education with >> Read More