Category: A Year of Victories: May 2008 – May 2009

Food justice visit a wrap!

This is a system that builds walls, "separating rich from poor, trying to forget that we live in one world," author and activist Raj Patel, speaking at the CIW press conference following the delegation visit to Immokalee. See all the details from this remarkable gathering of writers, sustainable food leaders, family farmers, community organizers and new media activists: Click here >> Read More

’09 Food Justice Delegation

FOOD JUSTICE DELEGATION photos by JJ Tiziou Immokalee March 4, 2009 [For a special treat, check out this animated recap from the day, a rapid-fire animation of hundreds of photos by JJ Tiziou!] The day-long visit, hosted by Just Harvest USA, started early on Wednesday, as the delegation participants gathered with CIW members well before dawn at the CIW's community >> Read More

09 CIW YEAR OF THE WORKER PARTYIMMOKALEE, FL

"Enslave one of us, you enslave us all!" The CIW's 2009 Year of the Worker party was a serious affair this year, the message of community solidarity with workers held in modern-day slavery setting the tone for a moving day-long gathering outside the CIW's new community center in Immokalee. But, of course, the serious message was accompanied by some serious >> Read More
Leading Food Advocates To Visit Farmworker Community Dubbed  “Ground Zero for Modern Slavery”

Leading Food Advocates To Visit Farmworker Community Dubbed “Ground Zero for Modern Slavery”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2009 Contact: Damara Luce, Director, Just Harvest USA damara@justharvestusa.org (510) 725-8752 Leading Food Advocates To Visit Farmworker Community Dubbed “Ground Zero for Modern  Slavery” Delegation to shine light on urgent need for reform in Florida agriculture industry Immokalee, FL – On Wednesday, March 4th, a dozen prominent authors, sustainable food advocates, and small farmers will >> Read More
STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT MARY ROBINSON

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT MARY ROBINSON

[President Robinson was the first female President of Ireland, serving from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002.] "Every day, in countries across the world, men, women and children are forced to labor against their will in modern day slavery. The United States, as evidenced by the seven prosecutions for slavery >> Read More
President Obama comes to town; CIW gets question on slavery to the Commander-in-Chief!…

President Obama comes to town; CIW gets question on slavery to the Commander-in-Chief!…

  And now for something completely different... On Tuesday, President Obama came to Ft. Myers for a town hall meeting on the economic crisis (Ft. Myers and the Southwest Florida area generally are at or near the top in both foreclosures and unemployment rates nationally). The picture above is from the Ft. Myers meeting. The town hall was, of course, >> Read More
Speech by CIW’s Lucas Benitez at United Nations on Occasion of First World Social Justice Day

Speech by CIW’s Lucas Benitez at United Nations on Occasion of First World Social Justice Day

I first want to thank Mrs. Robinson and the other organizers for holding this event. It is a tremendous honor to be invited to address an audience such as this in a setting as inspiring as the United Nations. I come here today representing the CIW, a community-based labor organization rooted in the town of Immokalee, Florida. Immokalee is a >> Read More

Sustainable food movement calls out Crist on slavery:

Sustainable food movement calls out Crist on slavery: Slow Food USA, author Raj Patel ("Stuffed and Starved"), Organic Consumers Association and more demand Crist take a stand against forced labor! Here's a list of just some of the sustainable food organizations that have taken up the petition calling for action from Governor Charlie Crist on slavery: Slow Food USA Raj >> Read More

Momentum is building: Religious allies join call on Crist for leadership in fight against slavery!…

From Presbyterian to Jewish, Methodist to Catholic, congregations from across Florida and around the country are collecting signatures on a new letter calling on Gov. Crist to "take a leadership role in ensuring that Florida’s farmworkers can live and work freely and with dignity." If you'd like to sign, or to help circulate the letter in your community, you can >> Read More