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What is fueling the Fair Food Program?  Market power.

What is fueling the Fair Food Program? Market power.

This week, we've had an opportunity to explore the mechanisms that make the Fair Food Program such a powerful system for protecting farmworkers' fundamental human rights.  We also took a look ahead at the limitless prospects for the Fair Food Program to expand its protections to tens of thousands of more farmworkers across the U.S. agricultural industry, as well as >> Read More
Worlds apart: Life with – and without – the protections of the Fair Food Program…

Worlds apart: Life with – and without – the protections of the Fair Food Program…

"I have been working in the fields for 37 years," she said. "And before, there was nothing.  No shade, no water.  But today, that has changed.  Thank God for the Coalition." As you read this, the Fair Food Program Education Team – a seasoned group of educators, armed with human rights booklets and large-scale drawings depicting common scenes from the fields >> Read More
New survey of corporate leaders shows Wendy’s WAY behind the curve on social responsibility…

New survey of corporate leaders shows Wendy’s WAY behind the curve on social responsibility…

[caption id="attachment_30252" align="aligncenter" width="800"] A graphic from the new report "Leading with Purpose in an Age Defined by It" captures several of the lessons drawn from an extensive survey of business leaders on the role of corporations in addressing social problems from inequality to climate change.[/caption] Elizabeth Ricardo, Peet's Coffee: "We're at a tipping point because of the extreme landscape >> Read More
Author Bernice Yeung highlights the Fair Food Program as model for ending sexual harassment on economics podcast, “Who Makes Cents”…

Author Bernice Yeung highlights the Fair Food Program as model for ending sexual harassment on economics podcast, “Who Makes Cents”…

Journalist, author Bernice Yeung on the Fair Food Program as a tool to end sexual harassment in the workplace: "Because the workers themselves know that they are helping establish how the farm is being evaluated, that they're one of many workers, they become the eyes and ears of the [Fair Food] Program.  They know that they're empowered to change the >> Read More
In his own words: Read Steve Hitov’s acceptance speech at ICAR’s Gwynne Skinner Human Rights Award ceremony…

In his own words: Read Steve Hitov’s acceptance speech at ICAR’s Gwynne Skinner Human Rights Award ceremony…

[caption id="attachment_30139" align="aligncenter" width="700"] The CIW's Steve Hitov speaks at last week's Gwynne Skinner Human Rights Award ceremony in Washington, DC. Hitov was the inaugural recipient of the Skinner award, given by the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) at its annual meeting in memory of the longtime advocate, advisor and leader in the fight for human rights in corporate supply >> Read More
Endorsements for the CIW’s Wendy’s Boycott keep rolling in!…

Endorsements for the CIW’s Wendy’s Boycott keep rolling in!…

[caption id="attachment_30133" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Photo Credit: Davida Johns[/caption] Representing over a thousand members across the U.S. and the world, the Quaker Southeastern Yearly Meeting and Dominican Sisters of Peace endorse the Wendy’s Boycott! "Guided by our Quaker principles of fairness and equality, Southeastern Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), has supported the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) for many >> Read More
ACTION REPORT: Students, people of faith and community allies drop banners in support of Wendy’s Boycott!

ACTION REPORT: Students, people of faith and community allies drop banners in support of Wendy’s Boycott!

PLUS: Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and the Florida Poor People’s Campaign join forces with CIW to demand a moral commitment to human rights from Wendy’s… Today, we bring you a report from last week's jam-packed actions in the Campaign for Fair Food, courtesy of the Student/Farmworker Alliance.  From student- and community-led banner drops across the country to a powerful visit >> Read More
Fabled Highlander Center burned to the ground by arsonists in Tennessee…

Fabled Highlander Center burned to the ground by arsonists in Tennessee…

[caption id="attachment_30108" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Firefighters struggle to control the flames as the Highlander Center's main office building burns to the ground in New Market, TN, on March 29th of this year. While no one was injured in the blaze, many invaluable historical records were lost. White supremacist graffiti spray-painted in the parking lot left little doubt as to who carried >> Read More
BREAKING: Longtime CIW General Counsel Steve Hitov to receive national human rights award!

BREAKING: Longtime CIW General Counsel Steve Hitov to receive national human rights award!

[caption id="attachment_30091" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Farmworkers and their allies march 234 miles from Ft. Myers, FL, to the offices of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association in Orlando in 2000. Steve Hitov, the CIW's longtime General Counsel, is pictured (beard, cap, and light blue shirt) in the upper lefthand corner of the picture, in conversation with CIW's Co-founder Lucas Benitez.[/caption] Hitov >> Read More
Follow the money: Powerful new article connects the dots between Wendy’s Board Chair Nelson Peltz and massive public employee pension funds…

Follow the money: Powerful new article connects the dots between Wendy’s Board Chair Nelson Peltz and massive public employee pension funds…

[caption id="attachment_30077" align="aligncenter" width="700"] A graphic created for a recent Truthout article lays out the connections among Wendy's Board Chair and top shareholder Nelson Peltz and several of the country's largest public employee pension funds, including the California State Teachers' Retirement System.[/caption] Truthout: "This means that public sector workers across the country have pension funds invested with a hedge fund >> Read More