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Part One: “Boot the Braids” Truth Tour makes a splash along the East Coast!

Part One: “Boot the Braids” Truth Tour makes a splash along the East Coast!

Hundreds of students, people of faith and community leaders in Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Philadelphia, New Brunswick and New York prepare to support student-led effort to boot Wendy’s off campuses this fall… Last week, farmworker leaders of the CIW and student organizers with the Student/Farmworker Alliance wrapped up a two-week journey through six major cities along the East Coast, drawing to >> Read More
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
Part One: Report from Wendy’s 2019 annual shareholder meeting…

Part One: Report from Wendy’s 2019 annual shareholder meeting…

[caption id="attachment_30287" align="aligncenter" width="702"] The Fair Food delegation to the Wendy's shareholder meeting, from left: Alex Schelle (Alliance for Fair Food), Chris Cox (ICCR), Travis J. McConnell, Kerry Kennedy (Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights), Nely Rodriguez (CIW), Wilson Perez (CIW), Bill Fullarton, Silvia Sabanilla (CIW), Leslie Alanis (UNC Chapel Hill), Rev. Lynda Smith, Gabriela Cano Uchofen >> 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
Wendy’s social media smackdown, Part Two…

Wendy’s social media smackdown, Part Two…

[caption id="attachment_30160" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Above is the opening of Alyssa Milano's Instagram response to Wendy's statement to CNN on the social media firestorm set off on Sunday by Amy Schumer's Instagram post calling on people to boycott Wendy's for its refusal to join the Fair Food Program. Wendy's statement began, "This is complex issue..."[/caption] Sunday Fail: Wendy's tries to leverage >> 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