Category: Recent News

Harvard Law School Human Rights Program hosts CIW for webinar on business and human rights!

Harvard Law School Human Rights Program hosts CIW for webinar on business and human rights!

Check out highlights from a remarkable conversation on the groundbreaking, 10-year study detailing the failure of the dominant Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) model and lifting up the Fair Food Program as the way forward for protecting human rights in corporate supply chains...  Last week, we reported on the release of an unprecedented new study that is shaking up the world >> Read More
“I would like to thank FFSC for defending our rights in the field…”

“I would like to thank FFSC for defending our rights in the field…”

Dear friends, All workers deserve a voice, and real power to protect their interests, in the workplace.  But the importance of worker voice is heightened during a pandemic, especially for essential workers like farmworkers, who have no choice but to continue working while the rest of us shelter safely at home.  The risks farmworkers have taken – here in Immokalee >> Read More
Sustain Fair Food: We need your help to sustain our call for urgently-needed protections for farmworkers…

Sustain Fair Food: We need your help to sustain our call for urgently-needed protections for farmworkers…

Dear friends, Over the past three months, the CIW, working hand in hand with the Alliance for Fair Food, has shaped the national conversation on the critical role of farmworkers as vulnerable essential workers.  Through national outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and the Associated Press, the voice of Immokalee’s farmworker community has rung out from >> Read More
Help farmworkers sound the alarm about the coronavirus!

Help farmworkers sound the alarm about the coronavirus!

Dear friend, When the coronavirus pandemic first began to take root across the country, we knew we needed to act fast. The highly-contagious virus posed a grave threat to farmworker communities like Immokalee, where tens of thousands of essential workers, often living in cramped conditions and traveling to and from work in overcrowded vehicles, had no choice but to continue >> Read More
Collier County Health Department announces new plans for ongoing, free, community-wide COVID-19 testing in Immokalee starting this weekend!

Collier County Health Department announces new plans for ongoing, free, community-wide COVID-19 testing in Immokalee starting this weekend!

NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida In response to dangerous spike of COVID-19 cases in Immokalee, Collier County Department of Health announces plans to partner with Doctors Without Borders and local clinic to provide urgently-needed testing!...  Dr. Seth Holmes on NBC2: "Florida is one of the main agricultural producers for the whole country, so if >> Read More
As Wendy’s greenhouse defense crumbles, allies look to hold company accountable at today’s annual shareholder meeting…

As Wendy’s greenhouse defense crumbles, allies look to hold company accountable at today’s annual shareholder meeting…

  America’s 2.5 million farmworkers are among the groups most at risk of contracting the coronavirus. @RKahnTroster of @truahrabbis #AsksTheCEO of @Wendys - Did it purchase tomatoes from Green Empire Farm - location of a major Covid-19 outbreak? https://t.co/aSTcNbQ2Zc @ciw — ICCR (@ICCRonline) May 22, 2020 Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster to Wendy's: "Given the life-or-death stakes of unsafe working conditions under >> Read More
As COVID-19 cases increase nearly tenfold in two weeks in Immokalee, Doctors Without Borders turns to the press for tests, resources…

As COVID-19 cases increase nearly tenfold in two weeks in Immokalee, Doctors Without Borders turns to the press for tests, resources…

[caption id="attachment_31889" align="aligncenter" width="800"] An educational box truck designed by the Collier County Health Department carries its message through the streets of Immokalee last month.[/caption] Doctors Without Borders to NPR: We need “more access to tests that we can use so the persons who are positive, their contacts could get tested, so we can quell this outbreak.” After weeks of >> Read More
“The eyes of Florida are on [Gov.] DeSantis to protect the health and safety of the state’s farmworker communities…”

“The eyes of Florida are on [Gov.] DeSantis to protect the health and safety of the state’s farmworker communities…”

[caption id="attachment_31936" align="aligncenter" width="800"] An Immokalee resident gets tested for the novel coronavirus last week. Photo Naples Daily News.[/caption] One week ago, we posted our last update from the battle to blunt the impact of the novel coronavirus here in Immokalee with the title "COVID-19 testing is underway in Immokalee!"  Finally – after more than a month of delay, nearly >> Read More
COVID-19 testing underway in Immokalee!

COVID-19 testing underway in Immokalee!

[caption id="attachment_31917" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Immokalee residents line up to be tested for COVID-19 on Sunday as the Collier County Department of Health begins three days of testing following calls by the CIW and tens of thousands of allies for more attention from state and local health officials for the vulnerable farmworker community.[/caption] Hundreds of Immokalee residents walk, bike, and drive >> Read More