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“Deeply inspiring and profoundly important”: Sweeping new history of US labor debuts to stellar reviews…

“Deeply inspiring and profoundly important”: Sweeping new history of US labor debuts to stellar reviews…

[caption id="attachment_30569" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Cover photo for "Beaten Down, Worked Up" by Scott Heins, Getty Images[/caption] "Beaten Down, Worked Up," by former New York Times labor correspondent Steven Greenhouse, called a "riveting account of the rise and fall of organized labor," by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich; Greenhouse devotes entire chapter to the history of the CIW, from the >> Read More
Blockbuster new cookbook by Chef José Andrés highlights CIW and Fair Food Program!…

Blockbuster new cookbook by Chef José Andrés highlights CIW and Fair Food Program!…

New York Times bestseller: "Fair Food Program... takes direct aim at the food system's gravest injustices and holds major retailers accountable for the food they sell." Chef José Andrés – the irrepressible, James Beard Award-winning, Spanish chef who, among many other things in his non-stop mission to feed and change the world, traveled to Puerto Rico in the wake of >> Read More
UK’s Sunday Times Letter to the Editor highlights Fair Food Program as solution to forced labor, sexual abuse in European agriculture!

UK’s Sunday Times Letter to the Editor highlights Fair Food Program as solution to forced labor, sexual abuse in European agriculture!

[caption id="attachment_26858" align="aligncenter" width="710"] A farmworker harvesting grape tomatoes on a Fair Food Program farm.[/caption] Sunday Times UK Letter to the Editor:  The Fair Food Program "harnesses the purchasing power of buyers through legally binding agreements that hold buyers accountable, and it has eradicated slavery and sexual abuse in the fields." Earlier this month (and in the wake of the >> Read More
Sept. 26-29, 2019: Student/Farmworker Alliance announces annual Encuentro in Immokalee!

Sept. 26-29, 2019: Student/Farmworker Alliance announces annual Encuentro in Immokalee!

Students, youth set to gather for massive strategy session for the Wendy’s Boycott, Boot the Braids Campaign… Even as CIW and Alliance for Fair Food organizers criss-cross the United States on a series of "Boot the Braids" Truth Tours this summer, young people around the country are preparing for one the most exciting times of the year:  The annual SFA >> Read More
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
United Church of Christ presents the “Movement Maker” Award to CIW!

United Church of Christ presents the “Movement Maker” Award to CIW!

Rev. Traci Blackmon, UCC Associate Minister of Justice and Local Ministries: The CIW "has embodied [the UCC ethos] with clarity, determination, resilience and strength on behalf of farmworkers whose holy work of planting and harvesting benefits us all.” Last week, on June 22nd, thousands of church leaders rose to their feet in a rousing ovation as the United Church of >> Read More
When the Sunday funnies get real…

When the Sunday funnies get real…

[caption id="attachment_30410" align="alignleft" width="1854"] Earlier this month, the popular comic strip Non Sequitur provided an unexpected, but deeply incisive, critique of corporate social responsibility.[/caption]   The CSR model stops at solving the problem it was intended to solve — public relations crises — for the actors it was intended to serve, the global brands.  The WSR model, on the other >> 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
“The movement of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has seeded grassroots movements around the country…”

“The movement of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has seeded grassroots movements around the country…”

The promise of Worker-driven Social Responsibility:  "[The CIW's] visionary leadership and unceasing support played a key role in the launch of Milk with Dignity, a worker-driven social responsibility program that is transforming the dairy industry, just as the Fair Food Program has transformed the tomato industry, to ensure respect and dignity for workers." In August of 2017, we woke up >> 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