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Persistence pays off: Governor DeSantis announces free, community-wide testing to begin in Immokalee this week!

Persistence pays off: Governor DeSantis announces free, community-wide testing to begin in Immokalee this week!

Governor Ron DeSantis, during an hour-long briefing on reopening the Florida economy on Wednesday, announces new testing sites targeting “under-served” communities across Florida, making special mention of Immokalee. Promising new public/private collaboration starting to take shape in Immokalee to address COVID-19 crisis, giving vulnerable farmworker community new hope with aggressive, comprehensive defense strategy; Collaboration among state and county agencies, Nobel >> Read More
CNN, CBS Evening News: Immokalee’s call for urgent farmworker protections receives national attention…

CNN, CBS Evening News: Immokalee’s call for urgent farmworker protections receives national attention…

Advocates warn that many farmworkers are living and working in conditions that put their health at risk. And if coronavirus outbreaks hammer farmworker communities, they say it could put the nation's food supply at risk, too. https://t.co/8BYl5ZCHVe pic.twitter.com/VfdDMOLB2G — Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 18, 2020 CNN Prime Time with Chris Cuomo: "If [farmworkers] get sick, and they can't do >> Read More
A glimmer of hope, and a flashing red warning light…

A glimmer of hope, and a flashing red warning light…

[caption id="attachment_31835" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Nely Rodriguez of the CIW speaks to a national TV news reporter while posting educational flyers on COVID-19 prevention in Immokalee last week. She is standing next to one of seven hand-washing stations installed around the farmworker community as part of an innovative partnership for prevention with Lipman Family Farms, a Fair Food Program participating grower, >> Read More
ACTION ALERT! Call FL Governor Ron DeSantis now

ACTION ALERT! Call FL Governor Ron DeSantis now

APRIL 15: NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY TO GOV. RON DESANTIS As one of the country’s most vulnerable populations, our community of 25,000 farmworkers is in grave danger from the rapid spread of coronavirus. Most workers live in overcrowded housing units, are transported to and from the fields in packed vans and buses, and lack access to personal protective gear.  If nothing is >> Read More
CIW to Collier County Government, FL Department of Health: “Failure to prepare invites catastrophe”…

CIW to Collier County Government, FL Department of Health: “Failure to prepare invites catastrophe”…

[caption id="attachment_31749" align="aligncenter" width="800"] A bus picks up dozens of farmworkers outside of La Fiesta #3 in Immokalee on Friday, April 3, 2020. (Photo and caption: Alex Driehaus/Naples Daily News/USA TODAY - FLORIDA NETWORK)[/caption] Collier County Government, FL Department of Health to local CBS affiliate, WINK NEWS: "A field hospital concept has been evaluated and determined unnecessary at this time >> Read More
URGENT: Join the call to protect Florida farmworkers from the coronavirus!

URGENT: Join the call to protect Florida farmworkers from the coronavirus!

[caption id="attachment_31705" align="aligncenter" width="825"] Farmworkers in Immokalee wait aboard a crowded field bus in the early morning to leave for work on a local farm.[/caption] NY Times publishes powerful Op/Ed by CIW on farmworkers' unique vulnerability to pandemic due to overcrowded living and working conditions... "Those conditions, the result of generations of grinding poverty and neglect, will act like a >> Read More
“Yon Sel Ko”: Timely wisdom from the Haitian peasant movement at the root of the CIW

“Yon Sel Ko”: Timely wisdom from the Haitian peasant movement at the root of the CIW

[caption id="attachment_30582" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Representatives from worker and women's rights organizations from Lesotho in Southern Africa join with representatives from the CIW and the Fair Food Standards Council in Immokalee last year following a multi-day workshop on the structure and function of the Fair Food Program. The visit was a crucial moment in the development of an important new replication >> Read More
THIS WEEK: Take to social media to urge Wendy’s top investors to leverage their power to bring the fast food giant into the Fair Food Program!

THIS WEEK: Take to social media to urge Wendy’s top investors to leverage their power to bring the fast food giant into the Fair Food Program!

[caption id="attachment_28850" align="aligncenter" width="799"] Farmworker women lead the "How Much Longer, Wendy's?" March through Manhattan.[/caption] We need YOU to help flood social media with the urgent call for Wendy’s investors Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, Wells Fargo, and BNY Mellon to make their commitment to socially responsible investing real! Last week, farmworkers in Immokalee made the difficult decision to postpone the highly-anticipated >> Read More
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Follow the Money March postponed due to Covid-19 virus public health crisis

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Follow the Money March postponed due to Covid-19 virus public health crisis

Dear friends, Due to the global crisis of the Covid-19 virus, which is affecting communities in every corner of the world, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Follow the Money March, originally planned to take place between March 10-12 in New York City.  The march has been postponed indefinitely, to be rescheduled once the risk has passed. >> Read More