February 20, 2018

Just three weeks out from the Freedom Fast and Time's Up Wendy's March in NYC, new report spotlights solution to national epidemic of sexual harassment and assault born in the fields of Florida...

Just as farmworker women from Immokalee — together with their male co-workers from the fields and allies from across the country — begin to prepare for next month's five-day fast calling on Wendy's to help end sexual violence in its supply chain by joining the Fair Food Program, the Worker-driven Social Responsibility Network has released an extensive report that underscores the urgency of the fasters' cause and the unique power of their solution.

The new report, entitled "Now the Fear Is Gone: Advancing Gender Justice through WSR," surveys "the abusive conditions that women farmworkers face daily in fields across the US, and spotlights the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Fair Food Program as a root-cause solution to gender-based violence in the workplace." 





Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives honors CIW with its 2018 Human Rights Award!

February 15, 2018

One of the country’s most storied human rights organizations honors CIW for its “innovative organizing and profound impact on the lives of farmworkers…” Today we have the honor of sharing some very good news. Just this morning, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) announced that it has chosen the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to receive its prestigious ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism for 2018.  For nearly forty years, ALBA has worked to educate the public about the brave volunteers — including thousands of Americans — of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and their fight against fascism in Spain before World […]

BREAKING: Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach to march alongside CIW at Time’s Up Wendy’s March!

February 13, 2018

Farmworkers, their families, and thousands of consumer allies will be joined on March 15th by New York Times bestselling author and U.S. Women’s Soccer legend! Sometimes two things come together for the first time and the fit is just right, like it had always been meant to be.  That’s what happened in Immokalee last summer when longtime leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers met their new neighbors from Naples, New York Times bestselling author, Glennon Doyle, and U.S. Women’s Soccer superstar, Abby Wambach. The excitement of that first visit, one of many highlights in what was truly a remarkable year for […]

Why we are fasting…

February 8, 2018

Exactly one month from today on March 8th, International Women’s Day, CIW members will be standing in the streets of New York to hold a press conference ahead of next month’s Freedom Fast and Time’s Up Wendy’s March.  To celebrate a day where women around the world stand up to protect their rights, farmworker women from Immokalee will announce why they are planning to give up a week’s worth of work — and five days of food — to advance their struggle to end sexual violence in the fields. Today, we bring you a preview of their message.  (And, if you […]

The Atlantic: The Fair Food Program “represents hope for workers in an industry where, for generations, there’s been very little…”

February 4, 2018

Investigative reporting out of The Atlantic charts devastating history of sexual violence in agriculture, identifies FFP as “source of hope” for the industry…  Last week, The Atlantic, one of the country’s longest-running magazines, published an in-depth piece on the prevalence of sexual violence in U.S. agriculture.  After months of extensive research, both historical and of the current agricultural industry, the magazine singled out the CIW’s Fair Food Program as a rare example of success in combatting the scourge of farmworker sexual abuse, offering a ray of hope not only for agriculture, but for other low-wage industries across the country as […]

The Fair Food Program goes to Washington…

February 1, 2018

Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL): “Laura’s tireless efforts to provide workers with a safe, dignified workplace is an example that all industries – from farms, to hotels, to Hollywood – can follow.” Frankel (cont’d.): “Our nation is in the middle of a cultural revolution, where workers are demanding respectful workplaces that are free of sexual harassment. I’m bringing Laura and her success story to Washington to echo that call.” In a nod to the gesture that launched the Time’s Up movement at last month’s Golden Globes ceremony in Hollywood, dozens of Congresswomen and Congressmen took the opportunity of Wednesday night’s State […]

REGISTER NOW: The Freedom Fast and Time’s Up Wendy’s March are coming!

January 30, 2018

A beautiful flyer, a brand-new website with all the details, and a list of caravans from around the country… we’ve got what you need to join the CIW’s major spring action in New York City, March 11-15! It is that time of year:  An advance organizing crew from Immokalee has settled into the Big Apple, the site of this year’s major action in the Wendy’s Boycott.  The electric buzz of anticipation is starting to spread through the Fair Food Nation ahead of the mobilization.  The farmworker community has a bus reserved and the seats are filling up.  The Freedom Fast, […]

NPR’s 1A brings news of new book on CIW, story of Fair Food movement, to millions of listeners!

January 26, 2018

Dean of Pardee RAND Graduate School Susan Marquis’s book, “I am not a tractor!“, attracts national attention to remarkable story — and promising future — of Fair Food movement… Over the past month, word has spread about an extraordinary new book from the Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School in California, Susan Marquis.  Marquis’s volume, titled “I Am Not a Tractor!: How Florida Farmworkers Took On the Fast Food Giants and Won” emerges from years of dedicated research, including hundreds of hours of conversation with CIW staff and auditors from the Fair Food Standards Council, and offers a history […]

Drumbeat grows louder for FFP as proven solution for Time’s Up movement!

January 24, 2018

The Nation: “When it comes to creating a workplace where women are empowered to report sexual harassment—and receive justice rather than retaliation when they do so—the farmworkers of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) offer a proven model…” The list of publications connecting the dots between the Time’s Up movement and the CIW’s Fair Food Program — the former a movement that has built an extraordinary amount of awareness and is now in search of a solution, the latter a movement that has built an extraordinary solution and is in constant search of greater awareness — is growing by the […]

PHOTO REPORT: 160+ faith leaders take action in Wendy’s Boycott for Day of Fasting and Witness!

January 22, 2018

Faith leaders from coast to coast:  “Wendy’s has a moral obligation to do its part in ending the sexual abuse and human rights violations among the people who grow and harvest our food…” Twenty years ago last Thursday — January 18, 1997 — six farmworkers received the host from Bishop John Nevins of the Diocese of Venice to break their fast and end a thirty day hunger strike that riveted Southwest Florida, and drew the attention of outside observers from soon-to-be Governor Jeb Bush to former President Jimmy Carter.  The workers undertook the hunger strike to demand a seat at […]

“A movement, not a moment”: Lessons from the Fair Food Program for the growing fight against sexual harassment and assault in the workplace…

January 2, 2018

As the New York Times rang in the New Year with a story announcing the organization of an exciting new coalition of “300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives” formed to pursue an “ambitious, sprawling initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide,” an article published late last month by In These Times provided a timely reminder of the importance of workers’ voices in building a sustainable movement to reshape workplaces, from movie sets to produce farms, across the country: … Ana Orozco, the national organizer for feminism and gender justice at the Grassroots Global […]