Starting today (Friday, 11/10), the Harvest without Violence Campaign hits New York City!

Farmworker women take fight to end sexual violence to the doorstep of Wendy’s Board Chair, Nelson Peltz…

CIW Women’s Group to remind Peltz of his fellow CEO’s words of warning (Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook):  “If you know something is happening and you fail to take action, whether you are a man or a woman — especially when you are in power — you are responsible, too.”

Starting today, Friday, November 10, and continuing through Nov. 20th, the CIW’s new “Harvest without Violence” mobile exhibit is hitting the Big Apple! 

After weeks with no response to the CIW Women’s Group’s powerful letter to Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz, farmworkers and their consumer allies are taking the fight to end sexual violence in the fields straight to Mr. Peltz’s doorstep in New York City.  Over the next ten days, the CIW will display the Harvest without Violence exhibit in a number of high-profile locations throughout the city, including Columbia University’s Low Plaza, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and Washington Square Park (you can find a full schedule of exhibit locations and public events at the end of this post).

Students visit the Harvest without Violence mobile exhibit during a recent visit to the University of North Carolina.

Then, on the CIW’s final day in New York City, November 20th, CIW members and allies will converge on Mr. Peltz’s offices in Manhattan to demand that Wendy’s do its part to end sexual harassment and assault in the fields by joining the Fair Food Program.  If you live in the New York City area, make your voice heard in support of human rights and join us for this historic protest!

How you can support the protest if you don’t live near New York: Take part in the National Call-In Day, Nov. 20th!

The workers who will be protesting in New York need your support, whether or not you can be there on the 20th in Manhattan!  Farmworker women are calling on the tens of thousands of Fair Food activists who are not based in New York City to support their protest outside Mr. Peltz’s downtown hedge fund offices with a National Call-In Day.  Here are the details:

Call Wendy’s Board Chair and urge him to join the Fair Food Program on Nov. 20!

Wendy’s Board Chair and major shareholder, Nelson Peltz, has been called upon time and again to bring Wendy’s into the Fair Food Program. As Board Chair and as chair of Wendy’s Corporate Social Responsibility Board Committee, Mr. Peltz should be upholding real human rights for farmworkers instead of hiding behind an illusory Supplier Code of Conduct that excludes workers’ voices and lacks consequences for abuses. 

Sexual violence and other human rights abuses are shockingly widespread in the Mexican produce industry where Wendy’s is currently buying its tomatoes.  Wendy’s urgently needs to join the Fair Food Program to do its part in building a future in which farmworker women no longer have to surrender their dignity just to put food on their families’ tables.

On Nov. 20, call the offices of Wendy’s Board Chair Mr. Nelson Peltz ahead of a major boycott mobilization there that same day!

New York action details…

If you are in New York City, make sure to take time in the next week to see the Harvest without Violence exhibit, which is showing everywhere from Columbia University to Washington Square Park.  Here’s the action-packed rundown:


Friday, Nov. 10

Mobile Exhibit
Sidewalk outside the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan (Rain site: JCC Auditorium)
334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (until 2 p.m. in case of rain)

Saturday, Nov. 11

Mobile Exhibit
Grounds at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Rain site: Synod Hall)
1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 12

“Bible in the Middle” Harvest without Violence dialogue
Middle Collegiate Church
50 East 7th St. in Manhattan
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

CIW reading of “Si Se Puede” by Diana Cohn, and presentation at the Children’s Multicultural Book Fair
Hosted by Middle Collegiate Church
50 East 7th St. in Manhattan
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Facebook event / Flyer

Mobile Exhibit
Grounds at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Rain site: Synod Hall)
1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 13

Harvest without Violence: Worker Dialogue with the CIW
Co-hosted by Law at the Margins and New York Taxi Workers Alliance
31-10 37th Ave, Suite #300, LIC
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Facebook event

Mobile Exhibit
Low Plaza (in front of Low Library) at Columbia University
116th St & Broadway, New York, NY
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Mobile Exhibit
Lobby of the Lower East Side Girls Club
402 East 8th St, New York, NY
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Harvest without Violence: A panel on women’s rights and farmworker human rights
Organized by the Columbia Department of Sociology
509 Knox Hall, 606 W. 122nd St 
12 – 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16

Screening of Food Chains and CIW talk-back
Co-hosted by the JCC of Harlem and Repair the World
318 West 118th St in Manhattan
7 p.m.

Mobile Exhibit
Garibaldi Plaza at Washington Square Park (Rain site: Assembly Hall in Judson Memorial Church)
Washington Square Park, New York, NY
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18

Mobile Exhibit
Poly Prep Country Day School (by reservation only)
9216 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Please reserve a spot at patricia (at)

Saturday, Nov. 18

Harvest without Violence Art Build!
Time and location TBD

Sunday, Nov. 19

The Forum Seeking Justice: Harvest without Violence
Hosted by St Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th St, New York, NY
12 p.m.

Mobile Exhibit
Easy Church Yard (along 2nd Ave.) at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (Rain site: Parish Hall)
131 East 10th St, New York, NY
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Community Gathering with CIW
Fourth Universalist Society
160 Central Park West, New York, NY
7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 20

Harvest without Violence: March from Wendy’s to the offices of Board Chair Nelson Peltz
5:30 p.m. at Wendy’s at 714 3rd Ave
Facebook event / Press release / Flyer

Mobile Exhibit
West End of the Sanctuary at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
325 Park Ave, New York, NY
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.