Author: CIW

Growing wave of brutal modern-day slavery operations in agriculture prompts renewed calls for expansion of Fair Food Program

Growing wave of brutal modern-day slavery operations in agriculture prompts renewed calls for expansion of Fair Food Program

[caption id="attachment_34904" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Officials from the U.S. Justice Department, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and state and local law enforcement officers speak at a news conference in Waycross, Georgia on Monday, November 22, to announce indictments in the case of U.S. v. Patricio et al.[/caption] Atlanta Journal-Constitution: >> Read More
New video from Phoenix, AZ, provides timely reminder that a preventable police killing can never be justified…

New video from Phoenix, AZ, provides timely reminder that a preventable police killing can never be justified…

[caption id="attachment_34654" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Banner petition, signed by over 1,000 Immokalee community members, declares that "An injury to one is an injury to all" and demands accountability for the wrongful death of single father and Immokalee farmworker Nicolas Morales.[/caption] Video of recent police shooting in Phoenix, AZ, provides timely, real-world demonstration of the actions and decisions Collier County Sheriff's Office >> Read More
Corporate Accountability Lab sues Hershey and Rainforest Alliance for “false and deceptive marketing representations”

Corporate Accountability Lab sues Hershey and Rainforest Alliance for “false and deceptive marketing representations”

[caption id="attachment_30852" align="alignleft" width="2048"] A promotional poster for a November 18, 2019, march in New York City demanding Wendy's verify its claims of social responsibility in its suppliers' greenhouse operations.  The claims made in the Corporate Accountability Lab's (CAL) lawsuit filed last month against Hershey's and the corporate social responsibility giant Rainforest Alliance — after CAL "documented hazardous child labor >> Read More
Three academics, one WSR activist, and one corporate social responsibility expert walk into a bar…

Three academics, one WSR activist, and one corporate social responsibility expert walk into a bar…

… and this is the drawing they left behind on a cocktail napkin! Authors: "True cost of [dignified] labour must be worker-defined." Unique team of academics and Worker-driven Social Responsibility practitioners pens extended letter to the editor of the peer-reviewed scientific and technology research journal, Nature.com, calls for researchers studying the "True Cost Accounting" of "decent" labor systems to "lend >> Read More
Latest slavery indictments expose exploitive nature of H-2A “guestworker” program…

Latest slavery indictments expose exploitive nature of H-2A “guestworker” program…

[caption id="attachment_4167" align="aligncenter" width="565"] A Naples Daily News editorial cartoon from the 1990s captured the shock and disbelief of the Southwest Florida community at the exposure of modern-day slavery rings operating out of Immokalee at the time.  Today, more than two decades later,  forced labor has been effectively eliminated on Fair Food Program farms, but the CIW continues to uncover >> Read More
“Here’s what justice looks like to me”: Read Nicolas Morales Jr.’s open letter on losing his father, re-posted.

“Here’s what justice looks like to me”: Read Nicolas Morales Jr.’s open letter on losing his father, re-posted.

 WATCH: Naples Daily News video (above), "Coalition of Immokalee Workers asks for justice in the death of Nicolas Morales"... Nicolas Morales Jr.: "I will need to be strong, and with the help of loving people, I will manage to become stronger, and to become a good man, just like my dad was." Last week's vigil and petition delivery outside >> Read More
Immokalee youth: “Our community is not safe until those officers are gone from our streets…”

Immokalee youth: “Our community is not safe until those officers are gone from our streets…”

[caption id="attachment_34670" align="aligncenter" width="800"] On Friday, Sept 17, Jesse Andrade, right, Nicolas Morales's stepson, speaks to a representative of the Collier County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Rene Gonzales, left, about the pain caused to his family and to his community by Nicolas's brutal shooting and mauling death exactly one year ago in Immokalee's Farmworker Village neighborhood at the hands of Collier >> Read More
The time for waiting is over.  The time for action is now.

The time for waiting is over. The time for action is now.

[caption id="attachment_34433" align="alignleft" width="6000"] Nicolas Morales's brother speaks to over 100 friends, family members, and supporters from Immokalee, Naples, and Ft. Myers at a vigil held in Immokalee earlier this year.[/caption] Nearly a year has passed without justice for Nicolas Morales, gunned down by Collier County Sheriff's deputy who remains on the job, and in our streets, today... Leaving bad >> Read More
Relief from the Heat!…

Relief from the Heat!…

[caption id="attachment_34477" align="alignleft" width="2000"] A Fair Food Program Education Team member meets with workers in Tennessee at Smoky Mountain Farms earlier this summer.[/caption] Fair Food Program sets new, enforceable standards to protect farmworkers from heat stress in a warming world... New FFP standards require mandatory breaks, comprehensive training, and emergency response protocols on participating farms as summer season temperatures once >> Read More
A tale of two police killings…

A tale of two police killings…

[caption id="attachment_33673" align="aligncenter" width="800"] A still from the dash cam video of Nicolas Morales’ killing by Corporal Pierre Jean last September in Immokalee’s Farmworker Village. The image is of the moment Cpl. Jean shot four bullets at Nicolas from close range.[/caption] Two very similar killings at the hands of the police result in two very different findings on responsibility of >> Read More