Author: CIW

As COVID-19 cases increase nearly tenfold in two weeks in Immokalee, Doctors Without Borders turns to the press for tests, resources…

As COVID-19 cases increase nearly tenfold in two weeks in Immokalee, Doctors Without Borders turns to the press for tests, resources…

[caption id="attachment_31889" align="aligncenter" width="800"] An educational box truck designed by the Collier County Health Department carries its message through the streets of Immokalee last month.[/caption] Doctors Without Borders to NPR: We need “more access to tests that we can use so the persons who are positive, their contacts could get tested, so we can quell this outbreak.” After weeks of >> Read More
COVID-19 testing underway in Immokalee!

COVID-19 testing underway in Immokalee!

[caption id="attachment_31917" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Immokalee residents line up to be tested for COVID-19 on Sunday as the Collier County Department of Health begins three days of testing following calls by the CIW and tens of thousands of allies for more attention from state and local health officials for the vulnerable farmworker community.[/caption] Hundreds of Immokalee residents walk, bike, and drive >> Read More
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
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
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
“A ticking time bomb…”

“A ticking time bomb…”

[caption id="attachment_31717" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Work shoes outside a one-room apartment in Immokalee offer mute testimony to the severely overcrowded conditions typical of most farmworker housing as the coronavirus crisis looms.[/caption] Despite some advances, farmworkers' efforts to secure aggressive community testing and a field hospital in Immokalee ahead of imminent coronavirus disaster still racing against the clock... SIGN THE PETITION NOW >> 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
“After #MeToo, This Group Has Nearly Erased Sexual Harassment in Farm Fields”…

“After #MeToo, This Group Has Nearly Erased Sexual Harassment in Farm Fields”…

[caption id="attachment_31652" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The Fair Food Program Education Team leads a discussion on sexual harassment with workers on a Participating Grower's farm in South Carolina.[/caption] Reporter embeds with Fair Food Program Audit and Education teams, documents unprecedented progress in combating sexual harassment and other labor rights violations in extraordinary new article published by Civil Eats... Participating Grower: "This is >> Read More
Telemundo video: “You’ve had to confront real powers, large corporations…”

Telemundo video: “You’ve had to confront real powers, large corporations…”

Reporter: "What's the hardest challenge you've had to face?" Lucas Benitez, CIW: "The resistance, the corporate avarice.  Often they think more about the money than about the well-being of human beings, of the people who, at the end of the day, generate the profits that they receive." Spanish-language news giant Telemundo traveled to Immokalee last week to cover the Time >> Read More
Follow the money?  Yes, of course!  But where, exactly?…

Follow the money? Yes, of course! But where, exactly?…

[caption id="attachment_31541" align="aligncenter" width="839"] As Wendy's largest shareholder, billion-dollar hedge fund Trian Partners plays an outsized role in the fast-food giant's decision-making. Trian CEO Nelson Peltz is Wendy's Board Chairman and head of the company's Social Responsibility Board Committee, while leading Trian executives Peter May and Matthew Peltz also occupy key decision-making roles in Wendy's inner circles. Trian Partners' influence >> Read More