Author: CIW

WE CALL FOR: Justice for Nicolas; Transparency, accountability, and community partnership in Immokalee…

WE CALL FOR: Justice for Nicolas; Transparency, accountability, and community partnership in Immokalee…

Golpear a uno es golpear a todos; An injury to one is an injury to all... Imagine, just for a moment, a different world from this one — a world defined not by fear, distrust, and tribalism, but by respect, accountability, and a culture of shared humanity.  In this imagined world, all is not perfect, because humans are imperfect, but how >> Read More
As he lay dying…

As he lay dying…

[caption id="attachment_32877" align="aligncenter" width="900"] A young Immokalee resident attends a vigil in Farmworker Village on September 18, 2020, following the shooting of Nicolas Morales Besanilla by Corporal Pierre Jean.[/caption] Terrifying brutality of Nicolas Morales's death at the hands of the police -- deemed "legally justifiable" by the State Attorney -- cannot be allowed to stand... Justice for Nicolas, deep and >> Read More
Publix: Radicals in the heartland?…

Publix: Radicals in the heartland?…

[caption id="attachment_33610" align="aligncenter" width="468"] Farmworkers and their allies fast outside Publix headquarters in Lakeland, Florida, during a week-long, non-violent protest in March of 2012, calling on Publix to join the leading human rights program in the field of social responsibility, the Fair Food Program.[/caption] Recent revelations in Wall Street Journal cast new light on dangerous, anti-democratic ideology behind friendly facade >> Read More
Better Angels, or Bitter Fruit?…

Better Angels, or Bitter Fruit?…

Shutterstock What we do next will determine who wins the battle at the heart of American history… ********** Newly-elected Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock, from Sunday sermon following Wednesday’s attack on Capitol:  “Just as we were trying to put on our celebration shoes, the ugly side of our story, our great and grand American story, began to emerge”... “We saw the >> Read More
CIW at 2020 Climate Underground Conference: “The pandemic was like a stress test… for the food system as a whole”…

CIW at 2020 Climate Underground Conference: “The pandemic was like a stress test… for the food system as a whole”…

CIW: "The disconnect between the people who pick fruits and vegetables for a living and the people who buy them and eat them at the end of the chain is almost total..." Late last month, former Vice President Al Gore held a virtual version of a gathering organized on his family's farm in Tennessee for the first time last year >> Read More
Author: Corporate Social Responsibility “badly failing to detect, address, and prevent forced labour in the global economy.”

Author: Corporate Social Responsibility “badly failing to detect, address, and prevent forced labour in the global economy.”

[caption id="attachment_30867" align="aligncenter" width="704"] In late 2019, more than 500 farmworkers and supporters marched through Manhattan, demanding transparency and a real commitment to farmworkers' human rights from Wendy's.  The hamburger giant continues to claim that its corporate code of conduct and occasional audits are sufficient to guarantee respect for workers’ rights in its supply chain despite a growing academic consensus >> Read More
“From empty standards to enforceable rights”…

“From empty standards to enforceable rights”…

[caption id="attachment_33158" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Cover image from Migrant Justice's first biennial report on the groundbreaking Milk with Dignity Program (photo by Vera Chang).  The report covers the history of the innovative human rights program, its mechanisms for monitoring and enforcement, and the results from its first two years of operation.[/caption] Migrant Justice releases landmark report documenting unprecedented progress in Vermont >> Read More
Great new article in The Nation: “The Immokalee Way: Protecting Farmworkers Amid a Pandemic”…

Great new article in The Nation: “The Immokalee Way: Protecting Farmworkers Amid a Pandemic”…

Excellent reporting from The Nation takes sweeping look at this spring's first big COVID-19 outbreak among essential farmworkers -- involving workers sleeping two to a bed in overcrowded, unpermitted housing -- at Green Empire greenhouse in upstate NY; Green Empire greenhouse “owned by Ontario-based Mastronardi Produce, the largest distributor of hydroponic, indoor-grown produce in North America, and owner of at least six such facilities across the United States”; >> Read More
Collier County Sheriff’s changing version of events that led to police shooting of Nicolas Morales undermines public trust in the investigation and demands immediate transparency…

Collier County Sheriff’s changing version of events that led to police shooting of Nicolas Morales undermines public trust in the investigation and demands immediate transparency…

[caption id="attachment_32877" align="aligncenter" width="900"] A young Immokalee resident holds a sign during last month's prayer vigil following the fatal police shooting of Nicolas Morales.[/caption] Collier County Sheriff's Office issues conflicting statements on last month's fatal shooting of Nicolas Morales;  Multiple discrepancies cast doubt on several key elements of the events leading up to Nicolas' death at the hands of Collier >> Read More