Author: CIW

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers stands with the people of Ukraine as tanks roll again in Europe…

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers stands with the people of Ukraine as tanks roll again in Europe…

[caption id="attachment_35169" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Picasso's anti-fascist, anti-war masterpiece, Guernica, re-imagined in the colors of the flag of Ukraine.[/caption] Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, February 27, 2022: "This is the beginning of a war... against democracy, against basic human rights, against a global order of law, rules and peaceful coexistence." ************************ The Fair Food Program, and Worker-driven Social Responsibility more broadly, are 21st >> Read More
It’s risky business to turn a blind eye to forced labor in today’s agricultural industry, yet here Wendy’s is…

It’s risky business to turn a blind eye to forced labor in today’s agricultural industry, yet here Wendy’s is…

Join us on Saturday, April 2, in Palm Beach, Florida, when we march to end forced labor and other human rights abuses in the fields! Register to march with Immokalee farmworkers here.  In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers helped launch the modern anti-trafficking movement with a series of shocking forced labor prosecutions in Florida's fields. >> Read More
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