Author: CIW

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
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