Author: Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Fair Food Program expands to hundreds more farmworkers in the Volunteer State!

Fair Food Program expands to hundreds more farmworkers in the Volunteer State!

Newest Fair Food Program participating grower, Smoky Mountain Family Farms, expands operations in Tennessee, expanding the groundbreaking protections of the Fair Food Program to hundreds of new workers in the process... PLUS: CIW holds inaugural education session with Bloomia workers in Virginia!    Bloomia Health and Safety Manager, Soraya Buckner, introducing the FFP Education Team: "This is a special group >> Read More
Investors rise up: Responsible investors “representing $1 trillion dollars in assets under management urge Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program”!

Investors rise up: Responsible investors “representing $1 trillion dollars in assets under management urge Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program”!

[caption id="attachment_34028" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Members of New York Fair Food gathered during last week's national Wendy's Boycott protests outside the Manhattan offices of hedge fund giant Trian Partners, Wendy’s largest institutional shareholder, to demand that Wendys honor its claims of social responsibility and join its fast-food competitors in embracing the Fair Food Program.[/caption] Over 100 responsible investors sign letter to Wendy's >> Read More
“Wendy’s ignores essential farmworkers” Week of Action reverberates throughout the Fair Food Nation!

“Wendy’s ignores essential farmworkers” Week of Action reverberates throughout the Fair Food Nation!

Fair Food allies in over two dozen cities — from San Francisco, California to Essex, Vermont — bring the fight for farmworker justice directly to Wendy's restaurants and top business partners!    What a whirlwind week for the Fair Food movement!  As thousands of farmworkers received their COVID-19 vaccine last week in Immokalee — after months of advocacy for an equitable >> Read More
This is what vaccine equity looks like!…

This is what vaccine equity looks like!…

[caption id="attachment_34011" align="aligncenter" width="800"] A labor bus drops off dozens of workers directly from the fields at a vaccination clinic in Immokalee as part of a massive vaccination campaign in the Immokalee farmworker community last week.  The Johnson & Johnson vaccines were provided by the FL Department of Emergency Management, with extensive coordination, education, interpretation, and local outreach by the >> Read More
TODAY: Call Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor and demand Wendy’s join the Fair Food Program!

TODAY: Call Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor and demand Wendy’s join the Fair Food Program!

[caption id="attachment_33992" align="aligncenter" width="900"] University of Idaho students march through campus to their local Wendy's restaurant on April 1, 2021.[/caption] Make your voice heard by calling Wendy's corporate headquarters at 614-764-3100 to demand respect for farmworkers' health and safety! The "Demanding Dignity for Farmworkers" Week of Action is underway and off to a great start, with action reports from across >> Read More
MAY DAY CONCERT ANNOUNCED: Tom Morello, Olmeca and more to join call to Boycott Wendy’s!

MAY DAY CONCERT ANNOUNCED: Tom Morello, Olmeca and more to join call to Boycott Wendy’s!

[caption id="attachment_30871" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Young Fair Food leaders lead chants and songs during a Wendy's Boycott action in New York City (2019).[/caption] "Demanding Dignity for Farmworkers" Week of Action kicks off today with many opportunities to take action – both in-person and online! – in the Wendy's Boycott!...  PLUS: SAVE THE DATE for an inspiring virtual May Day Concert to >> Read More
Wendy’s Shareholder Resolution News, Part One: Resolution calling for documentation of Wendy’s claims of social responsibility gaining real momentum ahead annual meeting…

Wendy’s Shareholder Resolution News, Part One: Resolution calling for documentation of Wendy’s claims of social responsibility gaining real momentum ahead annual meeting…

[caption id="attachment_28182" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Thousands march in the streets of New York City outside the downtown offices of hedge fund giant Trian Partners, Wendy's largest shareholder, during the Time's Up Wendy's March in March 2018.[/caption] 2021 shareholder resolution seeks facts on whether, and how, Wendy's enforces its Supplier Code of Conduct... Financial Times: Responsible investment organization ShareAction calls Wendy's shareholder >> Read More
Podcast Recap: “Reimagining Grocery”, from Food + Tech Connect…

Podcast Recap: “Reimagining Grocery”, from Food + Tech Connect…

"The power of the purchasing order" to protect workers and prevent human rights violations in retail food brands' supply chains takes center stage in dynamic panel discussion... In early February, the CIW’s Gerardo Reyes and Greg Asbed joined a panel convened by Food+Tech Connect, a leader in the growing "good food innovation movement," to explore the role and responsibility of >> Read More
CBS News, Politico raise the alarm about vaccination efforts leaving farmworkers behind…

CBS News, Politico raise the alarm about vaccination efforts leaving farmworkers behind…

[caption id="attachment_33936" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Fair Food Program farmworker harvesting cherry tomatoes (Florida, 2021).[/caption] Florida Agricultural Commissioner: "I’ve asked [FL Governor Ron DeSantis] since December to make farmworkers among those eligible next for vaccines, which he refused to do... The lack of empathy and concern for the working people who put food on our tables is appalling.” As the COVID-19 pandemic >> Read More
“The contract at the heart of our community is founded on trust”…

“The contract at the heart of our community is founded on trust”…

[caption id="attachment_33812" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Southwest Florida allies join Immokalee residents in calling for justice for Nicolas Morales at a vigil held earlier this month in Immokalee.[/caption] Sheriff Rambosk's words, actions erode the trust essential to effective policing in Immokalee; The time to rebuild public trust, and reform policing in Immokalee's farmworker community, is now. In 1987, police officers in Memphis, >> Read More