Author: Coalition of Immokalee Workers

UK’s Sunday Times Letter to the Editor highlights Fair Food Program as solution to forced labor, sexual abuse in European agriculture!

UK’s Sunday Times Letter to the Editor highlights Fair Food Program as solution to forced labor, sexual abuse in European agriculture!

[caption id="attachment_26858" align="aligncenter" width="710"] A farmworker harvesting grape tomatoes on a Fair Food Program farm.[/caption] Sunday Times UK Letter to the Editor:  The Fair Food Program "harnesses the purchasing power of buyers through legally binding agreements that hold buyers accountable, and it has eradicated slavery and sexual abuse in the fields." Earlier this month (and in the wake of the >> Read More
Sept. 26-29, 2019: Student/Farmworker Alliance announces annual Encuentro in Immokalee!

Sept. 26-29, 2019: Student/Farmworker Alliance announces annual Encuentro in Immokalee!

Students, youth set to gather for massive strategy session for the Wendy’s Boycott, Boot the Braids Campaign… Even as CIW and Alliance for Fair Food organizers criss-cross the United States on a series of "Boot the Braids" Truth Tours this summer, young people around the country are preparing for one the most exciting times of the year:  The annual SFA >> Read More
Part One: “Boot the Braids” Truth Tour makes a splash along the East Coast!

Part One: “Boot the Braids” Truth Tour makes a splash along the East Coast!

Hundreds of students, people of faith and community leaders in Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Philadelphia, New Brunswick and New York prepare to support student-led effort to boot Wendy’s off campuses this fall… Last week, farmworker leaders of the CIW and student organizers with the Student/Farmworker Alliance wrapped up a two-week journey through six major cities along the East Coast, drawing to >> Read More
United Church of Christ presents the “Movement Maker” Award to CIW!

United Church of Christ presents the “Movement Maker” Award to CIW!

Rev. Traci Blackmon, UCC Associate Minister of Justice and Local Ministries: The CIW "has embodied [the UCC ethos] with clarity, determination, resilience and strength on behalf of farmworkers whose holy work of planting and harvesting benefits us all.” Last week, on June 22nd, thousands of church leaders rose to their feet in a rousing ovation as the United Church of >> Read More
The Guardian: Europe’s “healthy Mediterranean diet is, sometimes, the fruit of 21st-century slavery…”

The Guardian: Europe’s “healthy Mediterranean diet is, sometimes, the fruit of 21st-century slavery…”

The Guardian: "[European] supermarkets and their suppliers cite their use of certifications that are intended to reassure consumers that the goods we buy are produced under legal labour practices. But as these stories demonstrate, such figleaves are totally unreliable, and simply make the consumer unwittingly complicit: those purchasing Italian produce are unaware that their healthy Mediterranean diet is, sometimes, the >> Read More
Why sustain Fair Food?  Allies, farmworkers and Fair Food Sustainers have their say!

Why sustain Fair Food? Allies, farmworkers and Fair Food Sustainers have their say!

During this week's Sustainer Drive, we have examined the Fair Food movement from multiple angles: the inner workings of the Fair Food Program's mechanisms and enforcement power; the boundless promise of the Worker-driven Social Responsibility model for workers in other industries; the ever-growing Campaign for Fair Food; and of course, the impact of the program in the lives of workers >> Read More
What is fueling the Fair Food Program?  Market power.

What is fueling the Fair Food Program? Market power.

This week, we've had an opportunity to explore the mechanisms that make the Fair Food Program such a powerful system for protecting farmworkers' fundamental human rights.  We also took a look ahead at the limitless prospects for the Fair Food Program to expand its protections to tens of thousands of more farmworkers across the U.S. agricultural industry, as well as >> Read More
“The movement of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has seeded grassroots movements around the country…”

“The movement of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has seeded grassroots movements around the country…”

The promise of Worker-driven Social Responsibility:  "[The CIW's] visionary leadership and unceasing support played a key role in the launch of Milk with Dignity, a worker-driven social responsibility program that is transforming the dairy industry, just as the Fair Food Program has transformed the tomato industry, to ensure respect and dignity for workers." In August of 2017, we woke up >> Read More
Worlds apart: Life with – and without – the protections of the Fair Food Program…

Worlds apart: Life with – and without – the protections of the Fair Food Program…

"I have been working in the fields for 37 years," she said. "And before, there was nothing.  No shade, no water.  But today, that has changed.  Thank God for the Coalition." As you read this, the Fair Food Program Education Team – a seasoned group of educators, armed with human rights booklets and large-scale drawings depicting common scenes from the fields >> Read More