Author: Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Media round-up of the Farmworker Freedom Festival’s Day 3 Pilgrimage of Hope

Media round-up of the Farmworker Freedom Festival’s Day 3 Pilgrimage of Hope

[caption id="attachment_37943" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Farmworkers and consumers view an exhibit documenting “A Day in the Life of the Fair Food Program” as part of the CIW’s mobile Modern-day Slavery Museum in Bradley Park.[/caption] Lupe Gonzalo, CIW: "We wanted as workers to leave the place where we live and the place where we work, and come here to the place Nelson >> Read More
4 Ways to support the upcoming Farmworker Freedom Festival!

4 Ways to support the upcoming Farmworker Freedom Festival!

1) COME TO THE FESTIVAL! If you’re in Florida, register today to join farmworkers and their allies for three days of celebrating farmworkers’ human rights and the Fair Food Program 2) DONATE: If you’re unable to participate in person, you can join our campaign to raise funds for the festival's needs 3) SEND A SOLIDARITY MESSAGE: Write a message or send a >> Read More
Release: First-ever Farmworker Freedom Festival to celebrate human rights gains of the Fair Food Program, call on corporate holdout Wendy’s to join

Release: First-ever Farmworker Freedom Festival to celebrate human rights gains of the Fair Food Program, call on corporate holdout Wendy’s to join

A 3-day celebration of farmworker culture and fundamental human rights featuring the CIW’s mobile Modern-day Slavery Museum, a benefit concert, and original theater and art, including a two-story tall farmworker puppet named Esperanza giving voice to the country’s 1.5 million farmworkers in their ongoing fight for fundamental human rights Press and Media opportunities: March 8, 1 PM - 340 S >> Read More
Washington Post heralds Fair Food Program’s groundbreaking heat illness prevention standards!

Washington Post heralds Fair Food Program’s groundbreaking heat illness prevention standards!

[caption id="attachment_37735" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Farmworkers in GA attending an on-the-clock, worker-to-worker education session on their rights under the Fair Food Program[/caption] Washington Post, "These farmworkers created America’s strongest workplace heat rules," 2/17/24: * "Leonel Pérez remembers when conditions on tomato farms were very different. He started picking tomatoes when he was 20. Summers were hot and humid. Workers sometimes fainted >> Read More
Compass Group and Foodbuy visit Immokalee as the Fair Food Program’s rapid expansion continues

Compass Group and Foodbuy visit Immokalee as the Fair Food Program’s rapid expansion continues

[caption id="attachment_37696" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Compass and Foodbuy representatives visited Immokalee to see the Fair Food Program's industry-leading workplace protections in action. Here, delegation members join CIW and Pacific Tomato Growers representatives for a photo during a farm visit to Pacific's operations outside Immokalee, where they saw a worker-to-worker education session and toured the fields.[/caption] “As a long-standing participating buyer in >> Read More
“We needed to create a new form of power.“  Watch CIW Co-Founder Lucas Benitez speak on human rights revolution that began in Immokalee

“We needed to create a new form of power.“ Watch CIW Co-Founder Lucas Benitez speak on human rights revolution that began in Immokalee

CIW’s Lucas Benitez: “I arrived ready to go into the field and to perform that labor, but what I was not prepared for was facing constant violations of my human rights in the process.” “We, as workers, were able to create real consequences where before there existed none.” To mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of >> Read More
Read how farmworkers launched the historic Fair Food Program in new Food, Inc. 2 Book

Read how farmworkers launched the historic Fair Food Program in new Food, Inc. 2 Book

Newly released book -- including chapters from Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, and Senator Cory Booker -- to accompany spring release of sequel to Oscar-nominated, Emmy Award-winning documentary Food, Inc. CIW: “Through the unrelenting struggle and sacrifice of tens of thousands of workers and their consumer allies, the CIW’s successful efforts have transformed an industry once dubbed ‘ground zero for modern-​day slavery’ >> Read More
Grocery giant and Fair Food holdout Kroger linked to yet another modern slavery ring

Grocery giant and Fair Food holdout Kroger linked to yet another modern slavery ring

Investigation from The Lever: "Multibillion-dollar retail giant Kroger Company defended its proposed takeover of rival Albertsons Companies, Inc. by highlighting its partnership with a blueberry grower that hired a labor contractor accused of orchestrating one of the largest human trafficking rings in modern U.S. history." "Kroger has not joined the Fair Food Program, and refused to let its shareholders vote >> Read More
Save the Date! Farmworker Freedom Festival – March 8-10 in Palm Beach, FL

Save the Date! Farmworker Freedom Festival – March 8-10 in Palm Beach, FL

What:  A 3-day celebration of farmworkers’ human rights featuring the CIW’s mobile Modern-day Slavery Museum, a benefit concert, and original farmworker theater and art, including a two-story tall, life-like farmworker puppet walking the streets of Palm Beach, giving voice to the country’s farmworker community in their ongoing fight for fundamental human rights When, Where:  March 8-10, 2024, Palm Beach, Florida >> Read More