Chipocrisy Tour a huge success!
October 15, 2008 - Here's a round-up of the reports, media coverage, and video from the recently-concluded Chipocrisy Tour, including photos from the overnight vigil in front of Chipotle's corporate headquarters in Denver!
- CIW photo report
- New York Times Sunday Magazine: "Food Fighters," 10/07/08
- Green Fork: "What's fair got to do with the price of green tomatoes,"10/15/08
CIW, Just Harvest promote Fair Food at inaugural Slow Food Nation gathering!
September 20, 2008 - On Labor Day weekend, Just Harvest and the CIW joined over 85,000 other supporters of the "good food" movement for a unique weekend in San Francisco. Click here for the photo report and analysis!
And don't miss this great video with Eric Schlosser shot during the Slow Food gathering where he makes a strong argument for worker justice as integral to truly sustainable food! Or you can check him out in print over at The Nation ("Slow Food for Thought," 9/22/08).
Whole Foods Market, CIW announce partnership for Fair Food!
September 8, 2008 - Earlier today, the CIW and Whole Foods Market announced their intention to "work in partnership to help improve wages and working conditions for Florida tomato pickers." Gerardo Reyes Chavez of the CIW had this to say of the landmark agreement:
“With this agreement, the Campaign for Fair Food has again broken new ground. This is not only our first agreement in the supermarket industry but, in working with Whole Foods Market, we have the opportunity to really raise the bar to establish and ensure modern day labor standards and conditions in Florida.”
Long, hot summer for Chipotle as campaign reaches new heights!
August 15, 2008 - More than two years after the Coalition of Immokalee Workers reached out to Chipotle Mexican Grill to forge a partnership for justice in Florida's tomato fields, the gourmet burrito chain continues to ignore farmworkers' and consumers' growing calls for action. In response to this deafening silence, the Chipotle campaign has reached new heights this summer.
On August 8th, more than 100 students protest outside Chipotle's corporate headquarters in Denver, CO! Don't miss this excellent firsthand photo report courtesy of the Student/Farmworker Alliance!
In June, the CIW re-released an open letter to Chipotle written by leading scholars in the fields of labor law and labor studies blasting the chain for its unilateral suspension of tomato purchases from Florida in response to the Campaign for Fair Food. And here are some of the media highlights:
- The Nation: "Want some basic human dignity with that burrito?" 7/29/08
- Grist: "When will the conscientious burrito chain pay up for less exploitative tomatoes?" 7/3/08
- The Pump Handle: "Chipotle's 'Food With Integrity' ignores tomato pickers," 7/3/08
Burger King, CIW reach accord, hold press conference and singing ceremony at U.S. Capitol!
|Lucas Benitez (CIW) and Melody Gonzalez (Student/ Farmworker Alliance) are joined by Senator Bernie Sanders at the US Capitol.|
May 23, 2008 - After a two-year campaign, the CIW and Burger King announced terms on Fair Food agreement to improve wages and working conditions in the fast-food giant's tomato supply chain at a signing ceremony held at the U.S. Capitol. Lucas Benitez of the CIW remarked:
"The events of the past months have been trying. But we are prepared to move forward, together now with Burger King, toward a future of full respect for the human rights of workers in the Florida tomato fields.
Today we are one step closer to building a world where we, as farmworkers, can enjoy a fair wage and humane working conditions in exchange for the hard and essential work we do everyday. We are not there yet, but we are getting there, and this agreement should send a strong message to the rest of the restaurant and supermarket industry: Now is the time to join Yum! Brands, McDonalds, and Burger King in righting the wrongs that have been allowed to linger in Florida’s fields for far too long."
- CIW photo report and joint press release
- New York Times: "Burger King grants raise to pickers," 5/24/08
- The Nation: "Sweet victory: Coalition of Immokalee Workers wins," 5/23/08
- U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) analysis