“I see something special when I see SFA in action. It gives me hope that this world will be a better place, and I see us transforming it little by little, one corporate giant after another."
“It is our
hope that today's farmworker movement will serve as one of many points
on the horizon that inspires young people to believe in the possibility
of a better world – a world where we all have space to realize
| Who we are
Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) is a national network of students and youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. We work in alliance with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a Florida-based, membership-led organization of mostly Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian low-wage workers.
Following the Taco bell victory and seeking to expand the victory's precedents to the entire tomato industry, the CIW also led successful campaigns resulting in “Fair Food” agreements with McDonald's, Burger King, Whole Foods and Subway. Once again, students and youth played a vital role in this string of victories that spanned 2007-2008.
SFA returned to intensive campus organizing with the launch of the Dine with Dignity campaign in March of 2009, calling on major food service providers to take responsibility for the conditions in which the produce they serve is harvested. In just 16 months, four of the nation's leading foodservice companies (Bon Appetit, Compass Group, Aramark and Sodexo) had agreed to work with the CIW.
Since then, SFAers have played key roles in victories against both Trader Joe's and Chipotle Mexican Grill. On January 16, 2014 —in a testament to the immense power built by students, farmworkers, and other allies over the course of two decades — the world's largest retailer, Walmart, also joined the Fair Food Program, ushering in the expansion of the Program beyond Florida and beyond tomatoes for the first time ever.
Now, as we have in each of the historic "Fair Food" agreements thus far, students will play an indispensable role in breaking the resistance of corporate holdouts like Wendy's and Publix: the only remaining obstacle to a future of fair wages and working conditions in the fields. On campuses across the country, students have pledged to "Boot the Braids", organizing to sever Wendy's licensing contracts until the company joins its fast food competitors as part of the Fair Food Program. Throughout the Southeast, young people have picketed, fasted, and marched on Publix stores to send a message that - until it commits to the FFP - the supermarket giant will never earn our generation's consumer loyalty.
Through tireless organizing grounded in a program of education, action, and leadership development, we were a driving force behind twelve of the largest victories against corporate greed that our generation has seen, and we're just getting started.
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