Over the past 15 years, through the tenacious Campaign for Fair Food, hundreds of thousands of students and youth have fought shoulder-to-shoulder alongside farmworkers to bring corporate giants to implement human rights in their supply chain. And the unprecedented result of that epic (and ongoing) fight — the creation and implementation of the award-winning Fair Food Program — is guaranteeing freedom to work free from sexual harassment, an end to forced labor, access to shade, water, bathrooms and the right to report abuse without fear of retaliation to farmworkers in tomato fields across the East Coast, as well as bell pepper and strawberry fields in Florida.
Now, our challenge is not only to strengthen and expand these rights, but to also sustain them for the long haul. And that’s why this holiday season, we invite you to give the gift of human rights to a friend or family member by making a sustaining donation in their honor. The impact of a sustaining donation is truly remarkable:
If 20 people gave $20 a month, SFA would have the resources to fully fund both of the Steering Committee’s annual strategy meetings for 2017 — the Face to Face in January and the Mid-year Retreat in the summer — where SFA’s official leadership body convenes to formulate student-specific strategy in the Campaign for Fair Food, share and build upon their organizing skills and strengthen relationships with CIW members, SFA staff and fellow SCers.
If you make a recurring donation, consider that if just 10 people commit to becoming Sustainers at $100 a month, the costs of 100 students and young people attending the annual SFA Encuentro will be completely covered, including meals, lodging, meeting space, materials, and travel scholarships for this crucial gathering in Immokalee. The Encuentro is a pivotal moment for youth of the Fair Food movement to develop campaign strategy, build leadership skills, and create a strong community. And this year, it will be more critical than ever that young people are equipped to protect the future of the Fair Food Program and our communities at large.
If 5 people made sustaining donations at $250 a month, the SFA network would be able to fund two full 60-passenger buses of students and communities allies from the Northeast to Columbus for the culmination of the CIW’s 2017 Return to Human Rights Tour this March. Major actions like these — where farmworkers and their allies meet in action and convivio — are the beating heart of our work in solidarity with CIW.
Finally, we are sharing an example of the impact of donations to the Fair Food Sustainer Program directly from the CIW’s website:
“If 25 people gave $25 a month, the CIW worker-to-worker education team would have the resources necessary to bring Fair Food Program education to 1,000 workers in the northern states of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina each summer, where the team rises before dawn each morning, drives to distant fields, and informs workers, face to face, of their right to work free of violence, sexual harassment, and dangerous working conditions.”
Your gift to the Fair Food Sustainer Program is an investment in a different future: A future where the New Day of human rights dawning in fields across the East coast becomes the norm. It is an investment in the future of the world we are creating together – one where all people are treated with dignity and respect on the job, at home and beyond.