The fall semester is in full swing, and student leaders in the SFA network are ready to take the Wendy’s Boycott into the streets — and into their university halls! Following the CIW Women’s Group’s breaking announcement this week of their new “Harvest without Violence” campaign, which calls for an end to sexual violence in Wendy’s supply chain, students and youth across the country are making moves to show up by the hundreds in solidarity with farmworker women.
On October 21, the CIW Women’s Group will hit the road for Wendy’s hometown of Columbus, OH, to exhibit the brand-new Harvest without Violence Mobile Exhibit, an interactive educational tool that exposes the brutal reality of sexual violence in agriculture — including in Mexico’s tomato industry, where abuse is met with impunity — and lifts up the Fair Food Program as a proven model for real and lasting change for farmworker women. That very same day in October, SFA will kick off a week of coordinated solidarity actions to demand that Wendy’s top executives commit to protecting the rights of farmworker women by joining the Program.
The message for Wendy’s from students is clear: we’re more than just a profitable demographic, and until you make a real, verifiable commitment to protect the dignity and safety of farmworker women, you will fail to make the grade with our generation!
This October 21-28, join SFAers across the country in calling out Wendy’s abject failure to support farmworker women in the fight to end gender-based violence in its supply chain, and in condemning universities, such as The Ohio State University, for bypassing the call to “Boot the Braids” and instead doing business with a company that chooses violence and impunity over human rights.
As you begin planning your own action, check out these creative action resources to support your local organizing. Make sure to hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-692-1482, so we can add your campus or city to the growing list of actions. And be sure to keep an eye in the coming days for even more resources, including a sample press release, outreach email and more!
This morning, the CIW announced a major partnership with U.S. Women’s soccer superstar Abby Wambach and New York Times bestselling author Glennon Doyle: CIW’s Lupe Gonzalo will be joining Glennon, Abby, and a dozen other powerful women leaders – including Olympic Medalists, authors, actors, and activists – for eight stops in major U.S. cities on the second annual Together Live Tour!
The tour will feature “badass earth-shakers, hilarious heroines, and authentic storytellers” in order to inspire and energize audiences around the country to find purpose and effectuate change. Representing the CIW’s own badass Women’s Group, Lupe will bring the incredible story of the Fair Food Movement – in which consumers around the country joined together with farmworkers to transform the agricultural industry – to tens of thousands of new allies nationwide and invite them to join the Wendy’s Boycott.
On tour with Abby and Glennon, Lupe will launch the Fair Food Sisters campaign, a brand-new community initiative for women’s rights advocates around the Fair Food network to stand together and take action to eliminate the abuses that plague farmworker women outside the Fair Food Program.
After pummelling islands throughout the Caribbean last week and leaving much destruction in its wake, Hurricane Irma began its slow but powerful ascent onto the mainland of Florida on Sunday afternoon and evening. The historic storm arrived in Immokalee as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of up to 130 miles per hour. Yesterday’s report from the CIW describes Irma’s impact on vulnerable farmworker towns in Florida’s interior
...Immokalee, the already impoverished farmworker community — and several others north of Immokalee, including Florida’s citrus capital, LaBelle — saw some of the worst of the storm, as the northeast quadrant of the massive hurricane’s eye wall slammed directly into small inland towns along the length of the state.
We are happy to report that, remarkably, despite hours of fierce lashing by Irma’s winds and stinging rains, no lives were reported lost as of the writing of this report….The physical damage wrought by the storm was great, however, with the worst impact reserved for communities like Immokalee, where the housing stock consists mainly of used trailers and flimsily built wooden shacks ...
Even as the region begins recovery from Irma, it is imperative that we remember why Immokalee and communities like it are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters like these. Often fleeing war and devastation in their home countries, thousands arrive to Immokalee only to be met by poverty wages (more than half of Immokalee residents live below the poverty line), abusive conditions, and a system that is historically stacked against them. Without a strong social safety net or the resources to rebuild after a major storm, Immokalee farmworkers are among the millions on the frontline of climate change. In the years to come, warmer waters will generate more extreme weather — and further escalate the threats faced by vulnerable communities.
Today, we must respond to the immediate needs of Immokalee. But we must go further than the demands of the moment.
Our generation must continue to follow farmworkers’ leadership to transform the reality that demands they fight for their survival and human rights on a daily basis — we must expand the Fair Food Program. Beyond that, SFA must stand with frontline communities around the world to ensure they also reduce their structural vulnerability, and to curb climate change while we still can. Just as we raise our voices as students and young people to Boot the Braids from campuses around the country, we must continue to support campaigns for university divestment from fossil fuels and all movements for collective liberation.
Given this long-term vision, the CIW has called on the SFA network to continue organizing with more vigor as ever before. Next week, we will announce a major new initiative in the Campaign for Fair Food to intensify the call to Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program. Stay tuned for the details!
In the meantime, Immokalee is calling on our support to get back on her feet. If you are in Florida and are able to support with supplies or volunteering, contact Julia Perkins at email@example.com. If you wish to donate to relief efforts to Immokalee farmworkers and other farmworker communities, you can do so securely here.
Visit the CIW's website to read more about Irma's impact on Immokalee (and catch a bonus son jarocho video!)
We’re just days away from hosting 70 of the SFA network’s most active young organizers in Immokalee, FL, to craft a vision for student strategy in the burgeoning Wendy’s Boycott this upcoming season! As we begin welcoming participants – coming from campuses in Denver, Columbus and Boston, to just name a few — Encuentro organizers are putting finishing touches on the weekend’s logistics and program.
All summer, SFAers have put a tremendous amount of energy and resources into putting a fresh spin on the decade-long Encuentro weekend tradition. Now that it’s just around the corner, we’re calling on our SFA community to support us in offsetting the staggering cost of putting together such an extraordinary gathering.
Your contribution — big or small — will help cover the cost of food for 70 people, transportation, meeting space rental, printed resources, travel scholarships for participants and much more. We’ve still got a long way to go. Pitch in today to bring us closer to our $2,500 goal!
I am writing to share big news with all of you who have participated in actions, presentations, Encuentros, convivio, among so many other things in order to raise up the work of the CIW and their vision for farmworker justice. After nearly three years of living and working in Immokalee as one of the two SFA Co-coordinators and a few more years before that of being involved in the network, I will be continuing my partnership with the CIW by joining their staff. I will be supporting their work within the Fair Food Program by helping coordinate worker-to-worker education sessions in farms from Florida to New Jersey.
While I’m happy to share with you all this exciting new phase of my work, the Wendy's Boycott continues! There are students from Denver to Florida to Ohio getting ready for another hard-hitting fall in the Campaign for Fair Food. The Immokalee crew is preparing for another few months of travel to spread the Wendy's Boycott far and wide — and the 2017 SFA Encuentro is just around the corner!
I am grateful for all that the SFA network has given me over the years — a home, endless lessons, life-long friendships, a vision for justice. I know a hard-fought Wendy's victory is on the horizon.
As this work moves forward, keep in mind that SFA is now hiring a National Co-coordinator! We hope to count on all of you, who know the spirit of SFA and understand the importance of following farmworker leadership, to help us fill this open position as part of the ally team in Immokalee.
Check out the description below and share the announcement with your comrades and networks. Don't hesitate to reach out to us with questions or if you have a potential candidate in mind.
Sending all my love and respect to each of you,
The Student/Farmworker Alliance is seeking an Immokalee-based staff member to help coordinate the student and youth network within the national Campaign for Fair Food. Staff members are compensated with a modest, livable salary and health benefits. A commitment of a least three years and proficiency in English/Spanish are required. SFA Co-coordinators work as part of the larger Alliance for Fair Food staff.
Areas of work include but aren’t limited to:
- Student and youth organizing, building campaign strategy, and developing leadership;
- Coordinating national mobilizations and logistics;
- Developing educational opportunities and executing outreach;
- Contributing to organizational development;
- Offering support for CIW and the farmworker community in Immokalee.
Read the full description and apply! We’re accepting applications on a rolling basis.
Given our commitment to developing a diverse leadership, we strongly encourage people of color, women, working-class, LGBTQ, and gender non-conforming people to apply. If you have any interest or know someone who you think may be a good fit, please forward this to them and reach out to us!
The 2017 SFA Encuentro is just around the corner! The SFA Steering Committee and staff have been working around the clock to design the incredible Encuentro weekend, with a focus on building power and support for the nationwide student-led campaigns to “Boot the Braids.” (If you haven’t already, apply to participate in this year’s Encuentro!)
Over the next three weeks, we’ll be putting the final touches on the weekend’s logistics: confirming travel with every participant, creating a delicious menu, collecting workshop outlines from facilitators, among so many other things. And, as always, we’re counting on the support of our SFA community to help us make it all happen!
Our goal is to raise $2,500 to offset the staggering costs of putting together one of SFA’s biggest events of the year. Your donation will go a long way in supporting folks traveling hundreds of miles to join us in Immokalee; contributing to food, housing and meeting space needs for nearly 80 allies; and, pitching in for printed materials and resources.
The remarkable young organizers that have tirelessly fought to bring the SFA network to this critical moment in the Wendy’s Boycott — including those working to cut contracts with on-campus Wendy’s restaurants and those who courageously took on the national rolling student fasts this past spring — are set to converge in CIW’s hometown to keep building student/farmworker power in the Campaign for Fair Food. Every contribution will bring us closer to making the Encuentro a reality!
Check out our online fundraising page and make your donation today. Don’t forget to share the fundraiser with your family, friends and community to help us quickly reach our goal.
See you in Immokalee this September!
The sweltering 100-degree heat in Orlando on Sunday afternoon did not dampen the loud, contagious energy of over 120 supporters and farmworkers who packed the sidewalk of a Wendy's restaurant on this city's busy Colonial Drive thoroughfare. Farmworkers and their families from Immokalee, just starting to return to Florida after a summer season in northern states, joyfully joined members of the Youth and Young Adult (YAYA) Network of the National Farmworker Ministry, the Iron Workers Union, I.S.L.A.M, Inc., QLatinx, the Florida Student Power Network, the First Unitarian Church of Orlando, among other community allies, to bring the Wendy’s Boycott to O-Town!
The summer protest followed the conclusion of a 30-day rolling Interfaith Fast for Farmworker Justice, during which over 40 faith leaders participated from seven religious traditions across Florida, the state with the most Wendy’s restaurants in the country. A season of fasting for human rights, initiated by 19 students at the Ohio State University in March and involving hundreds of supporters around the country, has ended with tremendous success as the tomato season rounds the corner.
Before the protest kicked off, Faiza Begani, representing YAYA, welcomed the boisterous crowd:
"Today we stand outside of Wendy's boycotting their continued lack of responsibility and responsiveness when it comes to the abuses of farmworkers.”
As participants led spirited chants and allies with bright yellow flyers educated passersby about the Wendy’s Boycott, a delegation gathered to deliver a letter to the local Wendy's manager urging the fast food holdout to join the Fair Food Program. And even though they received a no-longer-surprising rejection, the group returned to the picket line determined to speak even more strongly about their support for the campaign.
Cruz Salucio of the CIW led the closing reflection, addressing Wendy’s unconscionable decision to move their tomato purchases to Mexico, where reporting abuses has serious and life-threatening consequences (including the recent disappearance of 80 farmworkers in Chihuahua):
"Human rights cannot be ignored in any way. You cannot run away from a place where an important road for farmworkers' human rights is being created.”
Luis Quintana, a former farmworker and representative of the Iron Workers Union, spoke to the heat, humidity, lack of shade, and other conditions that make farm labor some of the most difficult work in the country — and the fact that the CIW’s unique model to uproot those abuses is the only solution to ending violence in Wendy’s produce supply chain!
Orlando’s principal newspaper, The Orlando Sentinel, reported on Sunday’s protest and Wendy’s failed response to the boycott:
"… For the past five years, [Wendy’s] refused to sign on to the Fair Food [Program],” said Ofelia Sanchez, a protester from the Youth and Young Adult Network of the National Farm Worker Ministry. “Instead of preventing abuses in the fields, they’ve chosen to take their business from Florida tomato farms to Mexican tomato farms.”
In those fields, Sanchez said farm workers face wage theft, sexual abuse and human trafficking threats.
Wendy’s disputed the groups’ claims in a statement and said the Coalition of Immokalee Workers “objects to the fact that we don’t pay fees to their organization.”
“We do not believe that joining the Fair Food Program is the only way to act responsibly, and we pride ourselves on our relationships with industry-leading suppliers who share our commitment to quality, integrity and ethics,” Wendy’s spokeswoman Heidi Schaurer said.
Supporters of the Fair Food Program say it works toward educating farmworkers on their rights and also has created a 24-hour hotline aimed at curbing abuses.
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers said it has educated about 35,000 workers in meetings, and reached thousands more with video and written materials.
“The conditions of farms where we now have the Fair Food Program … have changed tremendously,” said Nely Rodriguez, who works with the Coalition. “Abuses are being eliminated and workers are able to report abuses.”
Of course, Wendy’s hollow Code of Conduct is no match for the Fair Food Program’s gold standard of human rights protection, an internationally-lauded worker-driven solution to farmworker abuse in the fields.
Wendy's may be convinced that ignoring this national boycott, responding only with a weak and ineffective Code of Conduct and false insinuations that the CIW profits from the Fair Food Program, and continually turning a blind eye to the exploitation that remains in their supply chain will undermine our efforts to bring them to the table. But as over 120 farmworkers and their allies made clear in Orlando this weekend, "This action does not end today... Let's use all we can to push this boycott until one day we yell that we beat Wendy's."
Sunday’s protest is but a taste of the tremendous energy and support that is building up for the coming Campaign season as the Student/Farmworker Alliance Encuentro (September 7-10) and fall action plans roll out. Stay tuned for more soon!
Since we launched the Wendy's Boycott Fund in May, right before the Fair Food Nation delivered a powerful surprise message to executives at the annual Wendy's shareholder meeting, SFAers have answered the urgent call to fuel the ever-growing boycott with an incredible $14,000 in individual grassroots donations!
Thanks to the generosity of allies like you, we’re more than half of the way to our goal of raising $25,000 to equip the SFA network to build on the spring's incredible momentum and carry us forward to a victory with Wendy's as the semester kicks back up. It’s this kind of grassroots fundraising — support from those who carry this work and live it out daily — that can sustain this movement for the long haul as, led by farmworkers, we achieve justice for farmworkers.
We've had an incredible run, Fair Food Nation! In this relentless struggle to hold Wendy's accountable for the horrid abuses farmworkers face in its produce supply chain, it is now more urgent than ever to grow and strengthen the new, dignified reality of tens of thousands of workers protected by the CIW's Fair Food Program. This past spring, we've seen the most creative — and courageous! — methods of student organizing advance the Wendy's Boycott, epitomized with the 7-day fast to Boot the Braids from The Ohio State University by 19 students and alumni, and the roaring wave of rolling fasts that spread like wildfire over a dozen university campuses nationwide as a result.
At this tipping point in the Wendy's Boycott, we're ready to bring it all home, right here in the beating heart of the CIW's struggle for dignity and justice in Immokalee, and invite the SFA network to join us in paving the path to victory at the 2017 Encuentro!
This September 7-10, we're continuing the decade-long annual Encuentro tradition by bringing together brilliant young organizers from across the country to develop SFA's vision to continue fighting alongside the CIW in the Wendy's Boycott. At the Encuentro, we will build our organizing skills and leadership as a network, all the while learning from and deepening relationships with the farmworker community in Immokalee.
After an invigorating weekend-long strategy retreat in Washington, DC, last month, the SFA Steering Committee and staff are diving deep into planning for the 2017 Encuentro and finalizing details for an action-packed fall semester!
Apply to join us this September in I-Town! If you still have questions about the Encuentro, check out all the details you need to know about our annual gathering. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a ring at 239-657-8311 if you've got ideas or questions you'd like to share.
See you at the #2017Encuentro!
Another exciting update: Smithsonian enshrines CIW's own Lady Liberty statue at the National Museum of American History!
If you find yourself in Washington, DC, don't miss the CIW's spectacular Lady Liberty statue, once carried across Florida on the shoulders of farmworkers during the historic 234-mile march for Dignity, Dialogue and a Fair Wage, now on permanent display in the new exhibit "Many Voices, One Nation" at the National Museum of American History. This powerful march in 2000 was the spark that ignited the Student/Farmworker Alliance network, as hundreds of students from colleges across the state declared their solidarity with farmworkers while marching, side by side, to end sweatshops in the fields!
Two days ago, as the office of Ohio State University President Drake received call after call from countless allies across the country outraged by the university’s decision to renew its contract with Wendy’s for three more years, the movement for Fair Food took the national spotlight! The CNN Freedom Project released a stunning video series, entitled "How America's 'ground-zero' for modern slavery was cleaned up by workers' group," highlighting the three broad and overlapping spheres of the CIW’s tremendous work: the Fair Food Program, the Campaign for Fair Food and the Anti-Slavery Campaign.
The piece features farmworker testimony on the transformed, and truly dignified, conditions workers experience on Fair Food Program farms; details the market-backed consequences that allow for effective enforcement of farmworker-designed human rights standards; and packs a punch in exposing Wendy’s stubborn and shameful refusal to join all of its major competitors in “the most comprehensive social responsibility program in U.S. agriculture.”
The videos speak for themselves:
After enjoying the videos, make a donation to the Wendy’s Boycott Fund to help us bring the fast food holdout into the Fair Food Program!
In the month of May, nearly 100 Fair Food allies have pitched in to bring us over 20% of the way to reaching our $25,000 goal (including a successful two-day $1,000 matching challenge by SFA veteran Rob McGoey!). As hundreds of students and young people from across the country power the Wendy's Boycott, we're continuing to reach toward our fundraising mark and counting on you to throw down and help SFA sustain and increase constant student action in the upcoming months.
For over three years, students at The Ohio State University have been escalating their organizing efforts to remove Wendy's from campus: a tireless fight marked by lengthy meetings with administrators, two national mobilizations with hundreds marching on OSU's campus in support of the Boot the Braids campaign and a 7-day fast for farmworker justice on behalf of 19 OSU students and Columbus community members in March.
And the uphill battle to defend farmworkers' human rights continues...
Last Thursday, Amanda Ferguson, an SFA Steering Committee member and one of the student leaders of Ohio State Student/Farmworker Alliance, received a cold, matter-of-fact email from the OSU administration issuing the University's decision to renew the Wendy's contract for three more years:
Ohio State worked with Wendy’s actively for two years as it developed a new Code of Conduct. The code specifies measures put in place by Wendy’s to ensure that workers picking tomatoes are doing so under safe and appropriate conditions.
We are pleased that the code extends to all produce suppliers for Wendy’s restaurants and covers workers throughout the United States and Canada.
We will have the ability to verify adherence to the code with onsite inspections at any time of our choosing.
We have renewed the lease with Wendy’s for a term of three years.
Senior Vice President, Administration and Planning
This intentionally-timed move by President Drake and his administration, desperate to escape any real form of accountability, not only shuts out the students, faculty, community members and farmworkers who continue to work relentlessly to push OSU to do the right thing, but also exposes the University's arrogance in "actively" putting their name by Wendy's empty Supplier Code of Conduct at whatever cost.
And despite students winning the inclusion of an important clause to the Wendy's lease — the promise that the renewal of the contract would "be conditioned upon a satisfactory resolution of the Student Farm Workers Alliance with regard to the sourcing of tomatoes" — the administration still chose to deceive students and decided for the students that their concerns over human rights violations in Wendy's supply chain were met with the implementation of Wendy's code.
OSU's betrayal does not represent the values of the OSU community, and it certainly does not mark an end to OSU SFA's Boot the Braids campaign. In fact, this will only give OSU students — and the hundreds of people across the country that have been following and supporting this incredible struggle for farmworker justice —more fuel to continue campaigning until OSU cuts its contract with Wendy's.
Join the SFA network for a national call-in day to the offices of President Drake, to express our outrage over the OSU administration's shady, back-door deal with Wendy's. Check out this sample script before calling his office TODAY at 614-292-2424:
“President Drake, I’m calling because your administration has chosen to turn its back on its students, faculty, Columbus community, and farmworkers by renewing its contract with Wendy’s. With this decision, your administration demonstrates its blatant disregard for farmworkers’ basic human rights, instead actively working with Wendy’s to develop a meaningless Code of Conduct.
Completely lacking in worker participation and enforcement mechanisms, Wendy’s code has been publicly and repeatedly discredited as a nothing more than a sham by farmworkers, students, and more recently, international labor law expert James Brudney — and yet, OSU has chosen to support that CSR model, one that is failing thousands upon thousands of farmworkers in Wendy’s supply chain even as we speak. I am joining community members across the country in supporting students’ escalating efforts to remove Wendy’s from campus until you decide to stand on the right side of history regarding farmworkers’ human rights.”
On Tuesday at Wendy's annual shareholder meeting in Dublin, OH, the CIW and allies from across the Midwest showed up in force to the fast food holdout's doorstep ready to confront the company about upholding human rights in the fields. As farmworkers and SFAers rallied outside Wendy's national headquarters a contingent of 27 allies prepared to confront Wendy's executives face to face about their refusal to join the Fair Food Program. After eleven members of the Fair Food delegation managed to speak in support of verifiable worker protections in Wendy’s supply chain, the delegation rose as one and flashed boycott logos for all to see.
There is no doubt Wendy's is feeling the heat! As CEO Todd Penegor and the Board of Directors had to answer directly to Boot the Braids students from The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, SFAers from Clarion University, Trevecca Nazarene University and Antioch College stood strong with CIW and community allies in protest.
Before heading into the shareholder meeting, Henry Anton Peller, one of the 19 OSU students who fasted for one week to kick Wendy's off their campus, spoke to the group's energy and commitment:
Are we ready to quit? [NO!] Are we tired yet? [NO!] Are we fired up? [YES!] Are we ready to win? [YES!] ... that is the message I have to bring to Wendy’s today; that is, to remind them of the power we are building across the country and that is waiting for them at every turn, with every piece of PR they put out, we will demand they join the Fair Food Program...
We’re writing today with exciting news out of the SFA network. Steadfast ally of the Campaign for Fair Food in Denver, Rob McGoey, has announced his commitment to make a sizable contribution to the Wendy’s Boycott Fund by matching up to $1,000 for every dollar given to the campaign by the end of Friday.
Whether organizing creative actions with Denver Fair Food or making food magic happen during our annual Encuentros, Rob has supported the Campaign in countless ways over the years. And today, he’s calling on SFA friends across the country to join him in throwing down for the Wendy’s Boycott Fund.
Check out his heartfelt reflection below — and make your donation go twice as far by donating today!
I’m calling on my friends and compañer@s around the country to give today to the Wendy's Boycott Fund. Every dollar people donate through the end of Friday, I will match up to $1,000.
Go here to donate: https://ciw.givingfuel.com/boycott-wendys-fund
For years, the Campaign for Fair Food has been a beacon of light in dark times - a grassroots movement led by immigrant farmworkers, some of the poorest workers in the country, who showed us not just how to struggle but how to WIN! At this moment which, to me, feels darker than ever, I want to support this movement because it stands as proof in the face of darkness that we are powerful and, working together, a more just world is in our grasp.
The Campaign for Fair Food has achieved over a dozen victories in the last 15+ years resulting in ground-breaking improvements in farmworkers' wages, working conditions and rights. And another victory is on the horizon. The Alliance for Fair Food is trying to raise $25,000 during the month of May for the Wendy's Boycott Fund which will allow their financial resources to keep pace with the growing momentum of the Boycott.
If you donate today, your donation will go twice as far because I will match you dollar for dollar. Many of us have marched together, picketed together, sang together and celebrated together; right now let's give together!
Donate today! Ohio State students visit Immokalee to strategize for the next stage in their Boot the Braids campaign, call on allies to contribute to the Wendy’s Boycott Fund!
Last Thursday, just as we rolled out an exciting new campaign to raise $25,000 to fuel the Wendy’s Boycott, a delegation of Ohio State University students rolled into Immokalee. After a jam-packed semester of intensive student organizing to remove Wendy’s from campus, members of Ohio State Student/Farmworker Alliance and Real Food OSU wrapped up the semester by visiting the birthplace of the Fair Food movement to deeply connect and build relationships with the farmworker community.
Trip highlights included an in-depth strategy meeting with CIW members to escalate the Boot the Braids campaign before the extension of the Wendy’s lease expires on June 30 — and, to ground their efforts, an inside look at a worker-to-worker education session on a participating Fair Food Program farm.
Ready for victory, the Buckeyes hit the road for Columbus on Saturday morning, but not before taking a moment to urge the Fair Food Nation to donate to the Wendy’s Boycott Fund! We’re just 11 days away from Wendy’s annual shareholder meeting. Hundreds upon hundreds will be taking action in the lead up to remind Wendy’s top executives that as long as verifiable human rights protections are not part of their recipe, we will no longer support their business.
As OSU student Emily urges in the video, we’re asking you to pitch in what you can to help us raise the funds we need to keep strengthening our grassroots movement — and achieve a boycott victory soon!
Check out how you can support the Wendy's Boycott in the lead up to the annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday, May 23 in Dublin, OH!
Since its launch in March 2016, CIW's national Wendy's Boycott has received tremendous support from tens of thousands of allies across the country – from major endorsements, to an unforgettable 12-city Return to Human Rights Tour, to a historic rolling fast for farmworker justice at over a dozen campuses from Florida to Michigan – and it continues to grow!
This month, join farmworkers in bringing the call for Fair Food to Wendy’s doorstep, directly to the company’s top executives and shareholders at the upcoming annual shareholder meeting!
FOUR WAYS TO TAKE ACTION IN MAY:
1) Begin making plans to join farmworkers, Ohio Fair Food and allies from across the country on Tuesday, May 23 for a major protest outside of the Wendy's annual shareholder meeting from 8-11 a.m., followed by a community lunch with CIW. Housing will be provided for those coming from out of town. Get in touch with us at email@example.com for support in planning the trip!
2) Send a boycott postcard to Wendy's CEO Todd Penegor and Board Chairman Nelson Peltz, then organize your community or student group to do the same! Download the postcard here to print, sign, and send to One Dave Thomas Blvd., Dublin, OH 43017.
3) Donate to the Wendy’s Boycott Fund to bring us closer to our goal of $25,000 in the month of May, to fuel sustained and growing action in the struggle for Fair Food – and bring us closer to an agreement with the final fast food holdout! You can donate online at bit.ly/boycott-fund or by writing a check to Alliance for Fair Food and sending to PO Box 509, Immokalee, FL 34143.
4) On Monday, May 22, participate in a national call-in day to Wendy's Headquarters! Below is information about the call-in day and a sample script for your call. Once you’ve called, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to report on how it went!
Call-in Number: (888)-624-8140
Script: Hello, my name is __________ and I would like to leave a message for Todd Penegor.
As a dedicated ally of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, I want Wendy’s to know that I will continue to support the national Wendy’s Boycott until the corporation respects the human rights of farmworkers in its supply chain and joins the Fair Food Program. For four years, we have demanded that Wendy’s be a partner in the Program, but Wendy’s has failed to do so, instead offering a Code of Conduct devoid of enforcement mechanisms or worker participation and moving purchasing to fields where human rights abuses go unchecked.
Mr. Penegor should know we plan to make our voices heard during an action outside of Wendy’s headquarters tomorrow, calling on him and all shareholders to respect farmworkers’ dignity by joining the Fair Food Program. Unless you commit to joining the Fair Food Program, scores of farmworkers and allies will be peacefully demonstrating outside during your annual shareholder meeting — and the already tens of thousands-strong boycott of Wendy’s will continue to grow day by day!
Thank you for delivering this message.
Download the Wendy's Shareholder Action Guide here and share with your networks!
Join us in sending the message to Wendy’s leadership that they can no longer ignore the tens of thousands of consumers boycotting their restaurants as farmworkers lead their own struggle for justice in the fields.
In response to the tremendous momentum building day by day in the Wendy’s Boycott, we’re trying something we’ve never done before. We're launching a campaign to raise a critical $25,000 in the month of May to fuel our plans for escalating action in the upcoming months.
Announcing: the Wendy's Boycott Fund!
The SFA network is on an unstoppable action streak in the struggle for farmworker justice! The centerpiece of the CIW's sweeping 12-city, 14-day Return to Human Rights Tour — an historic weeklong fast by 19 courageous students and alumni at The Ohio State University — sparked the fire for the rolling student fasts at over a dozen university campuses from Florida to Michigan in April. And it’s only to be continued with a formidable, larger-than-ever mobilization outside of Wendy’s upcoming shareholder meeting at the company’s Dublin, OH headquarters in just 19 days!
Action on this unprecedented scale — and our plans to ramp up the pressure throughout the summer and into the fall towards an inevitable victory in the boycott — will require the financial support of every member of SFA's diverse network.
So we’re calling on you, the young leaders taking incredible action in the movement for Fair Food, to help us kickstart the Wendy’s Boycott Fund. Contribute what you can, whether it’s $5, $15, $25, $100 or more. Every little bit counts and brings us closer to raising $25,000!
It’s a lofty goal, but so is bringing a corporate giant like Wendy's into the CIW’s Fair Food Program, following the company's appalling shift of tomato purchases away from Florida to farms in Mexico littered with unchecked violence and exploitation for farmworkers. Yet, working alongside the CIW, we’ve played a critical role in winning 14 unimaginable victories and securing dignity and respect in the workplace for tens of thousands of farmworkers, and counting.
And now, the expansion of these rights is at stake. In order to ensure that the shared vision for justice in the fields that farmworkers and their allies have fought for over the last 25 years continues to expand to reach more workers in more crops, we need to bring Wendy's to the table in 2017. Building pressure in the months ahead is imperative for a win in the Wendy’s Boycott — and if history is any indicator of what students and farmworkers are capable of together — we know that it’s not a matter of if we will win, but when.