Our work has created a new world of dignity and respect for the fundamental human rights of farmworkers. And we can't stop now.
Hundreds of thousands of farmworkers across the country continue to suffer from the grinding poverty and unspeakable abuse at the hands of their employers that has characterized farm labor for generations. SFA's challenge today is to continue holding corporations accountable for workers in their supply chain and to continue expanding the Fair Food Program into new states and new crops.
In order to reach that next level, we need your help, now more than ever. So today, on Giving Tuesday, we are joining the CIW to call on SFAers like you to become Fair Food Sustainers.
“The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has proven that when you get up every day to fight for what is right, when you don’t give up even when all the odds are against you, when you don’t compromise on basic principles of fairness, and when you build a strong grassroots movement, economic justice will prevail over greed, and the least fortunate can successfully stand up to the powerful.” — U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, 2008
These are the words of Sen. Bernie Sanders, summing up his impression of the CIW and their struggle following his visit to Immokalee in the fall of 2008. He came to investigate the human rights crisis in the fields of Florida and the then fierce industry resistance to the CIW’s vision of a more humane agricultural industry. And after Sen. Sanders' visit, the CIW helped break that resistance and launched what today has become the single most successful human rights program in US agriculture, the Fair Food Program.
And in order to continue fighting against Wendy's and strengthening the Fair Food Program, we need your support. This is not a time when people of conscience can afford the luxury of sitting on the sidelines, of counting on others to do our part.
We need you to join the growing ranks of Fair Food allies who make a monthly donation — whether it is $20 or $10 a month. With your sustained support, we can continue to ensure that farmworker women who face sexual violence have access to swift and decisive justice in the fields, and that the world’s largest corporations are held to account for the human rights abuses in their supply chains.
To be sure, defending farmworkers’ basic human rights in this country has never been an easy task. This year’s stunning election results stand to make that task only more daunting.
Yet we know that, in the face of the extraordinary challenges that lie ahead of us, there are millions of people across the country like you asking themselves how they can step up in the years ahead to support the vision of a better world they believe in. Becoming a Fair Food Sustainer is an immediate, concrete step that you can take to advance fundamental human rights and dignity for some of this country’s least protected workers.
Now more than ever, SFA must remain steadfast in our principles, we must get up and work hard every single day, and we must defy the odds. This Giving Tuesday, join the Fair Food Sustainer Program today, and share the call to action with your community!