As a network working in solidarity with the CIW, we find ourselves at a crossroads: With human rights for farmworkers gaining ground in tomato fields up the East Coast and in Florida strawberries, the CIW declared a national boycott of Wendy’s to strengthen and expand all we have fought for and won together, with the tremendous leadership of the CIW. And in this relentless struggle to hold massive corporations accountable to workers in their supply chain — not only in the agricultural industry, but in countless arenas — victory in the Wendy’s Boycott is essential. And it is not a question of if, but of when.
At this crossroads, the Immokalee crew — including CIW members and the Alliance for Fair Food staff— has been thinking about how we can best equip ourselves as a network to win the boycott against Wendy’s and fortify ourselves for the longterm organizing that is sure to follow. For this reason, we’ve decided to call together a Wendy’s Boycott Summit here in Immokalee — a long weekend of working together with CIW to develop short-term and longterm strategy in the national Wendy's Boycott, and building our skills and leadership, all the while growing our connection as a community to the CIW and with each other before we fan out across the country again this fall.
Taking the place of SFA’s annual tradition of holding a student and youth Encuentro in the fall, the Summit will bring together people from every corner of the Fair Food Nation — students and youth, worker-led and grassroots organizations, people of faith, Fair Food Groups, and anyone who plans to actively build support for the Wendy’s Boycott in their communities.
While the Summit will represent the breadth of the movement for Fair Food, SFA’s energy, voice and creativity will be as present as ever at this year’s gathering. So, be sure to fill out an application — or pass it along to someone who would be interested in attending. We’ll be sending more information in the coming days — but for now, save the date!
We can’t wait to welcome you to the heart of the Campaign for Fair Food.
See you in September!