On this day in 1948, before a war-weary world, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a vision of equality, dignity, and rights held by all: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This historic document forms a crucial part of the foundation of the CIW’s movement for Fair Food and farmworker justice. Indeed, in some of their earliest meetings, farmworkers in Immokalee read aloud and reflected on the rights contained in the UN’s declaration, and conceived of a brighter future for all who work in the fields.
Thanks to an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of justice — and the support of millions of consumers over the past twenty years — what was once a dream of human rights for farmworkers has become a reality today under the Fair Food Program. Now, the rights to humane working conditions, to fair wages, and to freedom from slavery and sexual violence are enforced in agricultural fields along the East Coast.
Today, we need your help to make human rights a reality for even more women and men who labor in fields across the U.S.
On this International Human Rights Day, help us bring what the Washington Post called “one of the great human rights success stories of our day” to hundreds of thousands of farmworkers by becoming a Fair Food Sustainer!