Application is live for the 2018 Student/Farmworker Alliance Encuentro: Hasta la Raíz "Down to the Root,” set for September 20-23 in Immokalee, FL!
This year, 2018, marks 25 years since the birth of the CIW’s tremendous struggle to uproot generations of exploitation in the fields. This historic farmworker-led organization has transformed labor conditions for tens of thousands of workers in the U.S. agricultural industry through the Fair Food Program, creating an international blueprint to eradicate and prevent abuses, from wage theft to sexual assault, in the workplace.
But this work was not done alone. Together with farmworkers, students, young people and community allies have strategized and organized to bring corporation after corporation to the negotiating table with CIW.
This year's Encuentro gathering will go Hasta la Raíz "Down to the Root" of this incredible history to reflect on lessons CIW and SFA have drawn from past victories and build upon them as the Wendy's Boycott surges on with more force than ever before.
The moment for us to come together couldn't be more perfectly timed. Just last Tuesday, SFAers and CIW members packed the house at Wendy's annual shareholder meeting <link CIW shareholder post>, where the company unveiled plans to shift its tomato purchases (yet again) to greenhouse operations in the U.S.
The fact that one of the world's largest buyers pulled nearly all its business from the abuse-ridden Mexican tomato industry is a victory in itself, and let there be no doubt that our movement pushed Wendy’s to make this drastic decision. Now, we must fight harder than ever to push Wendy's over the edge to sign a Fair Food Agreement with the CIW.
From September 20-23, we're bringing together brilliant young organizers from across the country to devise a winning strategy in the Wendy’s Boycott. At the Encuentro, we will build our organizing skills and leadership as a network, learn directly from the farmworker community in Immokalee, and delve deep into SFA’s rich history in the Campaign for Fair Food.
See you in Immokalee!
- the immokalee crew