Coalition of of Immokalee Workers

172,192 supporters

Since its inception over 25 years ago, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' mission has been to eradicate forced labor, sexual violence, and other longstanding human rights abuses in US agriculture. The CIW has succeeded in achieving unprecedented human rights protections for tens of thousands of farmworkers through its award-winning Fair Food Program, which established the Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) model. Today, the CIW has expanded its mission to use the WSR model to bring fundamental human rights to workers in vulnerable industries across the world.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning Florida Governor Ron Desantis, Collier County Department of Health

Governor DeSantis, Collier County: Protect Florida farmworkers during the COVID-19 crisis!

We urgently call on the office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Collier County Department of Health to take all necessary steps to protect the community of essential farmworkers in Immokalee during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:    Community-wide Testing: Provide additional, consistent, accessible COVID-19 testing resources Contact Tracing and Isolation: In collaboration with global healthcare leader Partners in Health (PIH), ensure effective contact tracing protocols and a separate quarantine space to ensure COVID-positive patients in Immokalee can self-isolate in order to stop the spread of the virus in the community and relieve stress on the local health system  PPE: Require agricultural employers to provide personal protective gear, particularly masks, to farmworkers for use while they are traveling to and from the fields Economic Relief: Allocate public funds for economic relief for Florida farmworkers Over the past several months, Florida became a global hotspot of the coronavirus pandemic, reaching record-breaking infection levels in early July that would have ranked the state 4th in the world for new coronavirus cases in a day if it were a country.  The rural farmworker community of Immokalee contributed more than its fair share to this grim achievement:  To date, there have been over 2,250 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Immokalee, surpassing totals in many of the state’s much larger coastal cities. Sadly, farmworker leaders with the CIW predicted this outcome since the very onset of the pandemic in March.  But despite having more than sufficient time to prepare for the onslaught, state and local health officials failed to adequately respond to the growing public health crisis, at both the state and Immokalee community levels.  Florida and Collier County officials were slow to lock-down economic activity and late to implement widespread testing in Immokalee, allowing the virus to establish a secure foothold in the community.  They then largely failed to build the kind of contact tracing and isolation systems necessary to locate and contain the virus, and were too quick to re-open economic activity, providing the virus fertile ground for its almost unchecked spread from May to July.  At this point, it is a largely known fact that farmworkers are more vulnerable – at home and at work – to contracting the coronavirus. They live in overcrowded housing, are transported in packed vans and buses, and too often have no personal protective gear. Furthermore, Immokalee does not have a hospital to quarantine and treat positive cases.  With the fall harvest season fast-approaching, Immokalee’s population is set to double as thousands more essential workers return to town, and thousands of school-aged children are returning to in-person classes unsure of the dangers that lay ahead.  A second perfect storm of contagion is brewing on the horizon, and we cannot afford to fail again.  We need your help to renew the call for immediate action from Florida officials ahead of the fall harvest to protect the farmworkers who feed us all. Email Gov. DeSantis’ office today and urge him to protect the health of Florida farmworkers: GovernorRon.Desantis@eog.myflorida.com P.S. Want to help the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' on-the-ground efforts? DONATE TODAY: https://makeallfoodfairfood.funraise.org/ ESPAÑOL Hacemos un llamado urgente a la oficina del gobernador de Florida Ron DeSantis y al Departamento de Salud del Condado de Collier para que tomen todas las medidas necesarias para proteger a la comunidad de trabajadores agrícolas esenciales en Immokalee durante la pandemia de COVID-19: Pruebas en toda la comunidad: Proporcione recursos de pruebas COVID-19 adicionales, consistentes y accesibles Rastreo de contactos y aislamiento: En colaboración con Partners in Health (PIH), líder mundial en el cuidado de la salud, garantice protocolos de rastreo de contactos efectivos y un espacio de cuarentena separado para garantizar que los pacientes con COVID positivo en Immokalee puedan aislarse por sí mismos para detener la propagación del virus en la comunidad y aliviar el estrés en el sistema de salud local Equipo de protección personal: Exigir a los empleadores agrícolas que proporcionen equipo de protección personal, particularmente máscarillas, a los trabajadores agrícolas para que los usen mientras viajan hacia y desde los campos. Ayuda económica: Asignar fondos públicos para ayuda económica para los trabajadores agrícolas de Florida En los últimos meses, Florida se convirtió en un punto de acceso global de la pandemia de coronavirus, alcanzando niveles récord de infección a principios de julio que habrían clasificado al estado en la posición #4 en el mundo por nuevos casos de coronavirus en un día. La comunidad de trabajadores agrícolas rurales de Immokalee contribuyó más de lo que le correspondía a este sombrío logro: hasta la fecha, ha habido más de 2,250 casos confirmados de COVID-19 en Immokalee, superando los totales en muchas de las ciudades costeras mucho más grandes del estado. Lamentablemente, los líderes la Coalición de Trabajadores de Immokalee (CIW) predijeron este resultado desde el comienzo de la pandemia en marzo. Pero a pesar de tener tiempo más que suficiente para prepararse para el ataque, los oficiales de salud estatales y locales no respondieron adecuadamente a la creciente crisis de salud pública, tanto a nivel estatal como de la comunidad de Immokalee. Los funcionarios de Florida y el condado de Collier tardaron en bloquear la actividad económica y tardaron en implementar pruebas generalizadas en Immokalee, lo que permitió que el virus estableciera un punto de apoyo seguro en la comunidad. Luego, en gran parte, no lograron construir el tipo de sistemas de rastreo y aislamiento de contactos necesarios para localizar y contener el virus, y fueron demasiado rápidos para reabrir la actividad económica, lo que proporcionó al virus un terreno fértil para su propagación casi sin control de mayo a julio. En este punto, es un hecho ampliamente conocido que los trabajadores agrícolas son más vulnerables, en el hogar y en el trabajo, a contraer el coronavirus. Viven en viviendas superpobladas, son transportados en vanes y autobuses repletos y, con demasiada frecuencia, no tienen equipo de protección personal. Además, Immokalee no tiene un hospital para poner en cuarentena y tratar los casos positivos. Con la temporada de cosecha de otoño acercándose rápidamente, la población de Immokalee se duplicará a medida que miles de trabajadores esenciales más regresen a la ciudad y miles de niños regresen a clases en persona sin estar seguros de los peligros que se avecinan. Una segunda tormenta perfecta de contagio se avecina en el horizonte y no podemos permitirnos el lujo de volver a fallar. Necesitamos su ayuda para renovar el llamado a la acción inmediata de los oficiales de Florida antes de la cosecha de otoño para proteger a los trabajadores agrícolas que nos alimentan a todos. Envíe un correo electrónico a la oficina del gobernador DeSantis hoy y exija que proteja la salud de los trabajadores agrícolas de Florida: GovernorRon.Desantis@eog.myflorida.com

Coalition of of Immokalee Workers
49,136 supporters
Petitioning Wendy's

Wendy's: We’re boycotting you until you support human rights for farmworkers!

For decades, farmworkers in the U.S. have faced physical and verbal abuse, daily threats to their health and safety, racial discrimination, wage theft and grinding poverty. Farmworkers also experience unconscionably high rates of sexual violence and harassment in the fields. In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center found that 80% of farmworker women report that they have experienced sexual harassment on the job. And in the most extreme cases, farmworkers have faced modern-day slavery, with nearly a dozen forced labor operations uncovered over the past two decades in Florida’s fields alone. That’s the bad news.  Here’s the good news: Today, there is a solution.  As farmworkers, we have created the Fair Food Program, a groundbreaking partnership among workers, growers, and major retail brands like McDonald’s, Whole Foods and Burger King that is ending decades of farmworker poverty and powerlessness.  The Fair Food Program has been called “the best workplace-monitoring program” in the U.S. in the New York Times, and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day” in the Washington Post, and has won widespread recognition for its unique effectiveness from a broad spectrum of human rights observers, from the White House to the United Nations.  Just last year the Fair Food Program received a Presidential Medal for its unique success in fighting modern-day slavery and other human rights abuses in corporate supply chains. But despite the Program’s historic achievements in advancing farmworkers' human rights, one buyer is still standing in the way of progress:  Wendy’s. We are calling on you to stand with farmworkers in boycotting Wendy’s until they join the Fair Food Program and agree to protect the basic human rights of workers in their supply chain. Not only has Wendy’s turned its back on the farmworkers who harvest its produce, but it has taken steps that directly undermine the transformation that has been brought about by the Fair Food Program.  Here’s how: Wendy's has not only refused to join the Fair Food Program (FFP), but has stopped buying tomatoes from Florida since the implementation of the FFP there. Rather than support an industry setting new standards for human rights, Wendy's took its tomato purchases to Mexico, where workers continue to confront wage theft, sexual harassment, child labor, and even slavery without access to protections. Instead of joining the FFP and its widely-acclaimed, uniquely successful worker-driven model of social responsibility, Wendy's released a new supplier code of conduct that contains no effective mechanisms for worker participation or enforcement. Wendy's new code represents the very worst of the traditional corporate approach to social responsibility driven by public relations rather than human rights. Wendy's stands alone as the last of the five major fast food corporations in the country not part of the FFP: McDonald's, Burger King, Yum! Brands and Subway are all doing the right thing and participating in the Program. By refusing to join, Wendy's is deriving a very real cost advantage over its competitors, while continuing to provide an alternative market for less reputable growers. It is unconscionable that Wendy’s refuses to support one of today’s most promising models to end poverty and human rights abuses in low-wage industries across the world. In five short years since its implementation, the Fair Food Program has prevented modern-day slavery and sexual violence, improved farmworker wages, and guaranteed basic safety protections for workers. Since the Program’s inception, participating buyers have paid well over $20 million into the FFP, helping to alleviate the poverty that our families have faced for decades. And we aren’t stopping with Florida tomatoes. In the past year, we expanded into Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, and to two new Florida crops, strawberries and bell peppers.  Thanks to the support of participating buyers, the Fair Food Program has expanded its protections to tens of thousands of new workers, and is poised to grow exponentially in the years ahead. Today, we need you to tell Wendy’s that if they want your business, they must join the Fair Food Program. To learn how you can join thousands of other consumers in the national Wendy’s Boycott, visit boycott-wendys.org.

Coalition of of Immokalee Workers
123,056 supporters