“What we…continue to demand…from these companies…a living wage…a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment and a zero tolerance policy for forced labor.”
- Santiago Perez, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
In commemoration of International Worker’s Day we share Santiago Perez’s presentation at the US Human Rights Network’s 2013 biannual national conference, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia. Santiago introduces us to the innovative and groundbreaking work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of corporate social responsibility, community organizing, and sustainable food.
Santiago led conference attendees on a march to a local Publix, where they called on Publix to join the Fair Food Program (FFP) and to do its part to help improve the lives of the farmworkers who pick its tomatoes.
The FFP is a groundbreaking model for social responsibility based on a unique partnership among farmworkers, Florida tomato growers, and participating buyers. The FFP has been called “one of the great human rights success stories of our day” in a Washington Post op-ed.
We ask you to take action today and sign the petition urging Publix to join the Fair Food Program.
Go to the CIW website to learn more ways to protect the human rights of farmworkers in the U.S.