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& Coalition Alliances and Networks

The Student FarmWorkers Alliance

“Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) is a national network of students and youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. We work in alliance with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a Florida-based, membership-led organization of mostly Latino, Haitian, and Maya Indian low-wage workers.”

Their Goals include:

Educating through raising awareness about the struggles of farmworkers. Activities include the participation in worker-and student-led workshops, speaking tours, spring breaks volunteering with the alliance, and internships.

Action via the unification with worker-led campaigns. Here the goal is to build a team that understands the social changes and injustices taking place within the fields. The goal is solidarity with farmworkers and a future of “collective liberation” by achieving goals of “better wages and working conditions and respect for fundamental human rights”

Leadership Development that will give rise to a larger movement. Skills are the  focus of development which help build confidence in student workers. It aids in their ability to organize for social justice within their communities.

The Campaign for Fair Food

The Campaign for Fair Food educates consumes on the causes and solutions of farm labor exploitation. The campaigns intention is to form alliances between farmworkers and consumers. This helps to close the gap between producer and consumer, thus humanizing the process by which we get our food.

The Fair Food Program

This program promotes and ensures:

  • “A pay increase supported by the “penny per pound” paid by participating buyers, such as Taco Bell, Whole Foods, and pay for their tomatoes;
  • Compliance with the Code of Conduct, including zero tolerance for forced labor and sexual assault;
  • Worker-to-worker education sessions carried out by the CIW on the farms and on company time to insure workers understand their new rights and responsibilities;
  • A worker-triggered complaint resolution mechanism (including a 24-hour hotline staffed by the FFSC) leading to complaint investigation, corrective action plans, and, if necessary, suspension of a farm’s Participating Grower status, and thereby its ability to sell to Participating Buyers;
  • Health and safety committees on every farm to give workers a structured voice in the shape of their work environment; and
  • Ongoing auditing of the farms to insure compliance with each element of the FFP.”

Repercussions are backed by the Fair Foods Standards Council, which monitors the conduct of corporations that have agreed to the terms of the Fair Food Program.

 

Anti-slavery Campaign

A campaign that seeks to find and alleviate human trafficking and modern-day slavery conditions. They have ” uncovered, investigated, and assisted in the prosecution of numerous multi-state, multi-worker farm slavery operations across the Southeastern U.S., helping [to] liberate over 1,200 workers held against their will”

 


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