Tomato Workers Travel 3,000 Miles to Ask for a One-Penny-a-Pound Raise; Big Supermarket Chains Give them the Cold Shoulder

My protest marching skills are a bit rusty, having last been put to use in 1968 on behalf of Eugene McCarthy and his thwarted bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. But on a bitter afternoon in Boston recently, I sloshed through a few inches of slushy snow with more than 900 supporters of the Coalition […]

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●Rainbow Warfare: Greenpeace Sets Sail to Save the Bluefin ●A Raw (Milk) Deal for Wisconsin Democracy ●Supermarket Giant to Fisheries: Clean Up, or We Won’t Buy from You ●Hot Dog! Hunt’s Takes High-Fructose Corn Syrup out of Ketchup   Bluefins’ Last Hope? Last fall, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunaslived up to […]

Farmworkers Score Major Victory in the Fight for Fair Treatment

Chalk up another one for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), the Florida-based community organization that has been trying for decades to improve the grim lot of migrant tomato pickers, most of whom toil for less than minimum wage. This week, ARAMARK, the giant corporation that supplies food to universities, hospitals, stadiums, and other institutions […]

Not-So Candid Cameras: Supermarket Films Protesting Farmworkers’ Kids

After more that 15 years of petitions, demonstrations, hunger strikes, and lobbying efforts, members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a group trying to alleviate the abysmal labor conditions in Florida’s tomato fields (including slavery), take adversity as a given in their battle to secure living wages from the giant corporations that control the […]