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Food workers continue to be under attack. Yesterday, immigration officials raided Southeast Provision, a beef slaughter plant outside Knoxville, Tennessee. Nearly 100 workers were arrested and separated from their families in a military – style operation that has once again left the immigrant community fearful..

According to the Washington Post, “Federal agents began investigating the company after Citizens Bank employees noticed that Southeastern Provision was withdrawing large sums of cash every week — more than $25 million since 2008. [IRS Special Agent Nicholas R.] Worsham said the plant hired undocumented workers who were paid in cash and subject to harsh conditions, including long hours without overtime and exposure to bleach and other chemicals without protective eyewear.”

A federal response to workplace exploitation should not include by forcibly removing workers from their families and communities. The Food Chain Workers Alliance calls on the Trump Administration and their enforcers to immediately halt all deportations until comprehensive immigration reform is achieved. The Alliance further calls on all workers, immigrants, people of color and our allies to make a statement of resistance by participating in a national day of action on May 1st, International Workers Day. Join May Day United fighting to ensure the most marginalized working families live with dignity, safety, and power.

We must unite to end the attacks on our communities.

NEWS FROM THE FRONTLINES

Joann & Jose receive James Beard Foundation Leadership Award

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Congratulations to our co-directors Joann Lo & Jose Oliva! On Monday October 23, 2017, Joann and Jose received the James Beard Foundation’s 2017 Leadership Award at a special dinner in New York City.  …

Support Tom Cat Bakery Workers

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Following a Department of Homeland Security ICE probe, officials at Tom Cat Bakery in Long Island City fired dozens of immigrant workers. The workers had spent years building the city’s oldest artisanal…

Migrant Justice and Ben & Jerry’s announce historic human rights agreement

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B&J’s is first company to join “Milk with Dignity” supply chain program From our member group Migrant Justice:  After years of negotiations and public campaigning, Migrant Justice and Ben &…

Good Food Purchasing Program Victory in Chicago

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Good Food Purchasing Passes Chicago City Council! New measure will ensure transparency in food systems and generate millions in revenue for local farmers, food-based businesses and communities. A New Day…

DACA: Call for Action & Solidarity

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Nationwide — Today President Trump announced the end of the DACA program, which for over five years allowed over 800,000 immigrant youth to work and attend school.   Trump made this…

Charlottesville Statement

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The Food Chain Workers Alliance stands firmly with the majority. The majority deplore the racist, anti-Semitic rallies and bloodshed in Charlottesville this weekend. Right-wing white nationalists and neo-nazi terrorists took to…

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We represent over 300,000 farmworkers, warehouse, meatpacking and distribution workers, restaurant industry and workers all along the food chain and all across the country.

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The Food Chain Workers Alliance focuses on four areas of work in order to improve the lives and communities of food system workers and their families. Each member organization participates in at least one of the four program committees.

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Being part of this Alliance has been awesome. We're gonna be noticed. When you bring so many people together for one cause, that's when we make a change.

Ruth Faircloth, Rural and Migrant Ministry

It's gonna take all of us. We really need to start talking amongst each other and getting more organized. Being part of the Food Chain Workers Alliacne is really big for my organization so we can amplify our stories and hopefully bring about change faster.

Dominic Ware, OUR Walmart (Organization United for Respect at Walmart)

I was treated differently after i started organizing to form a union. But it's worth it to fight for equal rights, a better wage and a better future.

Velia Perez, Teamsters Joint Council 7

I think the food movement needs to be much, much broader and the FCWA has made that intersectionality much more visible.

Jen Mendoza, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center

To know that other organizations are dealing with with the same issues - if we were all able to come together and work as one, I believe that it will change a lot of things.

Tammy Parkes, Rural and Migrant Ministry

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VOICES OF THE FOOD CHAIN

Voices of the Food Chain is a project of the Food Chain Workers Alliance and Real Food Media to capture and share stories of the country’s 20 million food workers in their own words. Including voices of farmworkers, warehouse workers, meatpackers, line cooks, restaurant servers and more, the project features conversations recorded with StoryCorps, black and white portraits, and a video on the current challenges and victories at the intersection of labor and food. Voices of the Food Chain is part of a growing national movement to bring justice to all workers along the food chain.

 

Produced by Real Food Media
Director & Producer: Emmanuel Camacho
Camera Operator & Sound Recording: Jamie Davalos

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