In 2018 we grew our relationships with several coalitions, growing our movement of allies from various sectors toward achieving common goals of fair labor and a just food system.
A look back at movement-building in 2018:
- FCWA joined the steering committee of the Animal Agriculture Reform Collaborative (AARC). It is our hope that we can use this coalition to help lift up worker issues in the animal agriculture sector.
- We issued a joint statement with the HEAL Food Alliance in solidarity with the historic 2018 prison strike and attended the 2018 HEAL annual membership summit alongside several of our member organizations.
- We attended the Northeast and National Assemblies of the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance alongside several members with the goal of elevating the voice of food workers in food sovereignty movements.
- We collaborated with the Solidarity Center and the UCLA Labor Center on a Global Food Workers Forum and helped organize an exchange between US, Moroccan, Tunisian, and Mexican farmworker union leaders.
- We worked with Why Hunger to organize a side meeting at the United Nations with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Food Hilal Elver, for the launching of her report “Farmworkers and the Right to Food” with presentations from Rural Migrant Ministry and FCWA staff.
- We joined the Good Food For All coalition and participated in actions for a more just Farm Bill and in opposition to recent anti-immigrant policies introduced by the Trump Administration.
- We co-organized a regional membership meeting of the Domestic Fair Trade Association in Tacoma, Washington on December 1.
- We issued a statement against a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling on picketing that strongly infringes on the first amendment rights of workers.
- We joined national efforts to support the migrant caravan, including organizing our own FCWA west coast caravan that took member donated supplies to the border.
- We continued to uplift the FCWA message in many spaces this year, including several joint member workshops and presentations at JustFood, NESAWG, and Community Food Systems, to name a few.
The FCWA Movement-Building working group continues to expand, and in January we will be convening a workshop in Los Angeles to plan for the coming year.