SLAVERY IN AMERICA: Talking tomatoes and justice at the dinner table

/ Topic: Justice Campaigns, Recipe for Change August 12, 2012

“Children can use their imaginations in such beautiful ways. We have been inspired by our children to think more creatively and courageously about how we can use our time, talent and resources to join God in the beautiful work of justice.” – Marta Sears

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SLAVERY IN AMERICA: 15 Years, 7 Cases, Over 1,000 Freed

by Seth Wispelwey / Topic: Justice Campaigns, Recipe for Change August 5, 2012

Throughout our summer Recipe for Change campaign, we have been sharing the stories of some of the tomato farmworkers enslaved in Florida, and then set free through the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). Thanks to CIW and the U.S. Department of Justice, seven cases have been successfully prosecuted over the past 15 years, bringing freedom to more than 1,000 farmworkers. Read More

Join the Recipe for Change National Day of Action: Saturday, September 1!

by Seth Wispelwey / Topic: Justice Campaigns, Recipe for Change August 5, 2012

Slavery is not just happening overseas. In the past 15 years, over 1,000 people have been freed from slavery in Florida's tomato fields. Many of you have joined in our summer campaign, Recipe for Change, to be part of an existing solution.  As the summer winds down and we approach the end of the campaign, we want to multiply our numbers so the message is loud and clear: We want guaranteed slave–free tomatoes!

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Featured Recipe: Michael Pollan’s Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

/ Topic: Justice Campaigns, Recipe August 2, 2012

Each week, Recipe for Change will feature a tomato recipe from a leader in the movement to end slavery, both here in the United States and around the world. You can sign up to get these recipes, along with information and stories on slavery in Florida’s tomato fields and ways you can take action this summer. You’ll receive one email per week between July 4th and Labor Day.

This week, we're excited to feature a tomato recipe from author and food advocate Michael Pollan!

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Slavery in America - Meet Adan

/ Topic: Justice Campaigns, Recipe for Change July 25, 2012

Throughout our Recipe for Change campaign this summer, we’ll be sharing stories about slavery in Florida’s tomato fields. We are grateful to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers for providing this story.

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Adan’s Story

Adan is an indigenous Mayan farmworker from Mexico whose first language is Mixe.  In Adan's home village, there were no jobs, and he owned no land.  With a family to feed, including a child with leukemia needing specialized medical care, Adan joined three friends in 2001 on a journey to Florida in search of work.   Read More

Slavery in America - Meet Mariano

/ Topic: Justice Campaigns, Recipe for Change July 19, 2012

Throughout our Recipe for Change campaign this summer, we’ll be sharing stories about slavery in Florida’s tomato fields. We are grateful to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers for providing this story.

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Mariano’s Story

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Write a Letter to the Editor, Asking for Guaranteed Slave-Free Tomatoes.

by Seth Wispelwey / Topic: Justice Campaigns, Recipe for Change July 18, 2012

One way you can get involved is by writing a Letter to the Editor in your local paper. A thoughtful and pointed Letter to the Editor is one of the most potent communication tools for concerned citizens. The fight for slave-free tomatoes is a movement that matters to every municipality and every kitchen table. And writing to your local paper is a way you can help take a stand against slavery right here in our own country. Here are some tips for writing and submitting your letter:

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Holly Burkhalter Testifies Before Senate Foreign Relations Committee!

by Kate Case / Topic: Justice Campaigns July 18, 2012

Last Tuesday, IJM Vice President of Government Relations Holly Burkhalter testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about effective tools and policy improvements that are needed to fight human trafficking in the next ten years. 

Senators John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, Marco Rubio, Dick Durbin, Ben Cardin and Jim Webb joined the conversation with the three panelists who testified – including Holly, Humanity United's Vice President for Policy and Government Relations David Abramovitz, and actress and activist Jada Pinkett-Smith. After the testimonies, the Senators engaged questions on how to best implement these proposed policies in the following years so that the United States remains on the forefront in the fight against human trafficking.

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Slavery in America - Meet Antonio

/ Topic: Justice Campaigns, Recipe for Change July 16, 2012

Throughout our Recipe for Change campaign this summer, we'll be sharing stories about slavery in Florida's tomato fields. We are grateful to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers for providing this story.  Read More

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