The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has taken an active role in allying themselves with the worker-led organization Migrant Justice, working in their dairy industry in Vermont. Migrant Justice’s mission is to build the voice, capacity, and power of the farmworker community and engage community partners to organize for economic justice and human rights. From this basis their members have defined community problems as a denial of rights and dignity and have prioritized building a movement to secure these fundamental human rights to: 1) Dignified Work and Quality Housing; 2) Freedom of Movement and Access to Transportation; 3) Freedom from discrimination; 4) Access to Health Care.
The Milk With Dignity Campaign builds a movement of farmworkers and allies to call on major food corporations to take responsibility for farmworker rights abuses in their supply chains. Farmworkers converted worker’s rights and housing violations into solutions in the creation of the Milk with Dignity Code of Conduct—defining the human rights essential to a dignified workplace and fair housing. Our members also noted that some dairy farms already had most of the Code of Conduct’s standards in place, demonstrating that it is both necessary and possible to raise the bar in the industry through this campaign.
To learn more about the CIW’s partnership with Migrant Justice, visit the CIW website here.
DC Fair Food takes an active role in supporting the Milk With Dignity Campaign in the Washington DC area.