“I see something special when I see SFA in action. It gives me hope that this world will be a better place, and I see us transforming it little by little, one corporate giant after another."
“It is our
hope that today's farmworker movement will serve as one of many points
on the horizon that inspires young people to believe in the possibility
of a better world – a world where we all have space to realize
| Who we are
Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) is a national network of students and youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. We work in alliance with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a Florida-based, membership-led organization of mostly Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian low-wage workers. We understand our work—which formally began in 2000—as part of larger movements for economic and social justice.
Following the Taco bell victory and seeking to expand the victory's precedents to the entire tomato industry, the CIW also led successful campaigns resulting in “Fair Food” agreements with McDonald's, Burger King, Whole Foods and Subway. Once again, students and youth played a vital role in this string of victories that spanned 2007-2008.
SFA returned to intensive campus organizing with the launch of the Dine with Dignity campaign in March of 2009, calling on major food service providers to take responsibility for the conditions in which the produce they serve is harvested. In just 16 months, four of the nation's leading foodservice companies (Bon Appetit, Compass Group, Aramark and Sodexo) had agreed to work with the CIW.
As the “target market” of the fast food industry and as students strategically poised to hold our educational institutions accountable, young people have played an indispensable role in bringing about each of the groundbreaking “Fair Food” agreements. Our work has received national recognition including the 2005 “Campus Activism Victory of the Year” by Mother Jones Magazine and special honors from American Rights at Work, the Business Ethics Network, and the National Latino/a Law Student Association.
Through tireless organizing grounded in a program of education, action, and leadership development, we were a driving force behind eight of the largest victories against corporate greed that our generation has seen, and we're just getting started. Now we shift our gaze to the supermarket industry as we continue—alongside farmworkers—to create the path to a better world.
PO Box 603, Immokalee, FL 34143 :: (239) 657-8311 :: organize (at) sfalliance.org