Last week I posted about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and their fight to get Wendy's to join the Fair Food Program, which 90 percent of tomato growers and 60 percent of tomato retailers have already joined because it makes things better for everyone. Well, Wendy's attempted to clap back with a divide and conquer effort. It took them days and days to respond, and all they came up with was that CIW should not be exploiting women to push a labor agenda.
“There’s no new news here, aside from the CIW trying to exploit the positive momentum that has been generated by and for women in the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement to advance their interests,” a spokesperson for Wendy’s told the Huffington Post.
But guess what? Female farmworkers are women too!
Hollywood stood up strong.
Sara Ziff, co-founder of the Model Alliance who organizes against rampant sexual abuse in fashion, did a great thread on the conflict.
This isn’t just solidarity between women, but different kinds of women in the same movement supporting each other’s specific fights. For me, it's the difference between doing something "for you" and doing something "for us."