Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida (IA) is a network of people of faith and religious institutions that works in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to improve sub-poverty wages and end modern-day slavery and human rights abuses in the fields. IA brings the spiritual resources of diverse faith traditions and the moral weight of faith-based voices in society to our work in collaboration with farmworkers for justice in the fields.
IA facilitates education for faith communities, including dialogue between farmworkers and non-farmworker people of faith, and animates people of faith to take action for justice in the agricultural industry. IA coordinates faith-based participation in the CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food, leveraging the moral, consumer, shareholder, and social power of faith communities to effectively call on major tomato purchasers to ensure fair wages and human rights for farmworkers. People of faith played a crucial role in bringing about the historic agreements between the CIW and Yum Brands, McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, and Whole Foods to directly improve the wages and conditions for the farmworkers who pick tomatoes for these companies.
IA also provides a wide range of logistical and technical assistance to the farmworkers of the CIW, both in Immokalee and in planning national tours and actions. IA is an affiliate of Interfaith Worker Justice and a founding member of the Alliance for Fair Food.